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I'm Not Making Things Up Again With The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is full of unapologetic humor, which had me falling off my seat with uncontrollable laughter. As we all know The Book of Mormon was Hamilton five years ago. The only difference is that The Book of Mormon comes to Minnesota numerous times. This musical is about a prodigy student in the Mormon Church, Elder Price (Ryan Bondy), who goes off on his mission trip to spread the word of God around the world. Price gets paired up with another Elder who seems to know nothing of The…


Added by Natalie Juell on May 12, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

'The Book Of Mormon' Will Make It A Latter Day

As Book of Mormon was opening, I’ll admit I was worried. I had high hopes, and the doorbell first number, Hello!, wasn't grabbing me as I had hoped. Instead, it felt campy and forced. That is, until Cody Jamison Strand showed up as Elder Cunningham, a character trying his absolute best but not exactly succeeding. This schtick gets even better when his seemingly flawless counterpart, Elder Price, shows up and reveals his dream Mormon mission…


Added by Delia Grimes on May 12, 2016 at 3:10pm — 2 Comments

They Had Me form Hello

Parker Lehman

The Book of Mormon


They Had Me from Hello

I just want to start off by saying, if you get offended easily this will not be the show for you. When you’re watching if the thought “oh they’re not going to go there” occurs to you then, yeah, they’re going there. The show was written by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park. They do seem to reign in some of their usual infantile nature to produce a more mature show. That…


Added by Parker Lehman on May 12, 2016 at 11:20am — No Comments

Hello Book of Mormon!

The Book of Mormon is a Broadway musical of epic proportions and a reputation that precedes it. The nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical opened on Broadway in 2011 to high praise and now has sold-out audiences across the nation.

It’s understandable then that as I walked into the Orpheum Theatre May 10th my expectations were high. A prior fan of the show myself, I was apprehensive to see how a new group of actors would live up to the precedent set by the original…


Added by Maddie Turk on May 12, 2016 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Don't Turn Off The Book of Mormon


In today’s society, more and more religions are being understood and accepted by different people. While this is a great thing, there is one religion that I can’t wrap my head around: Mormonism. It seems that I am not alone in my confusion, because creators of The Book of Mormon (the musical) Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone made the musical specifically to poke fun at the morals of the Mormon…


Added by Laura Wyatt on May 11, 2016 at 8:24pm — 1 Comment

Blashphemy Never Felt So Good

Warning: Faces are susceptible to soreness the morning after a night of nonstop laughter and smiling. This was true for me after I saw The Book of Mormon, playing at the Orpheum until May 29. Written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards in 2011, including Best Musical. The show tells the hilarious story of Elders Price and Cunningham as they are sent on their mission to Uganda. Filled…


Added by Larissa Milles on May 11, 2016 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Third Times a Charm

“The Book of Mormon,” an astonishing musical written by the writers of South Park, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone, left me speechless in my seat from the moment the Angel Moroni (Daxton Bloomquist) began talking. This story follows a Mormon missionary, Kevin Price (Ryan Bondy), as he sets off on his two-year mission to Uganda with his new “best friend” Arnold Cunningham (Cody Jamison Strand). Along the way, Elder Price realizes that the Church isn’t about being selfish – the way…


Added by Melissa Faust on May 11, 2016 at 7:58am — 1 Comment

The Most Beautiful Parking Lot in the World!

Prom night, Greek gods, and music combine in A Night in Olympus. The famed Jeffrey Hatcher, Bill Corbett, and Chan Poling have collaborated to bring a new show to the Illusion Theater, and the result is a funny and irreverent musical with the classic “be careful what you wish for” setup.…


Added by Miranda Mier on May 9, 2016 at 11:15pm — 2 Comments

A Night in Perception

Whether it’s good or bad, prom is always memorable...even out in the middle of nowhere. In fact, that’s where interesting things like learning the faculty are actually gods happen. A Night in Olympus, written by Jeff Hatcher and Bill Corbett, is the story of a teenage girl who wants her dream night at prom. She learns that her teacher is actually the goddess Venus, who gives her the beauty to go to prom. And that’s where things go awry. It’s the age…


Added by Gerald Christopher Boles on May 9, 2016 at 11:01pm — 2 Comments

What's your supershark?!

Night at Olympus was such a modernized show all about high school and gods. Surprising mix I know... but in this show it works. You follow the life of Maggie an awkward teen who isn't confident in her skin, later you see her become someone knew.. Someone viewed as better. The whole show is leading up to the prom. Walking into the theater you see a very plain stage except for the build board looking painting in the very back with a drawing of a farmland and a blue sky full of…


Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on May 9, 2016 at 9:50pm — 2 Comments

Welcome to "Olympus"

Second only to New York when it comes to theatre seats per capita, it’s no wonder that every year dozens of shows make their world premier in the Twin Cities. Joining these show this season is A Night in Olympus, with a book by Jeffrey Hatcher and Bill Corbett and lyrics and music by Chan Poling.

A Night in Olympus  is the story of shy and geeky high schooler, Maggie and her zombie loving best friend, Harry. Much to the…


Added by Anne Boatman on May 9, 2016 at 8:24pm — 2 Comments

Amazing Olympus

A night at Olympus took the typical story of a wish gone wrong and turned it on it’s head. This story starts at a high school in the middle of nowhere, with ominus lighting and a minimalist set. We’re introduced to the characters, both students and teachers, played by a double cast. While confusing at first they made great work of costumes to make character differences quick and easy.  

We meet a girl named Maggie, shy and covered in bundles of…


Added by Alexis Langenfeld on May 9, 2016 at 4:52pm — 2 Comments

It's the One

This is a proud time for Minnesotans in the performance field. Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher and Composer and lyricist Chan Poling have created a musical to engaging, it should soon be on broadway.

A night in Olympus is the story of Maggie, a senior at Olympus High in Olympus, Indiana. Maggie and her Zombie-obsessed, best friend, Harry, are planning a zombie movie marathon for the night of prom. Meanwhile, Maggie dreams of going to prom with Chad,…


Added by Avery Ronning on May 8, 2016 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Olympus Has Risen

One of the greatest experiences a theater-goer can have in their life, is to be one of the first to witness a show. This was an experience I got to live as I saw the opening night production of the Illusion Theater’s A Night in Olympus. I was excited to see the show, but wasn’t expecting much more than some one-liners and a few catchy tunes.  I thought I was going to see just a fun production, but I was given a Titan of a show, leaving me pleasantly…


Added by Larissa Milles on May 8, 2016 at 8:58pm — 2 Comments

Gimme Gimme more of Millie

From auditions in January, to performance in May. The cast and crew of Thoroughly Modern Millie at Jefferson High School have been working tirelessly to make the performances happen. Suzanne Graff Gomes, the director of the show has had quite a job on her hands. With a cast of over 50, Suzanne wrangled this extremely talented cast into a performance to be very proud of.

Thomas Jefferson High School performed Thoroughly Modern Millie, May 4th…


Added by Avery Ronning on May 6, 2016 at 4:31pm — 1 Comment

A spoon full of sugar was all it took


Normally when you go to a high school play, you don't expect it to be broadway quality. Mary Poppins, performed at Kennedy High School in Bloomington, Minnesota came pretty close. I was blown away by the quality of the show. Of course, there were some snags, as there are in every show. Overall, the show was a joy to attend.

John F. Kennedy High School performed Mary Poppins from April 28th to 30th,…


Added by Avery Ronning on April 30, 2016 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Love is in the Air

It's hard to watch a production knowing it has not reached its full potential. It's difficult to see a show and all the effort put in from the actors as well as all the technicians but still not able to reach their full capacity due to the environment in which they are given to perform. Is it possible to blame the stage and the funding for not giving the audience the full experience?

DeLaSalle High School is an interesting place to perform. In the absence of an auditorium, the caved… Continue

Added by Martha Broadnax on April 28, 2016 at 9:58am — 1 Comment

Well...I'm Sold!

How would you like to live in Barbra Streisand's basement? Well, not live in it, but work in it anyway. The show Buyer & Cellar at the New Century Theater tackles this question in a one man show about a young man who is hired to run the shopping mall in Barbra Streisand’s basement. The show follows Alex Moore (Sasha Andreev) through his career at Barbra’s house and it compares his relationship with…


Added by Noah Coon on April 24, 2016 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

Smooth as an Earthquake Can Be

An emotional and soapbox piece that spans three different time periods, interweaving the stories of three sisters and their friends and families would seem like quite an ambitious project for an Undergraduate theater department. Most of the lofty requirements for a show such as Earthquakes in London are met by the talented students in the University of Minnesota BFA Program. Entering the intimate and minimalistic theatre space that is the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theatre, I did not… Continue

Added by Julian Spencer on April 19, 2016 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has a long history in theatre production the musical has been around for years, and the story itself dates all the way back to the story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis. The upbeat, inspiring show follows a group of twelve Isralite brothers who sell their youngest brother, and their father's favorite son, Joseph to a group of Ishmaelites, who took him off to Egypt. Before he was sold off, Jacob was given a multicolor coat of various colors… Continue

Added by Martha Broadnax on April 17, 2016 at 11:31am — No Comments


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