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A Year With Frog and Toad

          Cookies, explosions, swimming, talking animals and snails with mail. A year with Frog and Toad is straight out of a children’s book. Literally! Based on the books by Arnold Lobel, A Year with Frog and Toad first debuted at Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis in 2002. The original show went on to be on and off Broadway Eventually being nominated for three Tony’s. In 2007 there was an additional revival at Children’s Theater. Now, A Year with Frog and Toad has returned for the…


Added by Avery Ronning on June 18, 2017 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

You will find a place to call - Spotlight Student Showcase 2017

          All across the state, school theatre programs participate in the spotlight showcase. A collection of the best and most well done shows from high schools across the state. The casts gather in Minneapolis. These students prepare for weeks to perform at the state theatre for two nights. On June 12th, and 13th of 2017, all spotlight outstanding schools gathered for this show at the state theatre. Surrounded by family, friends, and supporters, these students perform medleys and excerpts…


Added by Avery Ronning on June 16, 2017 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

No Day But Today to see Rent

          On June 6th, 2017, one of the most iconic shows to ever hit Broadway, opened at the Orpheum theatre in Minneapolis. Staying for a 6 day run, the cast of Rent, breaks hearts and lifts spirits simultaneously. Take it or Leave it, Rent is no doubt one of the most memorable musicals.  

          Being the first time seeing the show, whether in a movie or onstage, i was expecting a good show that people liked. What…


Added by Avery Ronning on June 8, 2017 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

What Is This Feeling? Amazement.

          For over 10 years, Wicked has been a smash hit on Broadway. On April 12th, the touring production opened in Minneapolis for a month-long run. Of course, because of its relevance and importance in the theatre world, Wicked has a reputation to live up to. The performance on April 13th more than lived up to it. This production smashed my expectations.  I went in anticipating an amazing performance…


Added by Avery Ronning on April 15, 2017 at 11:05pm — No Comments

The Queen of the night is still reigning

A good attention getter starts a show off right. Though I do think that a gunshot can scare quite a few people, it was a good way to start off the show and shock the audience into their seats. A tiny bit of warning would have been appreciated. An upbeat rock concert does definitely make up for the shock. The Bodyguard used shock factor and scare techniques to drag their audience into the show. On January…


Added by Avery Ronning on January 29, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Fun Home is definitely Fun

          You know that if you walk into a theatre, and see the words “Gay Union” on a door, It going to be amazing. LGBT+ people are not exactly the most well represented in the media (to say the least.) The 2015 Tony judges had a different idea when they gave Fun Home the award for best musical. Based off of a graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel ( the main character played by four different actors.) This flamboyant, poignant show that is full of significant…


Added by Avery Ronning on December 16, 2016 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Poking your nose into Christopher Boone’s business

          Getting into someone’s head can be excruciatingly difficult. Maybe a better word would be impossible. In the 6 time Tony winner The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, we get the rare chance to see into the very unique mind of Christopher John Francis Boone (Portrayed by Adam Langdon). A boy who knows all the countries of the world and the capital cities. As well as, every prime number up to…


Added by Avery Ronning on December 2, 2016 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The Lion King: Be Prepared for one fantastic show

Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design of a Musical. Just 3 of the 6 Tonys the lion king won. The breathtaking musical has been running on Broadway since November 1997. Before it hit Broadway, the Lion King debuted at the Orpheum in Minneapolis in July 1997. Now, it is back. The Lion King is performing at the Orpheum in Minneapolis from July 5th to August 7th.…


Added by Avery Ronning on July 9, 2016 at 4:43pm — No Comments

10 Chairs and 10 Actors

Two of the main things I look at in theater are the set/scenery and the costumes. When you walk into the Capri theater to see Next festival’s The Illyria Project, you see 10 chairs and 10 music stands. There is a DJ playing music and people sitting in the audience talking to each other. When the show is scheduled to start you see 10 actors walk into the theater in everyday clothing, most in  black, but some in colors.

On May 21st, 2016 at the…


Added by Avery Ronning on May 23, 2016 at 5:04pm — No Comments

All American Musical

     Before going to most shows, I do my research. I find out about awards the show has won, listen to the soundtrack, go through a brief summary, etc. The show was fast paced, full of movement, and full of comedy. Sometimes, I even had to ask my friend what was going on. I was not alone. She had to ask me, a couple of times, what they had just said. Pronunciation is key in any good show. The Book of Mormon is not any good show. It is the pinnacle of comedy and performance. It’s no surprise…


Added by Avery Ronning on May 12, 2016 at 9:34pm — 1 Comment

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

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

Why are all the D’Ysquiths dying? Because it’s hilarious!!

          Performing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis January 5th through 10th, the Tony award-winning Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, directed by Darko Tresnjak. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is about Monty Navarro. A poor man who learns that he is a D’Ysquith as well as 9th in line to become Earl of Highhurst. Monty’s love interest Sibella mentions how unlikely it is for all 8 of the D’Ysquiths ahead of him to die. This gives Monty the idea to kill off the 8…


Added by Avery Ronning on January 7, 2016 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Dare to see Blue Man Group!!!!

         There was no point in this show when I was not smiling or laughing. Sitting in my seat, looking at the blue drummers in front of me I saw that a big part of the experience was seeing the performers reactions to each other and the audience. Someone in the house laughs and the blue heads turn towards the noise. More audience members laugh at that reaction and that sparks a domino effect. More people laugh, the blue heads turn again. This is repeated about 3 times before one of the…


Added by Avery Ronning on December 20, 2015 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

I Felt the Earth Move when I saw this show!

This show makes any person want to start following their dreams. Carole King’s  mother wanted her to be a teacher, but she listened to her heart and became a songwriter. The…


Added by Avery Ronning on November 20, 2015 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments


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