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Highland Summer Theatre subscriptions on sale

The Department of Theatre & Dance is thinking summer, with season subscriptions for the 45th annual Highland Summer Theatre season now on sale.

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release [4-29-11]

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance is thinking summer, with season subscriptions for the 45th annual Highland Summer Theatre season now on sale.

As always, the season will include two plays in the Andreas Theatre, two musicals in the Ted Paul Theatre, the return of alumni in acting and design roles, and a healthy sprinkling of current and graduating students all around. In keeping with the summer school schedule, the first show opens in late May with the final one closing before the end of July.

The season opens May 24 in the Andreas Theatre with “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani. Through a series of vignettes, the residents of Almost, Maine explore the fun, foibles and pain of love. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. May 24-28, made possible by General Mills Foundation Gift Matching Program.

“Clue: The Musical” is the first musical of the summer, running at 7:30 p.m. June 8-11 in the Ted Paul Theatre. The book is by Peter Depietro, music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci, lyrics by Tom Chiodo. It is based on the Parker Brothers’ board game. The internationally popular game comes to life—and death—as the audience is called upon to help discover who killed Mr. Boddy. New sponsor is Gislason & Hunter Law Office.

Next is “The Owl and the Pussycat,” Bill Manhoff’s story that became a popular movie starring George Segal and Barbra Streisand. An aspiring author reports his neighbor to the landlord, thinking she’s a prostitute plying her trade. When it’s discovered she’s an actress and model, she forces him to take her in since she’s been evicted. Performances are 7:30 p.m. June 21-25 in the Ted Paul Theatre, sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato TRIO Program.

The summer closer will be “Annie,” the musical adaptation of the comic strip character Little Orphan Annie. Performances are 7:30 p.m. July 7-9 and 13-16 in the Ted Paul Theatre, sponsored by Eide Bailly, Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic and Farrish Johnson Law Office. Annie is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the embittered Miss Hannigan. Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Season subscriptions are $60 (plus $5 processing per order) and are available via mail order or online (online subscriptions available after May 1). Order forms may be downloaded at or you may request one be mailed to you. Friends of the Theatre donors have priority ordering up to May 1; all other mail orders will be processed after that date in the order they were received. Season subscriptions will be available online at after May 1 as well. Individual tickets for ALL shows go on sale May 16.

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