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June 13-16: Highland Summer Theatre

"Avenue Q" is second show of summer season.

2012-06-18
Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release [4-3-12]

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will continue its 46th annual summer season at the Highland Summer Theatre from June 13-16 with the musical "Avenue Q" in the Ted Paul Theatre.

"Avenue Q" is the second of four summer productions.

From June 26-30, the summer season will continue with the drama “God of Carnage” in the Andreas Theatre. The season will conclude with the with the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” from July 12-14 & 18-21 in the Ted Paul Theatre.

Individual tickets for all shows are on sale now. Subscriptions are available by mail order only. To receive a brochure or for more information, visit http://www.mnsu.edu/theatre/ or call 507-389-2118 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The first show of the summer season was from May 29 to June 2. “Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.” was the production and it was presented in partnership with the Minnesota State Mankato Heritage Society. “God of Carnage” is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato TRIO programs, and “The Sound of Music” is sponsored by Orthopedic & Fracture Clinic, Eide Bailly and Farrish Johnson Law Office.

“Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.” was presented in partnership with the Minnesota State Mankato Heritage Society. “God of Carnage” is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato TRIO programs, and “The Sound of Music” is sponsored by Orthopedic & Fracture Clinic, Eide Bailly and Farrish Johnson Law Office.

Individual show information:

"Love, Sex and the I.R.S."

  • By Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore
  • 7:30 p.m. May 29-June 2 in the Andreas Theatre
  • Presented in partnership with the Minnesota State University, Mankato Heritage Society

Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are out of work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as being a married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the “couple” they're going to be investigated by a Mr. Spinner. Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon's fiancee, Kate. But there’s more going on than meets the eye when it comes to Love, Sex and the I.R.S. This is its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

"Avenue Q"

  • Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty
  • 7:30 p.m. June 13-16 in the Ted Paul Theatre

Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, is part flesh, part felt puppets and packed with heart. Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud “for adults only” musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q, which is far away but similar to Sesame Street. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Songs include "What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?," "The Internet is for Porn" and "Everyone's A Little Bit Racist." Avenue Q is making its Minnesota State Mankato debut. This show contains mature language and content; it is NOT recommended for children.

"God of Carnage"

  • By Yasmina Reza; translated by Christopher Hampton
  • 7:30 p.m. June 26-30 in the Andreas Theatre
  • Sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato TRIO Program

The 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play is an explosive comedic drama exploring the dynamics of two couples that meet over drinks to discuss an episode of bullying perpetrated by the child of one set of beleaguered parents. As with her previous plays such as Art and Life X 3, Reza examines the explosive underbelly of a seemingly “civilized” strata of modern society. God of Carnage is making its Minnesota State Mankato debut.

"The Sound of Music"

  • Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Suggested by “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.”
  • 7:30 p.m. July 12-14 & 18-21 in the Ted Paul Theatre
  • Sponsored by Eide Bailly, Orthopedic & Fracture Clinic and Farrish Johnson Law Office

This is the final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the captain and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, and the family must escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II. Songs include "My Favorite Things," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and "Edelweiss." Minnesota State Mankato presented The Sound of Music in 1977 and the summer of 1996.

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