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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Performance

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/theatre/season/

 

BOX OFFICE: Call 507-389-6661 from 4-6 p.m.,
Monday-Friday.

Box Office is located in the lobby of the Earley Center
for Performing Arts on the campus of Minnesota State
University, Mankato. Get directions here.

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Highland Summer Theatre 52!

 

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Book by Jeffrey Lane; Music and lyrics by David Yazbek
May 30-June 2
Detailed schedule here.

Ted Paul Theatre
Made possible by the Minnesota State Mankato Legacy Society

Based on the popular 1988 MGM film, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity. Sophisticated, suave and with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical musical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score by David Yazbek (“The Full Monty”) and was nominated for a staggering eleven Tony Awards.

Tickets: $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

Steel Magnolias
By Robert Harling
June 13-16
Detailed schedule here.
Andreas Theatre
Made possible by Mayo Clinic Health System

Set in Truvy's beauty salon in Louisiana, the wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoo and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy."

Tickets: $16 regular; $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

Shrek the Musical
Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire; Music by Jeanine Tesori
June 26-July 1
Detailed schedule here.
Ted Paul Theatre
Made possible by Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic and Farrish Johnson Law Office

"Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek ..." And thus begins the musical tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and feisty Princess Fiona who resists her own rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero: Shrek!

Tickets: $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
By John Bishop
July 11-14
Detailed schedule here.
Andreas Theatre
Made possible by TRIO Programs

As a composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare a production, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. The murder mystery does get solved—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time.

Tickets: $16 regular; $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

2018-19 Mainstage Season

The Music Man
Book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson
Sept. 27-29 & Oct. 4-7, 2018
Detailed schedule here.
Ted Paul Theatre
Made possible by Consolidated Communications and South Central Community Based Initiative

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall..

Tickets: $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

The Mousetrap
By Agatha Christie
Oct. 11-14 & 17-21, 2018
Detailed schedule here.
Andreas Theatre

A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone.

Tickets: $16 regular; $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

The Happy Elf
Music and lyrics by Harry Connick, Jr.;
Book by Lauren Gunderson and Andrew Fishman
Nov. 1-3 & 8-11, 2018
Detailed schedule here.
Ted Paul Theatre
Made possible by Mayo Clinic Health System

The Happy Elf follows Eubie, the happiest elf at the North Pole. More than anything else, Eubie longs to be a part of Santa's sleigh team. Instead, he's stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. Then, one Christmas Eve, he sees something strange: in the whole town of Bluesville, not a single person has been nice. With a pinch of elfish magic and a magical whoosh, Eubie's off to Bluesville. But can he turn a whole town of naughty children nice in just one day?

Tickets: $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

Peter and the Starcatcher
Book by Rick Elice; and music by Wayne Barker
Jan. 31-Feb. 3 & Feb. 6-10, 2019
Detailed schedule here.
Andreas Theatre

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands.

Tickets: $16 regular; $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

Macbeth
By William Shakespeare
Feb. 14-16 & 21-24, 2019
Detailed schedule here.
Ted Paul Theatre
Made possible by Mayo Clinic Health System

A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia.

Tickets: $16 regular; $14 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Music by Alan Menken; lyrics by Stephen Schwartz;
and book by Peter Parnell
April 11-13 & 18-20, 2019
Detailed schedule here.
Ted Paul Theatre
Co-sponsored by Community Bank Mankato, Jones & Magnus and Tailwind Group

The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in 15th-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer, observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda.

Tickets: $22 regular, $19 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

2018-19 Studio Season

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Book by John Cameron Mitchell;
music & lyrics by Stephen Trask
Sept. 12-15, 2018
Detailed schedule here.
Andreas Theatre

The musical tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just “an angry inch.”

Tickets: $13 regular; $12 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $11 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

Stupid F*cking Bird
By Aaron Posner
Nov. 14-17, 2018
Detailed schedule here.
Andreas Theatre

An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be.

Tickets: $10 regular; $9 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $8 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

Mothers and Sons
By Terrence McNally
March 27-30, 2019
Detailed schedule here.
Andreas Theatre

Mother and Sons portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led.

Tickets: $10 regular; $9 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $8 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

Brainpeople
By José Rivera
April 24-27, 2019
Detailed schedule here.
Andreas Theatre

A wealthy woman invites two strangers to join her in a strange feast commemorating the death of her parents. Mayannah has done this every year but her dark purpose remains unclear. All that will change tonight when two damaged souls find their way to her table. Taking place in a not-so-distant future, the sounds of a war-torn Los Angeles fill the air.

Tickets: $10 regular; $9 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $8 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

 

2018-19 Dance Concerts

Fall Dance Concert
7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 2018, in the Ted Paul Theatre

Tickets: $10 regular; $9 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $8 for Minnesota State Mankato students.

Spring Dance Concert
7:30 p.m. May 3 and 2 p.m. May 4, 2019, in the Ted Paul Theatre

Tickets: $10 regular; $9 for seniors ages 65 and older, children under 16 and groups of 15 or more; and $8 for Minnesota State Mankato students.