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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Supporters of the Theatre

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The support of "Friends of the Theatre" is what transforms a good season into a sensational season. Contributions support student scholarships, production expenses and help to keep ticket prices affordable. Consider joining the ranks of the Friends of the Theatre. By adding the new minimum gift of $100 or more when ordering your season subscription, you help keep quality theatre a Southern Minnesota tradition .. plus, you get first shot at the best seats available! 


Giving to Theatre & Dance

If making a gift that you want designated to the Department of Theatre & Dance, please be sure to specify that when utilizing this Giving web page.

Enventis check presentation

Pictured at the presentation of the Enventis/HickoryTech Foundation gift in May 2014 are (left to right): Enventis Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer David Christensen; Minnesota State Mankato Vice President of Finance and Administration Rick Straka; Vice President of University Advancement Kent Clark; Enventis President and CEO John Finke; past Enventis board members Lyle Jacobson and Starr Kirklin; and Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance Chair Paul Hustoles. 


Corporate Sponsor Support

Each season, the Department of Theatre & Dance gets generous support from Corporate Sponsors. Below the history of our sponsors and the shows they have sponsored in the past:

Consolidated Communications/Enventis/HickoryTech Corporation, and HickoryTech Foundation

1994—South Pacific
1995—A Chorus Line
1996—The Music Man
1997—The King and I
1998—Fiddler on the Roof
1999—Singin' in the Rain
2003—Kiss Me, Kate
2004—The Wizard of Oz
2005—Man of La Mancha
2006—Peter Pan
2008—Miss Saigon
2009—Into the Woods
2012—A Chorus Line
2013—Les Misérables
2014—Disney's Beauty and the Beast
2016—The Full Monty
2017—Little Women
2018The Music Man

Express Personnel Services

2006—Arsenic and Old Lace
2007—Enchanted April

Blethen, Gage & Krause

2005—Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
2006-07—One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
2007—Bus Stop
2009—A Christmas Carol
2010—The Odyssey
2011—Altar Boyz
2012—Cactus Flower
2013—Blithe Spirit

In Celebration of the Life of Donabel C. Linney


General Mills Gift Matching Program

Highland Summer Theatre 2010—On Golden Pond
Highland Summer Theatre 2011—Almost, Maine
Highland Summer Theatre 2012—Love, Sex and the I.R.S.
Highland Summer Theatre 2013—The 39 Steps
Highland Summer Theatre 2014—Rope
Highland Summer Theatre 2015—The Foreigner
Highland Summer Theatre 2016—Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Hale Associates

Highland Summer Theatre 2006—Picnic
HST 2007—Last of the Red Hot Lovers
HST 2008—Dial 'M' for Murder
HST 2009—Deathtrap
(With General Mills) HST 2010—On Golden Pond

Gislason & Hunter Law Offices

HST 2011—Clue: The Musical

Immanuel St. Joseph's-Mayo Health System/
Mayo Clinic Health System

2000—Angel Street
2001—You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
2006—Beauty and the Beast
2010—42nd Street
2011—The Producers
2015—A Christmas Story: The Musical
HST 2018—Steel Magnolias
2018Elf the Musical

Minnesota State Mankato TRIO Programs

Highland Summer Theatre 1997--Annie Get Your Gun
HST 1998—Life With Father
HST 2000—The Odd Couple
HST 2001—The Nerd
HST 2002—The Woman in Black
HST 2003—Prelude to a Kiss
HST 2004—The Dining Room
HST 2005—The Complete History of America (abridged)
HST 2006—The Seven Year Itch
HST 2007—The Runner Stumbles
HST 2008—The Boys Next Door
HST 2009—Plaza Suite
HST 2010—The Sunshine Boys
HST 2011—The Owl and the Pussycat
HST 2012—God of Carnage
HST 2013—I Ought to Be In Pictures
HST 2014—Boeing Boeing
HST 2015—Doubt
HST 2016—The Nerd
HST 2017—Proof
HST 2018The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Minnesota State Mankato Legacy Society

HST 2017—The Odd Couple (Female Version)
HST 2018Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (The Musical)

Minnesota State Mankato Women's Center

Studio season 2009-10—Virgin Territory (premiere)
Studio season 2011-12—Why We Have A Body

Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, PA
Farrish Johnson Law Office
Eide Bailly (formerly Wolf, Etter & Co.)
Pamela & Wynn Kearney Foundation

2002—A Christmas Carol
2003Of Mice and Men
2005The Crucible
Highland Summer Theatre 2006Grease
HST 2007—Bye Bye Birdie
HST 2008—The Music Man
HST 2009—Damn Yankees
HST 2010— High School Musical
HST 2011—Annie
HST 2012—The Sound of Music
HST 2013—Spamalot
HST 2014—Hairspray
HST 2015—The Addams Family
HST 2016Footloose
HST 2017The Little Mermaid
HST 2018Shrek the Musical

Community Bank Mankato

2011—Born Yesterday
2012—The Phantom of the Opera
2013—Legally Blonde the Musical
2014—The Drowsy Chaperone
2015—The Pirates of Penzance
2016—Mary Poppins
2018Bye Bye Birdie

Jones Law (formerly Jones and Magnus, Attorneys at Law)

2015—The Pirates of Penzance
2016—Mary Poppins
2018—Bye Bye Birdie
2019The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Mankato Ford

2012—The Phantom of the Opera
2013—Legally Blonde the Musical
2014—The Drowsy Chaperone

Radio Mankato

2012—The Phantom of the Opera
2013—Legally Blonde the Musical
2014—The Drowsy Chaperone

Tailwind Group

2014—The Pirates of Penzance
2016—Mary Poppins
2018—Bye Bye Birdie
2019The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Lyle Wichmann (2015)

HST 2015—The Addams Family

Weilage Advisory Group

HST 2016—Seussical

Wynn and Ginnette Kearney Foundation

2012-13—The Mandrake

Xcel Energy



Friends of the Theatre Benefits

(A gift will be present only if it is requested at the time of the donation)

Patron's and Sponsor's Club $100-$499

  • First choice of season subscriptions until determined date
  • Recognition in the theatre programs during your membership year
  • Annual Minnesota State Mankato Theatre & Dance mug

Director's Club $500-$749

All of the above, plus:

  • Annual Minnesota State Mankato Theatre & Dance calendar

Angel's and Benefactor's Club $750 or more

All of the above, plus:

  • Engraved MSU Theatre pen


For information about our endowment program, call Dr. Paul J. Hustoles, Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance, at 507-389-2118. Donations are tax deductible as a charitable contribution.  Donations may be sent to the Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance at 201 Earley Center for Performing Arts, Mankato, MN 56001.