Each week I endeavor to list new performance art productions opening around the Twin Cities. With such an abundance of companies and venues in the area, keeping track of openings can be a challenge, but I’ll link whatever I can find. Provided descriptions are reprinted from production websites.
2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival
Hosted on 18 stages throughout the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Fringe Festival continues to represent one of the most daringly eclectic performance arts highlights of the year. Because production slots are awarded based on a randomly selected lottery system, audiences can be assured a mixture of seasoned professionals and aspiring artists exhibiting a wildly diverse spectrum of works that run the gamut from the electrifying inspired to the properly undiscovered. Marking its 18th anniversary, the 2011 Fringe will feature 168 one-hour productions, offering copious options for even the most esoteric tastes. Runs through 08/14.
– from the Minnesota Fringe Festival
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: Hairspray
It’s 1962, and pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, but she must use her newfound power and the help of a crazy cast of characters, to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do!’ This production features hits such as “Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now,” “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” and “Good Morning Baltimore.” Runs through 01/28.
– from Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Children’s Theatre Company: Honk!
A special presentation from the CTC’s Theatre Arts Training program, Honk! is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, The Ugly Duckling and features a Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat-like score that kids everywhere will enjoy. Ugly is born, of course, as a Duckling but is soon becomes clear that he is no ordinary Duck. Mocked on the farmyard, pursued by the ever-hungry Cat, Ugly finds himself lost on a nearby marsh in the middle of a duck-shoot and embarks on an odyssey through the countryside, meeting a battery of colorful characters and finding himself, and love, along the way. Recommended for all ages. Runs through 08/06.
– from Children’s Theatre Company
For previous performance arts openings–
July 24th – July 30th:http://joltleft.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-07-24-11-07-30-11
July 17th – July 23rd: http://joltleft.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-07-17-11-07-23-11
July 10th – July 16th: http://joltleft.com/performance-art-in-minneapolis/weekly-performance-art-openings-07-10-11-07-16-11
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Children’s Theatre Company
Minnesota Fringe Festival