Final performances of 'Always ... Patsy Cline'

"Always ... Patsy Cline," created and originally directed by Ted Swindley, based on a true story, will be performed Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m

A music legend and pioneer in country music, Cline's unique stylings remain as relevant and popular today as they were six decades ago. The original crossover sensation, topping the country and pop charts, Cline paved the way for artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, and Carrie Underwood. The musical play is based on a touching true story affectionately told through letters written between Cline (Jaclyn Mack, St. Paul) and her biggest fan turned confidant, Louise Seger (Rose Johnson, Roseville).

Told through downhome country humor, heartache, and celebration, "Always... Patsy Cline" takes audiences from Cline's breakthrough on live radio to her rise to fame at the Grand Ole Opry. Featuring 27 hits, including "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," and "Sweet Dreams," this musical memory book is a tribute to the one-of-a-kind sound of Patsy Cline.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $20 for students of any age, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinee.

Champagne brunch cruise and theater packages are available for the Sunday matinee. Reservations may be made by contacting Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines at 651.436.8883 or online at

Summer art camp

Summer Art Camp classes for ages 4 through teens in visual art, pottery, art & nature, theater, and dance are being offered through Aug. 10. Openings remain in most classes with registrations recommended at least a week in advance.

The class fees range from $48 to $379. Before and after care is also available, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with advance registration.

'Cinderella' Aug. 9-12

"Cinderella: A Dream Come True," by Kristi Cunningham, featuring summer camp student actors in grades 5 and 6, will be performed Thursday, Aug. 9 at 1:30 p.m. (sold out), Friday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12 at 2 p.m.

This is the classic re-telling of the rags-to-riches fairytale of a young girl forced to live with her cruel stepmother and her equally cruel daughters. Cinderella's kind and gentle nature, despite her surroundings, makes her a favorite with the three feisty mice who have also taken up residence in the house.

Meanwhile, in another part of the kingdom, a somewhat childlike king and his queen are zealous in their pursuit of grandchildren. A ball is the thing wherein they will capture a daughter-in-law and make a grandfather of the king. They will get no help from their son, who is more interested in traveling than finding a wife.

General admission tickets are $7 for this 40-minute productions in the Black Box Theater. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online at

'Sister Act' auditions

Auditions for "Sister Act," with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and the book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner, will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 6-9 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 4, 3-4 p.m., with callbacks on Aug. 4 beginning at 4 p.m. Actors may schedule auditions by going to Those who are not available for any of the audition dates should email to arrange an alternate time.

"Sister Act" is a feel-good musical comedy based on the film of the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg. When aspiring lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is placed in protective custody in a convent. She is assigned to assist with the choir, and using her disco talent, she transforms the choir into a major attraction. Unfortunately, the newfound popularity of the choir blows her cover. When confronted by the killer, she experiences the power of friendship and sisterhood. The music is energetic and uplifting, the dance opportunities are appealing, and the characters offer fun-filled creative roles.

Director Beth Reidenbach is looking for a large cast that features diverse characters ages 18 and older. Reidenbach is teaming up with music director Ruth Ashwood, assistant music director Ann Marie McIntire, choreographer Mackenzie Lewis, and stage manager Cheryl Solberg.

The director states, "This production is full of wonderful roles for women of all ages. While the story line centers on Deloris and the nuns, there are outstanding roles for men as well."

Actors are asked to prepare 32 measures of a song, wear comfortable clothing for movement, and bring a list of rehearsal conflicts. A resume and headshot are appreciated, if available.

Rehearsals will begin Sept. 4 and will include Sunday through Thursday evenings with an occasional Saturday if needed. Twelve performances will be given Nov. 2-25 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. as well as Sundays at 2 p.m.

Phipps Children's Theater auditions

The Phipps Children's Theater will hold auditions for area students in grades 7-9 for "Tomie de Paola's Strega Nona," adapted for the stage by Thomas W. Olson, based on the books by Tomie de Paola, with music composed and orchestrated by Roberta Carlson, with additional orchestrations by Thomas Charles Speltz, on Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 14 and 16, 6-8 p.m. Actors may schedule an audition time by going to

This show is a fun, upbeat musical based on the characters in the popular children's book. Strega Nona, the beloved "Grandma Witch" of Calabria, needs help so she hires the first person to apply: Big Anthony, a tall, clumsy new guy in town. Bambolona, the Baker's daughter is fed up with doing all the work at the bakery, so she leaves and convinces Strega Nona to teach her magic. Big Anthony wants to learn magic, too, and when he's told no, he gets mad and tries to learn it by eavesdropping. "'Be careful what you wish for' is the lesson in this entertaining musical," according to DC Theatre Scene.

Students auditioning should prepare one-minute of any song and come dressed to move. Lindsay Fitzgerald, the director, says, "This should be a fun, worry-free audition process." Those auditioning should also bring a list of all conflicts they may have during the rehearsal period, which is extremely important to the director and the success of the show.

Rehearsals will be held 3-4 times a week, with some weekend dates. Performances will be given October 5-14 on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 and 4 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. ?

There will be a $40 performance fee for each actor selected, which is due at the first rehearsal/parents meeting. Scholarships are available, if needed.

Those unable to attend the audition times available may contact the director at

Poetry reading

Mixed media paintings on mylar by Barbara Evan (St. Paul, Minn.), sculpture and paintings on paper by Mic Johnson (Golden Valley, Minn.), oil paintings on canvas by Mat Ollig (Minneapolis, Minn.), mixed media painting by Anne Rynearson (St. Paul), and a group exhibition pairing poetry and visual art that was organized by Lee Kisling (Hudson, Wis.), Lana Sjoberg (Hudson), and Margaret Welshons (Stillwater, Minn.) are on view through July 29 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

A poetry reading will be held on Sunday, July 29, at 2 p.m. in the Riverview Gallery. This event, organized by Kisling, is free and open to the public.

Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12 noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters.