September 10, 2023

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News

Hi, Fellow Thespian

Welcome to this edition of MACT’s weekly e-newsletter.  With this issue, we are starting a monthly feature on current and former MACT Board members.  Find out a little about Gordy Handeland below.  We’d also like to do a monthly feature on the community theatres in Minnesota.  We sent a questionnaire to over 200 community theatres requesting information that we can use to put together an article on your theatre.  Help us help promote your theatre by filling out the questionnaire and sending it back to us.

What She Said New Play Festival Submissions

The Duluth Playhouse is seeking NEW PLAY SUBMISSIONS for the 2024 What She Said New Play Festival on this year’s theme: “Undaunted.” What She Said Festival is a celebration of new, short plays by women playwrights. DPH Underground in Duluth, MN, created the festival as an opportunity for women playwrights, directors, and actors to have a focused space to express themselves and to feature their stories through theatre.

The festival will feature 5-7 short plays and monologues written by playwrights who have experienced womanhood in all its intersectionality. What She Said looks to shift focus toward women in a powerful tribute to their diverse and unique experiences.

Submit your work(s) any time between now and October 31, 2023.

See additional information on our events calendar (see October 31) or click here.

Meet Board Member, Gordy Handeland

Gordy Handeland is one of the newer members of MACT’s Board. He was raised on the family farm near Austin and has lived in the area all his life. He has 4 older sisters. His first memory of seeing live theatre was when his sister was in the high school production of “Lil’ Abner” when he was about 6 years old. He was in his first production in high school, “Brigadoon”. He didn’t get cast in the next show he auditioned for, so he took a little break from theatre … for about 17 years.

During that break, Gordy got married, had two kids and finally retired, He reignited his love of theatre when he was cast as Bert Healy in “Annie” in 1989. Since then, Gordy has been involved with many theaters in southern Minnesota as an actor, director, set designer, and set builder. He was Austin High School’s theater director from 2014 until Covid hit. He currently works with several theatres, including Albert Lea Community Theatre, Summerset Theatre in Austin, Rochester Civic Theatre and Little Theatre of Owatonna. He also spends a lot of weekends doing autocross time trials and has won several regional class championships.

Gordy’s favorite show is when he directed “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder” last fall in Owatonna. He fell in love with this show the first time he saw it. He was supposed to direct the same show at two different theaters in 2020, but there was not much going on in the theater that year! At Owatonna, he was working with a new theater, a new staff, crew and cast. What fun! He was so thrilled to get this production on stage. Someday he would like to be involved in “Les Miserables”. He have always loved the show. It had just a small pocket of time to get the royalty. He would be content to be in it in any role.

Gordy’s favorite story is from when he directed “Misery” in a small theater. Great cast. During one of the shows, the character, Paul Sheldon, was getting in his new wheelchair when one of the front wheels broke off! He was supposed to go to another room while Anne was out of the house. So, he plopped down and crawled to the next room and then had to hurry back when he heard her car approaching. He made eye contact with the backstage people but they were too busy laughing to help him. We still have great laughs talking about it.

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We would like to feature stories about MACT member theaters in this newsletter.  If you have a story about your theatre – it’s history, a special project or milestone, anything of general interest – please send it to NewsletterMACT@gmail.com.

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Events for September 11 through September 24
Due to the rapid changes caused by the COVID pandemic, you should check with the theatre before attending any event.
For a complete listing of MACT Member Events, visit our events calendar: www.MN-ACT.net

Auditions 

Monday, September 11

Show logo   @ 6:30 PM   Auditions for White Christmas
   presented by: Little Theatre of Owatonna 
   at: Little Theatre of Owatonna
       560a Dunnell Drive, Owatonna, MN 55060, USA

 

Tuesday, September 19

Show logo   @ 6:30 PM   Auditions for The Secret of Chimney Manor
   presented by: Theatre in the Round Players 
   at: Theatre in the Round
       245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA

 

Wednesday, September 20

Show logo   @ 6:30 PM   Auditions for The Secret of Chimney Manor
   presented by: Theatre in the Round Players 
   at: Theatre in the Round
       245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA

 

Sunday, September 24

Show logo   @ 6:00 PM   Auditions for Christmas Belles
   presented by: County Seat Theater Company 
   at: Encore Performing Arts Center
       2035 Hwy 33 South Cloquet, MN 55720

 

Monday, September 25

Show logo   @ 10:30 AM   Auditions for Whatever Happened to Warren
   presented by: Andria Theatre 
   at: Andria Theatre
       618 Broadway St Alexandria, MN 56308-1810

 
Show logo   @ 10:30 AM   Auditions for Creamed Corn Queen
   presented by: Andria Theatre 
   at: Andria Theatre
       618 Broadway St Alexandria, MN 56308-1810

 
Show logo   @ 6:00 PM   Auditions for Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
   presented by: Merely Players 
   at: Lincoln Community Center
       110 Fulton St, Mankato, MN 56001, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   Auditions for A Christmas Carol Krampus
   presented by: Classics Lost N Found Theater Company 
   at: Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church
       1620 E 46th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   Auditions for The Christmas Bus (Registration Deadline)
   presented by: Northern Starz Theatre Company 
   at: Northern Starz Center for the Performing Arts
       5300 Alpine Drive, Ramsey, MN, USA


Other Events 

Thursday, September 14

Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   Present Laughter
   presented by: Bemidji Community Theater 
   at: BCT Performing Arts Center
       316 Beltrami Ave NW Bemidji, MN 56601

 

Friday, September 15

Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   Present Laughter
   presented by: Bemidji Community Theater 
   at: BCT Performing Arts Center
       316 Beltrami Ave NW Bemidji, MN 56601

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   These Shining Lives
   presented by: Grand Rapids Players 
   at: Reif Center
       720 Northwest Conifer Drive, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   Arsenic and Old Lace
   presented by: Theatre in the Round Players 
   at: Theatre in the Round
       245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   Young Frankenstein
   presented by: Duluth Playhouse 
   at: Norshor Theatre
       211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   The Three Musketeers
   presented by: Lakeshore Players 
   at: Hanifl Performing Arts Center
       4941 Long Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110, USA

 

Saturday, September 16

Show logo   @ 1:00 PM   Readings in the Round "Cross Words"
   presented by: Theatre in the Round Players 
   at: Theatre in the Round
       245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA

 
Show logo   @ 2:00 PM   Young Frankenstein
   presented by: Duluth Playhouse 
   at: Norshor Theatre
       211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   Present Laughter
   presented by: Bemidji Community Theater 
   at: BCT Performing Arts Center
       316 Beltrami Ave NW Bemidji, MN 56601

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   These Shining Lives
   presented by: Grand Rapids Players 
   at: Reif Center
       720 Northwest Conifer Drive, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   MOAPS (Madhatters One Act Play Showcase)
   presented by: Madhatters Community Theatre 
   at: Wadena Memorial Auditorium
       249 Dayton Ave SW, Wadena, MN 56482, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   Music Cabaret
   presented by: Lac Qui Parle Players 
   at: Prairie Arts Center
       506 6th Street, Madison, MN 56256, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   Arsenic and Old Lace
   presented by: Theatre in the Round Players 
   at: Theatre in the Round
       245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   Young Frankenstein
   presented by: Duluth Playhouse 
   at: Norshor Theatre
       211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   The Three Musketeers
   presented by: Lakeshore Players 
   at: Hanifl Performing Arts Center
       4941 Long Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   A Night to Remember - PPAC 30th Anniversary
   presented by: Pipestone Performing Arts Center 
   at: Pipestone Performing Arts Center
       104 Main St E, Pipestone, MN 56164, USA

 

Sunday, September 17

Show logo   @ 2:00 PM   Arsenic and Old Lace
   presented by: Theatre in the Round Players 
   at: Theatre in the Round
       245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA

 
Show logo   @ 2:00 PM   Present Laughter
   presented by: Bemidji Community Theater 
   at: BCT Performing Arts Center
       316 Beltrami Ave NW Bemidji, MN 56601

 
Show logo   @ 2:00 PM   These Shining Lives
   presented by: Grand Rapids Players 
   at: Reif Center
       720 Northwest Conifer Drive, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, USA

 
Show logo   @ 2:00 PM   The Three Musketeers
   presented by: Lakeshore Players 
   at: Hanifl Performing Arts Center
       4941 Long Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   What the Constitution Means to Me
   presented by: Lakeshore Players 
   at: Hanifl Performing Arts Center
       4941 Long Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110, USA

 

Thursday, September 21

Show logo   @ 6:00 PM   Table
   presented by: Crookston Community Theatre 
   at: Eagles Club - Crookston
       105 South Broadway, Crookston, MN 56716, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   Four Old Broads
   presented by: Barn Theatre 
   at: The Barn Theatre
       321 4th St SW, Willmar, MN 56201, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   Young Frankenstein
   presented by: Duluth Playhouse 
   at: Norshor Theatre
       211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   The Three Musketeers
   presented by: Lakeshore Players 
   at: Hanifl Performing Arts Center
       4941 Long Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110, USA

 

Friday, September 22

Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   These Shining Lives
   presented by: Grand Rapids Players 
   at: Reif Center
       720 Northwest Conifer Drive, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   Four Old Broads
   presented by: Barn Theatre 
   at: The Barn Theatre
       321 4th St SW, Willmar, MN 56201, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   The Laramie Project
   presented by: Northern Starz Theatre Company 
   at: Elision Playhouse
       6105 42nd Ave N Crystal, MN 55422

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   Death of a Salesman
   presented by: Prior Lake Players 
   at: Twin Oaks Middle School
       15860 Fish Point Road, Prior Lake, MN 55372, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   One Act Play Festival - Postponed to 2024
   presented by: Northern Starz Theatre Company 
   at: Northern Starz Center for the Performing Arts
       5300 Alpine Drive, Ramsey, MN, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   Arsenic and Old Lace
   presented by: Theatre in the Round Players 
   at: Theatre in the Round
       245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   Young Frankenstein
   presented by: Duluth Playhouse 
   at: Norshor Theatre
       211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   The Three Musketeers
   presented by: Lakeshore Players 
   at: Hanifl Performing Arts Center
       4941 Long Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   CASTastrophe 4: The Movie Musical Edition
   presented by: Northfield Arts Guild 
   at: Northfield Arts Guild Theatre
       411 3rd St W, Northfield, MN 55057, USA

 

Saturday, September 23

Show logo   @ 2:00 PM   CASTastrophe 4: The Movie Musical Edition
   presented by: Northfield Arts Guild 
   at: Northfield Arts Guild Theatre
       411 3rd St W, Northfield, MN 55057, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   These Shining Lives
   presented by: Grand Rapids Players 
   at: Reif Center
       720 Northwest Conifer Drive, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   Four Old Broads
   presented by: Barn Theatre 
   at: The Barn Theatre
       321 4th St SW, Willmar, MN 56201, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   The Laramie Project
   presented by: Northern Starz Theatre Company 
   at: Elision Playhouse
       6105 42nd Ave N Crystal, MN 55422

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   Death of a Salesman
   presented by: Prior Lake Players 
   at: Twin Oaks Middle School
       15860 Fish Point Road, Prior Lake, MN 55372, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:00 PM   One Act Play Festival - Postponed to 2024
   presented by: Northern Starz Theatre Company 
   at: Northern Starz Center for the Performing Arts
       5300 Alpine Drive, Ramsey, MN, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   Arsenic and Old Lace
   presented by: Theatre in the Round Players 
   at: Theatre in the Round
       245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   CASTastrophe 4: The Movie Musical Edition
   presented by: Northfield Arts Guild 
   at: Northfield Arts Guild Theatre
       411 3rd St W, Northfield, MN 55057, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   Young Frankenstein
   presented by: Duluth Playhouse 
   at: Norshor Theatre
       211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

 
Show logo   @ 7:30 PM   The Three Musketeers
   presented by: Lakeshore Players 
   at: Hanifl Performing Arts Center
       4941 Long Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110, USA

 

Sunday, September 24

Show logo   @ 2:00 PM   CASTastrophe 4: The Movie Musical Edition
   presented by: Northfield Arts Guild 
   at: Northfield Arts Guild Theatre
       411 3rd St W, Northfield, MN 55057, USA

 
Show logo   @ 2:00 PM   Arsenic and Old Lace
   presented by: Theatre in the Round Players 
   at: Theatre in the Round
       245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA

 
Show logo   @ 2:00 PM   Young Frankenstein
   presented by: Duluth Playhouse 
   at: Norshor Theatre
       211 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, USA

 
Show logo   @ 2:00 PM   These Shining Lives
   presented by: Grand Rapids Players 
   at: Reif Center
       720 Northwest Conifer Drive, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, USA

 
Show logo   @ 2:00 PM   The Three Musketeers
   presented by: Lakeshore Players 
   at: Hanifl Performing Arts Center
       4941 Long Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110, USA

 
Show logo   @ 2:00 PM   Four Old Broads
   presented by: Barn Theatre 
   at: The Barn Theatre
       321 4th St SW, Willmar, MN 56201, USA

 
Show logo   @ 2:00 PM   The Laramie Project
   presented by: Northern Starz Theatre Company 
   at: Elision Playhouse
       6105 42nd Ave N Crystal, MN 55422

 
Show logo   @ 2:00 PM   Death of a Salesman
   presented by: Prior Lake Players 
   at: Twin Oaks Middle School
       15860 Fish Point Road, Prior Lake, MN 55372, USA

 
Show logo   @ 4:00 PM   Hilltop Happenings
   presented by: Hilltop Theatre 
   at: Hilltop Hall
       206 1st St N, Montgomery, MN 56069, USA

 
Show logo   @ 5:30 PM   Stories & Songs of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
   presented by: Prairie Wind Players 
   at: Roosevelt Hall
       202 Hawkins Ave, Barrett, MN 56311, USA