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 2014-2015 Schedule

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The Particulars:

Summer Melodramas:

Adults - $9.00

Reduced Rate - $8.00

 

Full Length Shows:

Adults - $15.00

Reduced Rate - $13.00

 

Musicals:

Adults - $18.00 

Reduced Rate - $16.00

 

October Dinner Theatre:

Early Bird sales - $30

Regular advances sales - $35

 

Show Times:

Fri & Sat dates are at 7:30 PM for all evening shows except the October dinner theatre (7:00)

 

Sun Matinees are at 2:00 PM except the October dinner theatre (1:00)

 

Who qualifies for the reduced rate? Those willing to demonstrate that they are

- Keepers of at least 65 years of acquired wisdom

- Students endeavoring to gain wisdom

- Mantorville Theatre Members (also wise!)

- Groups purchasing blocks of at least 10 tickets

- Mayo Clinic employees

- Olmsted Medical Group employees

- Think Bank members

 

Who pays the Adult price? Everyone else

 

 

SHOWTIMES & TICKET INFO

For Tickets call 507-635-5420

 

 

The famous Mantorville Melodramas, playing June 13 - September 14, 2014: Over forty years and still going strong!

 

Year-round traditional and contemporary theatre in the historic Mantorville Opera House; Offering full-length theatre since the millennium!

"Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch" or "The Perfumed Badge" by Shubert Fendrich, playing Fri/Sat/Sun June 13 - July 6, 2014.

"Zartan, the Mysterious White Jungle Cat" or "Beware of Hairless Monkeys Bearing Wits" by Denise Ruemping, playing Fri/Sat/Sun July 11 - July 27, 2014.

"Medium at Large" or "A Sault on the Senses" by Gregory David Miller, playing Fri/Sat/Sun August 1 - August 17, 2014.

"Meet Me at the Rendezvous" or "Searching for Hope" by Sandra Hennings Miller, playing Fri/Sat/Sun August 22 - September 14, 2014 (except September 7.)

 

 

"Murder at Cafe Noir" by David Landau  with music and lyrics by Nikki Stern. Our All Hallows Feast returns for another round of fine dining and fine theatre, Fri/Sat/Sun October 3 - October 26, 2014.

 

"Hjemma's Dilemma" or "Who Stole the Lutefisk" by Cheryl A Frarck - It isn't traditional for us to present a melodrama for the holiday season, but what better topic than Lutefisk? Fri/Sat/Sun November 21 - December 14.

 

"Church Basement Ladies" by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke, with music and lyrics by Drew Jansen. We had plenty of fun with the Nuns in 2013. Now it's the Lutheran ladies' turn! Fri/Sat/Sun February 6 - March 1, 2015.

 

"Love, Sex and the IRS" by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. This zany treatment of the title topics is sure to tax only your laugh muscles! Fri/Sat/Sun April 10 - March 3, 2015.

We're for Rent!!! With sufficient advance notice, any of our shows can be produced for your private event at the Mantorville Opera House. check our our "Shop MTC" page for more information!

Our 2014 Summer Melodrama Season!

2014 marks the MTC's 42nd melodrama season! Plan to spend some time with us this summer when you make Mantorville one of your recreation destinations. 

Bring the whole family! Four completely different melodramas for you to enjoy - some old, some new, always fresh and fun!

Auditions for our summer shows will be held Sunday, May 11 and Sunday, May 18. Auditions for all four summer shows occur at the same time. Please come with your summer calendars and enthusiasm! Doors will open by 6:30 p.m. and auditions will begin at 7:00.

 
 "Blazing Guns at Roaring Gulch" or "The Perfumed Badge" by Shubert Fendrich, playing Fri/Sat/Sun June 13 - July 6, 2014.

Our play takes place in the lobby of the Roaring Gulch Hotel where virtuous  Harry Heartstone, is found in hot pursuit of the villain, Snipe Vermin. In a twist of fate, we find that Harry and Snipe are twins. It is inevitable that the two should meet in a face-to-face gunfight that takes place in a most interesting manner, but you'll want to enjoy the entire show!

 

"Zartan, the Mysterious White Jungle Cat" or "Beware of Hairless Monkeys Bearing Wits" by Denise Ruemping, playing Fri/Sat/Sun July 11 - July 27, 2014.

While on an archeological expedition in the jungle of Africa, the Goodwicks encounter a mysterious jungle girl who appears to have grown up in the wild. As their crazy adventure ensues, they are soon to discover that their guide is a running from a tainted past and the hunter they have hired to protect them has a few secrets of his own!

"Medium at Large" or "A Sault on the Senses" by Gregory David Miller, playing Fri/Sat/Sun August 1 - August 17, 2014.

Mrs. Puffy is holding a séance to ask her dead husband how to invest her share of the profits from Puffy Puffs, his cotton conglomerate. Against the advice of her assistant, May Bright, Mrs. Puffy requests the services of a medium, Professor A. Sault, who has his own (evil) ideas of what should happen to her fortune. Mrs. Puffy's nephew, the house staff, and a nosy neighbor also manage to play a part in thwarting Professor Sault and his sidekick, Willie, in their sneaky attempts to steal her money.

"Meet Me at the Rendezvous" or "Searching for Hope" by Sandra Hennings Miller, playing Fri/Sat/Sun August 22 - September 14, 2014 (except September 7.)

 

Hope Manchester fell in love with Oscar Billings.  Oscar’s dream was to go west and make his fortune in furs. Hope’s father was very much against their marriage and cut Hope out of his will.  Undeterred, Hope and Oscar left to go fur trading. Shortly after they left , Hope’s father died.  Sisters Faith and Charity felt their father was very unfair and went in search of Hope to give her her share of the inheritance.  They hire Claude Crimley, who promised to take them to the fur trading fort to find her.  Ah, but Claude has other plans for the girls and their money .  Will Faith and Charity find Hope?

 

We complete our  2014-2015 Season four outstanding Productions:
 
"Murder at Café Noir" by David Landau  with music and lyrics by Nikki Stern.

We welcome our dinner guests to the popular, campy dining establishment: Café Noir, on the tropical island of Mustique. You're in for a great meal and an outstanding evening (or afternoon) of entertainment!

Enter private dick Rick Archer. Archer is hunting down a runaway heiress, Sheilda Schickelmeier, who is a woman with more than just money to swing around. Of course, it wouldn't be a Mantorville Theatre All Hallow's Feast if there wasn't a murder involved, and this is no exception (Yes, there was some hint in the title!) The owner of the Cafe Noir has washed ashore, murdered, and Rick's quarry was the last person seen with him. He employs his hard boiled talents to find the killer. Was it the French Madame and club manager? the voodoo priestess? the shyster British attorney? the black marketeer? or the femme fatale?

If you like, you can sit back and relax as Rick pursues the solution to this heinous crime, enjoying the courses of a fine meal from Omar's Kitchen that are interspersed with the action. However, there will definitely be opportunities for you to participate in this mystery, as well! There are even a couple of places where the audience controls the flow of the show by directing Rick which way to turn.

The most popular mystery dinner show in the country, Murder at Cafe Noir has enjoyed weekly productions coast to coast since its premiere in 1989. The show plays weekends from October 3 - October 26. The house opens at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with the action and meal beginning at 7:00 p.m. On Sundays, the house will open at 12:30 p.m. with the action and meal beginning at 1:00 p.m. Advanced ticket purchases are absolutely required, so Omar and his team know how many and what kind of meals to make. Advance tickets purchased through Marigold Days (ending September 7) are $30. Thereafter, tickets are $35. Apart from the "early bird" rate, there are no other reduced rates for this show.

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"Hjemma's Dilemma" or "Who Stole the Lutefisk" by Cheryl A Frarck - It isn't traditional for us to present a melodrama for the holiday season, but what better topic than Lutefisk? This popular show, written by one of our favorite local playwrights, has been enhanced to fit the full-length format of our non-summer season - with even more great material for your entertainment - with all the elements of a traditional melodrama and just a "hint" of Scandinavian humor!

The Globin family is in dire straits! First, Father accidentally drowns in a vat of Lutefisk, and now the whole vat is missing? Ovidia Globin may have to close her general store if a solution cannot be found! Her daughter, Hjemma Globin (a nurse from a nearby medical facility), returns home to help. Filling out the cast, we have Guri Vas Booten, the washerwoman who helps at the store, Tomas Torskerson, our strapping young hero, Torhild Bjornstein, the customer you depend on but wish you didn't have to, Lars Varpness, your typical hanger-arounder, Sven Svenson, a Svede among all these Norskis! and Abe Noxious (yes, you guessed it!)

The show plays Fri/Sat/Sun November 21 - December 14. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows are at 2:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $15. Reduced rate tickets are $13.

"Church Basement Ladies," is a musical written by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke with music and lyrics by Drew Jansen.  Throughout much of America, the church basement kitchen is often the heart and soul of any church.  In "Church Basement Ladies" we meet the pastor, three main kitchen cooks and one daughter who run the kitchen and care for the congregation by preparing and serving the food. Like any great  kitchen, problems are solved here as well. We see the four women handle a Lutefisk Dinner, a funeral, an Easter Fund Raiser, and, of course, a wedding. They stave off potential disasters, have fun, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the pastor on due course.   The musical is inspired by the humorous book Growing Up Lutheran, by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson.

 

We've tried for years to get the rights to this outstanding look at the Midwest church basement kitchen. The smattering of poignant and touching scenes help to offset the laugh-till-you-cry music and dialog. "Church Basement Ladies" plays weekends from February 6 through March 1. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows are at 2:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $18. Reduced rate tickets are $16.

 

 

"Love, Sex and the IRS" by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. This zany treatment of the title topics is sure to tax only your laugh muscles!

Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are out of work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as a married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the "couple" they're going to be investigated. Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon's fiancee, Kate. Complicating matters further Leslie and Kate are having an affair behind Jon's back, Jon's mother drops in unexpectedly to meet her son's fiancee, and Leslie's ex girlfriend shows up demanding to know why Leslie has changed and won't see her anymore.

When we ran this show over a decade ago, it was clear that we would have to do it again, sometime. Well, now's the time! In fact, we don't know why we waited so long! "Love, Sex and the IRS" will play weekends from April 10 through March 3. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows are at 2:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $15. Reduced rate tickets are $13.

(Are you planning a gathering for your group or company? Why not consider "renting" us for a special performance on another night?)