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 2014-2015 Schedule

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The Particulars:

Summer Melodramas:

Adults - $10.00

Reduced Rate - $8.00

 

Full Length Shows:

Adults - $15.00

Reduced Rate - $13.00

 

Musicals:

Adults - $20.00 

Reduced Rate - $17.00

 

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)

New Winter Times: Saturday shows for November - February will be 4:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.

 

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 12 - September 12, 2015: 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!

 

Announcing our 2015 summer melodrama season!

"Double Trouble in Soda, South Dakota" or "The Two Sides of Sheriff Tom," by Denise Ruemping, premiering on our stage June 12 - July 5, 2015

"For Whatever It's Worth" or "Of Love and Lack Thereof," by Rachel Soland, premiering on our stage July 10 - July 26, 2015

"One Last Train to Nowhere" or "The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men Are Derailed at the Junction," by Cheryl Frarck, returning to our stage July 31 - August 16, 2015

"Mary Goes for the Gold" or "Pick My Flowers, Please," by Sandra Hennings Miller, premiering on our stage August 21 - September 12

 

 

 

Announcing our 2015-16 full-length drama season!

 

"11 Million Dollar Murder" by Michael J. McKay & Julia McDowell with music by Julia McDowell. Our 5th All Hallows Feast dinner theatre production plays October 2 - October 25, 2015. (Advanced purchase required!)

 

"Meshuggah-Nuns" by Dan Goggin plays November 20 - December 13, 2015.

 

"Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harding plays February 5 - February 28, 2016.

"No Sex Please, We're British" by Anthony Marrioot and Alistar Foot plays April 1 - April 24.

 

 

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 2015 Summer Melodrama Season!

2015 marks the MTC's 43nd 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 - all authored by local playwrights, three seeing their premier performances and one returning for a welcome revisit!

Auditions for our summer shows will be held Sunday, May 10 and Sunday, May 17. 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.

 

"Double Trouble in Soda, South Dakota" or "The Two Sides of Sheriff Tom," by Denise Ruemping, premiering on our stage June 12 - July 5, 2015

A mysterious stranger has blown into town, demanding a “protection” fee, protection from his bullying ways that is, and just when the loyal sheriff has oddly disappeared. However, the crew at the local general store finds something very familiar about this strange intimidator. Can they figure out what’s going on before this dastardly villain comes to strong-arm his fee from their little shop?

Adult tickets are $10. Reduced Rate tickets are $8. Reservations at (507) 635-5420 or purchase online.

 

 

Adult tickets are $10. Reduced Rate tickets are $8. Reservations at (507) 635-5420 or purchase online.

 

 

"For Whatever It's Worth" or "Of Love and Lack Thereof," by Rachel Soland, premiering on our stage July 10 - July 26, 2015

Welcome to the Green Room of the backstage area of the Stager's (Glenn and Gloria Stager, that is) theatre. A "serious" melodrama is in the works, but the real show takes place behind the curtain. Lance Lackworth has played the hero most of his career, while Oscar Noble is relatively new to the role of villain. Ah, but who could miss Miss Fallon Love, our heroine on both sides of the backdrop? Will Lance gain control of the Stager's stage and Miss Love at the same time? Will Oscar miss his love? You won't want to miss a minute of this original melodrama with a hint of farce.

"One Last Train to Nowhere" or "The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men Are Derailed at the Junction," by Cheryl Frarck, returning to our stage July 31 - August 16, 2015

Will Roue "Sure Shot" Runamuk capitalize on a golden opportunity? Or will he veer off track when he finds our heroine to be too much of a dis-track-tion? But wait! There's more than one nasty in this show! Sirena Scattergood is hardly a tried and true daughter of her father, Tucker D Fortune. It's a good thing we can rely on the Pony Express to deliver a modicum of truth, justice, and the American Way (and the mail, too!) Perhaps Cologne DePeu will also add her two scents worth to the mix.

It has been too long since we last treated our patrons to this (mostly) classic western melodrama by Cheryl Frarck. When you see it, we think you'll agree that it should be reprised more often.

Adult tickets are $10. Reduced Rate tickets are $8. Reservations at (507) 635-5420 or purchase online.

 

Adult tickets are $10. Reduced Rate tickets are $8. Reservations at (507) 635-5420 or purchase online.

 

"Mary Goes for the Gold" or "Pick My Flowers, Please," by Sandra Hennings Miller, premiering on our stage August 21 - September 12

The governor of Minnesota wants all the local towns to honor a flower, so the Mayor has designed a contest that will pick the best flower for Mantorville.  Lots of the garden club members are vying for their flower in a friendly way. All except Mr. Regal who thinks only his roses should win. He makes sure that all the other flowers come to an untimely end before the judging.  Mary Gentry has found an obscure little flower, the marigold, which miraculously withstands all sabotage.  Try as he will the marigold stands firm despite rabbits, bugs, and tainted fertilizer. During the course of the show love is found, old friendship is rekindled, and a villain finds redemption.  This original melodrama is in celebration of the 50th year of Mantorville’s Marigold Days.

Note: The run of this show ends Saturday, September 12. There is not a matinee performance on September 13. Please enjoy the Marigold Days parade on Sunday the 13th!

We complete our  2015-2016 Season with four outstanding Productions:
 
"11 Million Dollar Murder" by Michael J. McKay & Julia McDowell Original lyrics by Julia McDowell - Our All Hallows Feast murder-mystery dinner theatre

Dwight and Mamie Van der Hogan, convinced they've won the $11 Million Dollar Pigeon Publishing Sweepstakes because the envelope said "You are Guaranteed to be a Winner," sell everything in Wisconsin and come to Mantorville with their crazy entourage, buy a yacht on credit (the check hasn't arrived yet??) and invite us to the going away party for their 'Round the World Cheese Tour. Of course, since they know no one in Mantorville to invite to their party, we have graciously offered to share our fifth annual All Hallows Feast with the Van der Hogans for a fabulous combo bash!

Ah, but a couple of cheeseheads coming to start their world cruise in the only county in Minnesota without a navigable lake isn't the only mystery in this show! Please come and help ace detective Nicky Spillene and his able assistant Tuesday Fulbright as they try to uncover the details. They can't do it without your help!

While you help us unravel the mystery, you'll enjoy a fine meal prepared by Omar's Kitchen. The show plays weekends from October 2 - October 25. 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 13) are $30. Thereafter, regular tickets are $35 and reduced rate tickets are $33.

Check out our flavorful menu by clicking below:

 

Ticket purchase arrangements will be posted in this space.

Auditions for Meshuggah-Nuns will be held September 20 and 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mantorville Opera House. The show requires 4 women and 1 man, all of whom sing. Please come prepared with a piece to sing at auditions.

 

"Meshuggah-Nuns" by Dan Goggin plays November 20 - December 13, 2015.

Yes! The nuns of Little Hoboken Convent are back in action in Mantorville!

We find the Sisters on an all-expense-paid trip on the “Faiths of All Nations” Cruise. It seems that the Kunkels (the poor family who live behind Mt. Saint Helen’s School) have won the lottery. Although they had given their ticket to the Sisters in exchange for some gifts, when it was discovered that the ticket was a winner, the Sisters returned the ticket to the Kunkels. In appreciation, the Kunkels have paid for the Sisters’ trip.

After a time at sea, the ship runs into a terrible storm that lasts nearly a week. Many people become seasick including the entertainers – the cast of “Fiddler on the Roof.” All except the actor playing “Tevye”, that is. The ship’s captain, knowing of the Sisters’ show-business savvy, requests that the Sisters and “Tevye” put on an original revue. The result: “Meshuggah-Nuns!”

The show plays Fri/Sat/Sun November 20 - December 13. Friday shows are at 7:30 p.m. NEW THIS YEAR, Saturday shows will be at 4:00 p.m. to allow for easier travel by our patrons! Sunday shows are at 2:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $20. Reduced rate tickets are $17.

"Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harding

Welcome to Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

This show was so well received when we did it in 2008, we just had to bring it back for an encore! The show plays Fri/Sat/Sun February 5 - February 28, 2016. Continuing with our WINTER SCHEDULE, shows will be at 7:30 Fridays, at 4:00 Saturdays, and at 2:00 Sundays.

 

Ticket purchase arrangements will be posted in this space.

 

 

Ticket purchase arrangements will be posted in this space.

"No Sex Please, We're British" by Anthony Marrioot and Alistar Foot

Newlyweds Peter and Frances Hunter have an apartment above Peter's place of employment – the Bank. Imagine their dismay when they discover a package from the "Scandinavian Glassware Company" that is more "revealing" than expected! Their attempts to eliminate the "provocative" material without "exposing" themselves to their conservative world results in one of the most successful, side-splitting comedies every produced. ("No Sex Please, We're British" ran in London's West End for 16 years and remains the longest-running comedy ever, with 6,761 performances to its name)

"No Sex, Please" will play April 1 - April 24, 2016. We return to our "fair weather" schedule of Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2:00 p.m. Note: The show may seem to have slightly adult content, but if you see anything out of line, it is probably because we play to your vivid imagination! Still it will be best enjoyed by patrons 13 and older.

 

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