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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)

 

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

 

 

 

"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 - May 3, 2015.

 

Watch this space for news on our All Hallows Feast #5 October Dinner Theatre and our Holiday Season production in late November - early December.

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.

 

We complete our  2014-2015 Season with four outstanding Productions:
 
"Murder at Café Noir" by David Landau  with music and lyrics by Nikki Stern.  (This 2014 "All Hallows Feast" production will be replaced on this site when arrangements for the 2015 production are completed.)

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 (This 2014 holiday production will be replaced on this page when the arrangements for our 2015 holiday production are completed.)

 - 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 - 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 $20. Reduced rate tickets are $17.

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"Love, Sex and the IRS" by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. April 10 - May 3, 2015. 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 May 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?)