Archive for August, 2011

Gustavus’ Anderson Theatre Announces 2011-12 Season

As the year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration begins at Gustavus Adolphus College, the Department of Theatre/Dance announces its 80th season of performances for 2011-2012. The season includes On Ego in conjunction with the College's annual Nobel Conference; the Sondheim musical Assassins; two dance concerts featuring works by guest choreographers, faculty and students; two senior honors projects and concludes with Dan LeFranc's Origin Story. The 2011-12 season is a one that examines the concept of self; how we view ourselves and our place in society, and, as importantly, how that view of self is presented to those around us and how they are affected by it.

Home Free Benefit Concert Sunday

The award-winning a cappella sensation, Home Free, returns to Gustavus’ Jussi Björling Recital Hall for a special fund-raising concert Sunday, August 28. The concert, a benefit sponsored by First Lutheran Church of St. Peter, begins at 3:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Tickets for the benefit are available at the church and will […]

Benjamin Kolis ’12 in “The Butler Did It”

“The butler did it!” is one of the most famous (or infamous) lines in the theatre. The “who-done-it” or mystery genre in the theatre is one of the most popular. For the cast, it’s fun to play with the audience. For the audience, it needs to pay attention. In July, Benjamin Kolis ’12 was on […]

Chloe Radcliffe ’12 In The Spotlight

Last spring, if you asked Gustavus student Chloe Radcliffe how she had enough time to be a full-time member of the College’s nationally ranked forensics team, play the lead female role in the Theatre and Dance’s Department’s production of Hamlet, grade for the Math Department, participate in the Crossroads Program, and complete all of her coursework, her answer was short and sweet: “I don’t…but I’ll find a way.” Radcliffe has been finding ways to excel in just about everything she puts her mind to during her first three years at Gustavus.

Gustavus Choreographer Jeffrey Peterson Sets Show for Fringe Festival

Gustavus adjunct instructor of theatre/dance and choreographer Jeffrey Peterson returns to the Minnesota Fringe Festival as he teams up with Christopher Watson to produce How Do You See It? The performance, a split-bill dance concert which offers a smorgasbord of personal dances for the discerning adult viewer, ranges from witty to poignant to poetic. Performances are scheduled at the Lab Theatre in Minneapolis August 4, 6, 7, 11 and 13. Tickets and schedule are available at or by calling 866-811-4111.

Seham’s Outrageous Fortune Opens at Fringe Festival

Outrageous Fortune, a new play by Gustavus Professor of Theatre & Dance Amy Seham, will be premiered at the 2011 Minnesota Fringe Festival under the direction of Evan Hilsabeck '10. Inspired by Anderson Theatre's recent production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Outrageous Fortune opens Friday, August 5 with five performances during the Festival at the Augsburg Mainstage Theatre (2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis). Access to all Fringe Festival events begins with the $4 festival button. All tickets are $12. Additional information on the show, along with the entire Fringe Festival line-up, can be located at the Festival website,

Gustie Team of Leitzman & Shumaker Produce “The Fantasticks”

Gusties Karla Leitzman '13 and Kari (Moody) Shumaker '97 team up as director and music director to produce the Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' musical The Fantasticks for the Paynesville (MN) Community Theatre, August 3 - 7, at the Paynesville High School Auditorium. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on August 3, 4 & 6 and 2:00 p.m. on August 7. Tickets are available at the door or online at