Thursday, November 5, 2015

Preview performance puts us in the 'Christmas' spirit a little early

Although it may seem counterintuitive, one of the funnest nights in the Performing Arts Center are Corporate Sponsor Nights. The event name itself might sound like our theater fills up with suits and ties, but the reality couldn't be further from the truth.

When a company generously sponsors one of our productions, they get the run of our theater the night before opening night. Every seat in the house belongs to them, and we perform our show just for them. So companies often use the special event as a social gathering to invite their hard-working employees and their families to come enjoy the show, have some cookies and cider, and have some fun outside the office.

That's exactly what happened Wednesday night in the Ted Paul. Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato is our wonderful sponsor for "A Christmas Story: The Musical," and they helped fill the Performing Arts Center with the holiday spirit a little early this year. Mayo families packed the Ted Paul, and we were so proud to unveil to them our production, which Director Melissa Rosenberger and the cast and crew have been working so hard on perfecting.

We sincerely hope everyone enjoyed the show last night, and we're pretty sure they did. Reviews were pretty positive as they streamed out during intermission for cookies, coffee and cider. Our favorite comment came from a little girl who was about the age of our lead character, 9-year-old Ralphie Parker. "This is the funniest show I've ever seen. Do you know if they still make Red Ryder BB guns? I want one, too."

Here are some photos from last night's event.

Our cast in the display cases
Our ensemble
Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato employees and their families filled the Ted Paul Theatre.
Adam Yankowy warms up the orchestra.
Dr. Paul Hustoles thanks Mayo for their long-standing support of MSU Theatre and Dance.
Dr. Hustoles hands over a plaque with our gratitude to a Mayo employee.
Employees and friends socialize during intermission.
Two boys talk about their favorite parts of the musical.

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