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Straw Hat Players summer season

Posted on June 22, 2017

Gooseberry Park Players follow Straw Hat with youth production

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre opened its 54th season with Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits. The show is a musical revue, but there’s a twist. In this production, some of Broadway’s most legendary hits (Annie, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Les Miserables and others) are poked fun at, but with plenty of affection. The musical ran May 30 to June 2 on the Gaede Stage.

The season continues with a sequel to last year’s Church Basement Ladies. The sequel features high school students at the Luther League Banquet, a church-sponsored Missionary Night and the rise and fall of a Vikings Super Bowl Sunday. Just like the original show, Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping, focuses on the church women who find strength in each other as they deal with the joys and upheavals of life. The musical runs June 6 to 9 in Hansen Theatre.  Read the rest of this entry →

Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre

Posted on June 13, 2017

Celebrate the 54th season of Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre at MSUM with four shows: Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits; Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping; The Glass Menagerie; and Hello, Dolly!  Read the rest of this entry →

Tell the World Why the Arts Matter to You

Posted on July 26, 2016

Dayna Del Val, executive director of The Arts Partnership, reflects on why the arts matter to her in her monthly column for the InForum’s Variety section. She cites many instances where the arts helped transform her into who she is, including her time acting in Straw Hat Players productions while in college.  Read the rest of this entry →

‘Blame It on the Movies!’ Begins Tonight

Posted on June 07, 2016

Tuesday, June 7 – Friday, June 10 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre

Blame It on the Movies!, the second Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre show of the season, opens Tuesday, June 7. The first show, Church Basement Ladies, completely sold out, so don’t wait to get your tickets.  Read the rest of this entry →

Straw Hat Players Opens Summer Season with Nostalgic Humor

Posted on May 23, 2016

Gooseberry Park Players continues collaboration with MSUM

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre opens its 53rd season with Church Basement Ladies. Inspired by Growing Up Lutheran, a book by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, Church Basement Ladies is a humorous “scrapbook of memories” of growing up Lutheran in the 1950’s Midwest. The musical runs May 31 to June 3 on the Gaede Stage.  Read the rest of this entry →

Straw Hat Players enters 52nd season with four shows

Posted on June 05, 2015

Gooseberry Park Players take place of 5th show

Some Enchanted Evening ~ June 2-5

MSUM’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre opens its 52ndseason with the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical revue Some Enchanted Evening, a PG-rated show with hits like “Climb Every Mountain,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” and many more. The show runs from June 2 to 5 in Hansen Theatre.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee ~ June 9 to 12

The season continues with the PG-rated musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The musical tells story of an eclectic group of mid-pubescents who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show runs June 9 to 12 on the Gaede Stage. Read the rest of this entry →

Straw Hat Players closes with beloved “Fiddler on the Roof”

Posted on July 11, 2014

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre opens its fifth and final show of the summer – “Fiddler on the Roof” – today, July 10. The show repeats tomorrow, July 11; and again July 15 through 18, for a total of six nights on the Hansen Theatre stage.
Fiddler, winner of 10 Tony Awards, debuted in 1965, and immediately became a staple of the musical theatre repertoire. The musical tells the story of Tevye, a poor dairyman in the little village of Anatevka, a tight-knit Jewish community trying to survive changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Memorable songs include “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.” Playing the star role of Tevye is Nick Wheeler, son of recently-retired theatre professor David Wheeler.
The musical is rated PG-13 and starts at 7:30 p.m. The July 16 performance includes a signer for the hearing impaired. Tickets are available online at www.mnstate.edu/strawhat, or by calling the MSUM Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (218) 477-2271.

Straw Hat Kicks Off Season with Bubbly Musical Comedy Suds

Posted on May 29, 2014

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre opens its 51st season with the musical Suds, a PG-13-rated revue featuring hits like “Respect,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” and “Chapel of Love.” The musical’s story is that of a young woman and her guardian angels, who teach her to find true love in a laundromat. The show runs from June 3 to 6 on the Gaede Stage.

All performances start at 7:30 p.m. A signed performance for the hearing impaired takes place on Wednesday. Tickets to Suds are available online at www.mnstate.edu/strawhat, or by calling the MSUM Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (218) 477-2271. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, if not sold out.

Straw Hat Players Enters 51st Season

Posted on May 12, 2014

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre opens its 51th season with the musical Suds, a PG-13-rated revue with hits like “Respect” and “Chapel of Love.” The show runs from June 3 to 6 on the Gaede Stage.

The season continues with the PG-13-rated drama Doubt, the winner of a 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. The production will showcase local actress and executive director of Theatre B, Carrie Wintersteen. The play tells the 1964 story of a priest whose behavior has aroused suspicion. Doubt runs from June 10 to 13 on the Gaede Stage. Read the rest of this entry →

An Oscar, Emmy and 150 alumni

Posted on July 19, 2013

Theatre alumni reunite this weekend for Straw Hat 50th anniversary celebration

More than 150 Minnesota State University Moorhead theatre and Straw Hat alumni are reuniting this weekend for the celebration of Straw Hat’s 50th anniversary. The group attended the Straw Hat Players “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” Friday evening, and will attend the reunion celebration, which is taking place Saturday evening at the Ramada Plaza.

“The loyalty of our Theatre Arts alumni speaks to the quality of the educational experience they received while at MSUM,” said Dr. Tim Borchers, Dean of the College of Arts, Media and Communication at MSUM. “Our faculty create an environment where they can entertain the community while learning important skills.”

Alum Jim Erickson won an Oscar this year for his set direction for the film “Lincoln.” Erickson has worked on the set of many films, including “Water for Elephants,” “Little Women” and “The Last of the Mohicans.”

Alum Bill Hultstrom received an Emmy this year for Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction /Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama Series for CBS’s daytime drama “The Young and the Restless,” which he is donating to the university. Hultstrom has worked on the set of “The Young and the Restless” for more than 30 years.

“We are honored that these former students have won such prestigious awards. But they are just two examples of the outstanding careers our alums have had or will have in the future. An education in the arts provides students with important skills such as teamwork, communication, and problem-solving that serve them well no matter their profession,” Borchers said.

The Straw Hat Players continue their run of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” next week with shows at 7:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday at MSUM.

In addition, fifty years worth of Straw Hat Players memorabilia, including programs, set models, and photographs, are available for public viewing before each performance next week and during intermission.

For more information about MSUM Straw Hat, visit mnstate.edu/strawhat.

Straw Hat Players final performance starts Thursday

Posted on July 16, 2013

The Straw Hat Players are wrapping up the 50th anniversary season with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

July 18 to 19 & 23 to 26 at 7:30 p.m., Hansen Theatre/Musical/PG13
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia for his young master, Hero. Read the rest of this entry →

Former MSUM student and ‘One Life to Live’ vet weighs in on Hulu switch

Posted on July 15, 2013

By: Sam Benshoof, INFORUM
STAMFORD, Conn. – Soap operas are no longer just the stuff of daytime television.

In late April, longtime ABC soap “One Life to Live” made the switch to the Internet, where it now airs two new episodes per week on Hulu.com through the OnLine Network.

One who witnessed that transition from old TV to Web TV up close is Jerry verDorn. Since 2005, the Minnesota State University Moorhead alumnus has played character Clint Buchanan on the show, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary today.

We caught up with verDorn, a Sioux Falls, S.D., native, who shared his thoughts on what the switch to online means for soap operas like “One Life to Live.” Read the rest of this entry →

Straw Hat continues with nostalgic favorite

Posted on July 08, 2013

Screen version was hit for Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre continues its 50th anniversary season with Same Time Next Year, a PG 13-rated comedy that was made into a hit movie in 1978, starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. The show opens Tuesday, July 9, and continues through Friday, July 12 on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Read the rest of this entry →

Straw Hat presents Lend Me a Tenor

Posted on June 24, 2013

Fourth show of 50th anniversary season

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre continues with Lend Me a Tenor, which runs Tuesday through Friday on Gaede Stage. All shows start at 7:30 p.m.

June 25 to 28 at 7:30 p.m., Gaede Stage/Comedy/PG13 Read the rest of this entry →

Straw Hat Players stage Godspell

Posted on June 17, 2013

Spirited musical third show of 50th anniversary season

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre continues with the PG-rated musical Godspell Tuesday, June 18. The show runs through Friday in Hansen Theatre.

Godspell is based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The show features a string of well-loved songs, including “Day By Day.” Read the rest of this entry →

Straw Hat presents The World Goes ‘Round

Posted on June 13, 2013

The 50th Straw Hat season continues with the PG-13-rated musical The World Goes ‘Round, which features the song and dance of John Kander and Fred Ebb, the team that created Cabaret and Chicago.

The show runs until June 14 on the Gaede Stage.

mnstate.edu/strawhat

Stars return for Straw Hat Players alumni show

Posted on June 05, 2013

Sinatra tribute created by former Straw Hat director David Grapes

Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Straw Hat Players Summer Theatre opens its 50th season with My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, a PG-rated musical revue with hits like “Fly Me to the Moon” and “You Make Me Feel So Young.” The show runs from June 4 to 7 on the Gaede Stage. Award-winning director, actor and playwright David Grapes, who directed Straw Hat from 1991 to 1993, returns to direct the show, which features alums Nicole Fenstad and Sean Michael Palmer, as well as current Straw Hat Director Craig Ellingson and senior theatre major Anne Brown. Read the rest of this entry →

Longtime Straw Hat Supporter Will Be Missed

Posted on November 27, 2012

http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/381455/group/Opinion/

My Fair Lady continues through Friday

Posted on July 24, 2012

My Fair Lady - Straw Hat 2012

My Fair Lady

July 19 – 20 & 24 – 27
Hansen Theatre/Musical/PG

Based on Shaw’s play and Pascal’s movie Pygmalion, this is the musical by which all others are measured. Hear some of the greatest songs ever written: “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” A great story and songs by Loerner and Loewe – it’s no wonder everyone (not just ‘enry ‘iggins!) falls in love with Eliza Doolittle.

Theatre alum is lead actor in regional Subway commercials

Posted on July 20, 2012

MSUM theatre alum Tyler Michaels, 2011, has been spotted as the lead actor in regional Subway television commercials. Michaels played leading roles in many Theatre Department and Straw Hat Players productions while a student at MSUM. Michaels lives in Minneapolis now, and this spring was cast in a leading role in Theatre Latte Da’s collaborative production with the University of Minnesota of Spring Awakening.

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