Monday, November 30, 2015

January 4 and 5
Community Center Basement, Lanesboro

Hi! Thanks for your interest in auditioning in "Forces of Light: One Acts by David Ives". Lanesboro Community Theater is pleased to be presenting six one acts by David Ives. Ives is best known for writing comic one-act plays, a reputation which resulted in the New York Times referring to him as the "maestro of the short form".

We will be presenting:
SURE THING directed by Pete Keith
DEGAS C'EST MOI directed by Sara Baskett
DR. FRITZ directed by Ruth Furan
TIME FLIES directed by Brent Anderson
LIVES OF THE SAINTS directed by Val Tindall

The directors are looking for men and women (ages 18+) for the many parts in these comedies. Auditions will consist of readings from the script - no preparations are needed.  Four performances: February 25, 26, 27 in the evenings and February 28 matinee. 

For more audition information, click on the "Forces of Light" Audition Info tab at right. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mummers Wanted!

Call for mumming team actors and/or dancers for Nov. 28 and beyond!

Did you get to see the mummers during last year’s holiday season? This old British winter traditional rhymed drama is done by folks in villages all over the British Isles. Each village  has their own version. Ours was combined with Morris sword/stick dance last year, thanks to Tom Barnes' morris dance experience. Jane Peck was on a mumming team for 20 years in Mpls. Loved it! 
We will rehearse twice before our first street performance which is Saturday, Nov. 28 , 11-1 pm, Winter Windows in Lanesboro. We will go door to door a couple of nights during the holiday season in Lanesboro, or other towns if the group decides. We will decide rehearsals and performances together. 
Maybe rehearsal Sunday sometime and Tuesday evening?

Contact Jane Peck, ASAP, revels  or 612-823-0776

Monday, September 28, 2015

Thank You!

Thank you for an amazing 2015 season!!! To everyone on the stage, behind the scenes, in the audience, behind the camera, in the orchestra, making costumes, and OH... SO MUCH MORE! We thank you.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

2016 Season Announcement!

We are so excited about our 2016 season! We hope you can join us behind the scenes, on stage, or in the audience.

Winter: We will be doing a series of Short Plays and we are looking for people who would like to dip their toe into the water and give directing a try. The plays would be short and you would have support to let you know what directing is all about. We need about 6 directors. If you are interested, please reply to this email very soon. We'll be reading through some plays in the next week or two. Give it a try! You'll be glad you did! 
Summer: We will be doing a musical in the summer. For all of our shows we will need people to find props, costumes, sewing, builders, graphic designers, stage managers, people to run the spotlight, lights, sound, producers, intermission, etc... Please let us know if you would like to get involved with LCT by replying to this email. Thanks!

Fall: We'll be doing the Silent Movies in September again and will be looking for people to become new movie makers! All training provided for this great skill free of charge. It's a lot of fun! Reply to this email if interested.

Silent Movie Thank You!

The Silent Movies in the Park After Dark 2015 was a success! You can view some photos HERE. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to see the movies, to everyone who made movies, to everyone who helped set up for the movies and to everyone who was in the movies!! DVDs are for sale at the arts center. THANK YOU!!
We plan on having a new crop of movie makers again next year. Maybe you? Reply to this email if you are interested in making a movie. 

LCT Player Highlight - Olivia Obritsch

Olivia Obristch is a wonder! She and her sister, Sara, and her mom, Julie, have been involved in several plays with us including Leaving Iowa, Fiddler on the Roof and Mary Poppins. In Poppins, Olivia also choreographed a song. Not only that, she was one of our movie makers for the Silent Movies this year. We are so proud that this teenager has stepped forward into these leadership roles and done such an outstanding job with them! Here she is getting interviewed about the silent movies by the PBS arts and culture program "Off 90". Thanks, Olivia!

Did you get the e-newsletter that was sent out today? If not, please sign up HERE. Thank you!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Silent Movies in the Park After Dark 2015

This year "Silent Movies in the Park After Dark" features the movies of seven local rookie filmmakers! Come join us for an evening of fun, family friendly, free entertainment on Saturday and Sunday nights, September 12 and 13, in Sylvan Park in Lanesboro. Live entertainment begins at 7:30 and the movies start at 8:00. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, sit back, and enjoy!

 (This activity made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.)

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Magical Run!

Our magical run of "Mary Poppins" has come to an end. Thank you to everyone in the cast, crew and orchestra, everyone in the audience, everyone who cheered from afar… We appreciate you. Thank you for supporting LCT!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Tickets for Mary Poppins are now on sale!

There are several ways to get your tickets:
1. You can buy them online HERE.
2. You can order them by phone at 1-800-838-3006.
3. You can buy them at Granny's Liquor or at The Barn Sale, both in Lanesboro.

Barn Sale
102 Beacon St W
Monday 12-9
Thursday 12-9
Friday 12-9
Saturday 9-9
Sunday 9-4

Granny's Liquor
113 Parkway Ave N
Monday 10-9
Tuesday 10-9
Wednesday 10-9
Thursday 10-9
Friday 10-10
Saturday 10-10

We are looking forward to seeing you at the show in July!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Meet our new Movie Makers!

Meet our eight new Movie Makers for 2015! They will each direct, shoot, and edit a movie for "Silent Movies in the Park After Dark" Sept. 12 and 13 in Sylvan Park at dusk! (This activity made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.)

Thank you!!

A HUGE thank you to the Root River Valley Friends of the Arts, who has gifted LCT with a new spotlight! We will make very good use of it, but we are sad to see such a wonderful organization disband. Thank you!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Volunteers needed to sell pop at Art in the Park for LCT's annual fundraiser

We will be doing our annual fundraiser of selling pop in the park during Art in the Park. We need volunteers to help staff the booth and also to dress in a costume to promote our summer show. Some supplies are also needed. Here's the info:
Sunday, June 21
Lanesboro Community Theater will be selling pop in the park again. The sales from this benefit the general programming of LCT. Can you help for two hours? It's usually a fun, relaxing, social day to spend in the park.
Set up: 9am - 10am 2 people Eric Decker and Barb Keith
Shift 1: 10 - 12 noon 3 people Eric Decker, ?????? and ?????
Shift 2: 12 - 2pm 3 people Eric Decker, ?????? and ??????
Shift 3: 2 - 4pm and closing 2 people Eric Decker and ????
I enjoy working all shifts for the LCT, but would appreciate brief reliefs for 15-20 minutes throughout the day, maybe when you stop by and say hello?
People in costume can stop by anytime to pass out flyers. In fact, you can stop by and pass out flyers even if you aren't in costume! 
Tubs needed NEED FOUR (Tom????)
Cash/change ???? (lots of ones and fives - Bill???)
Please reply back directly to, volunteering for the question marks.
Call anytime,
507 358 6869

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tickets not yet available, but coming soon!

Tickets for our July production, "Mary Poppins", are not yet available. However, keep checking back here for the announcement when they do go on sale! Thanks!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Rushford Play Auditions

In Rushford this summer, RASA will be presenting Noises Off, a hilarious farce by Michael Frayn, directed by Eric Decker.  Auditions are this Friday, May 1, from 5-7pm, and Saturday, May 2, from 9-11am.  Performances are July 15-19.  If interested but can't make those auditions times, contact Eric at

Friday, April 24, 2015

Two Actors Wanted (paid positions)

TWO ACTORS WANTED (paid positions): The Minnesota Shorts Play Festival has been growing in popularity since 2009. Playwrights throughout the state and across the nation enter the competition, hoping their short play will be chosen out of the hundreds submitted for a place in the festival. For the third year in a row, a play written by Ruth Furan was chosen to compete. Two years ago her play "Wiener Dog Worries" received the "Best of the Fest" award and last year, "The Dog Park" came in second. She hopes to be able to continue this winning trend by contending strongly this year with her piece, "Food for Thought." Ruth is looking for two actors who would love to join in the competition by taking a part in the production that will play in Mankato either September 10th or 11th in the evening. The characters are "Cosmo" an evil alien leader (think Anthony Hopkins, Silence of the Lambs type character) and "Jack" the Captain of an intergalactic vessel (Jack could also be "Jackie" played by a female). Each player will need to commit to a few weeks of rehearsals- as well as working together with Ruth to design a minimal set, costumes and props for the competition. A $100 stipend is awarded to all plays that contend and Ruth will give each actor half of the stipend for participating. A $100 prize is awarded to "Best of the Fest" winners and if "Food for Thought" would win, Ruth would also give each of the actors half of that prize because of their total awesomeness. Let's bring Lanesboro to Mankato and show them how it's done! Contact Ruth if you are interested, or email and she will pass the message on. Thank you!

Monday, April 13, 2015

"Mary Poppins" Cast Announced

The cast list has been announced! Thank you to everyone that auditioned!

Barbara Benson Keith Mary Poppins
Bill Swanson Bank Chairman, Park keeper
Bonnie Hulsing Mrs. Brill
Carolyn Freese Miss Andrew
Carson Berg Kite Flyer, Park Stoller
Ceil Allen Miss Lark, Queen Victoria
Daniel Ekstrom Michael Banks
David Tacke Banker
Elsie Blankenship Fannie, Kite Flyer
Gabby Brazee Bank Clerk, Park Stroller, Supercal character, sweep
Isabella Ekstrom Jane Banks
J Lee Blankenship Annie, Kite Flyer
Julie Ekstrom Winifred Banks
Kari Berg Neleus, Sweep
Kay Wold Miss Smythe, Park Stroller
Maureen Anderson Bank Clerk, Teddy Bear, Kite Flyer
Melody Snyder Kite Flyer, Statue
Morgan Ming Bank Clerk, Supercal Character, Sweep
Olivia Obritsch Bank Clerk, Doll, Park Stroller, Supercal character, Sweep
Pete Keith Park Stroller, Robertson Ay, Sweep
Randy Wilson Bert
Robin Krom George Banks
Ruth Higbe-Harrah Bank Clerk, Supercal character, Sweep, Valentine
Sandy Webb Bird Woman, Kite Flyer
Shelly Blankenship Kite Flyer, Supercal character
Steve Berg Policeman
Tara Snyder Katie Nanna, Supercal character, Kite Flyer
Tom Barnes Admiral Boom, Banker, Sweep
Xena Blankenship Mrs. Corry, Sweep

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Auditions for our Summer Musical!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Lanesboro Community Theater goes to the MACT festival!

Last weekend we brought a cutting of "Almost, Maine" to the Minnesota Association of Community Theaters Festival in Dassel-Cokato. It was our first time participating. In addition to our performance, we were able to take workshops and watch other theaters from around the state do their shows. On Sunday morning there was an awards brunch. We were so pleased to receive a 3rd place plaque for our show! Not only that, two of our "duos" took home excellence in acting awards. Congratulations to the original cast, the festival cast, and the acting award winners Blake Norby and Barbara Benson Keith and also Ryan Lee and Pete Keith!

The MACTfest portion of "Almost, Maine"

At the awards brunch with our awards and the cool banner that the hosts made for us!

Waiting to get into the dressing room before our performance

Our set is on the left

Some corny gals!

Pre-festivities festivities

At the lighting workshop

Monday, March 9, 2015

A Successful Run!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for "Almost, Maine"! We have just wrapped up our final performance and we are all glowing from the happiness we felt after this great run, this great show, and the great cast party!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We Want to Make YOU into a Movie Maker!

Have you come to our Silent Movies in the Park After Dark and thought "I'd like to try to do that!" Well, this is your chance! We are going to take six of you and teach you everything you need to know to make a movie! The movies will be shown in the park. This will be super fun and a chance for you to learn a really fun skill for free! Please email if you are interested or have questions. Don't delay - we anticipate this filling up quickly! Thanks!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Get your Tickets for "Almost, Maine"

Tickets are now on sale! Please join us for our winter show, "Almost, Maine". We will be performing the play in two different locations: Chatfield (Feb. 27, 28, 7:00 both nights) and Lanesboro (Mar. 6, 7, 8, 7:00 on 6th and 7th, 2:00 matinee on the 8th). You can call 1-800-838-3006 to order tickets or get them online: (click the city to order)

Synopsis: One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

Monday, January 12, 2015

"Almost, Maine" Cast Announced

Congratulations to the cast of "Almost, Maine"!

Pete – Vincent Hannam
Ginette – Ruth Higbe-Harrah

East – Rick Nance
Glory – Sara Baskett (Barb Keith)

Jimmy – Brent Anderson
Sandrine – Stephanie Davidson
Villian (Waitress) – Val Tindall

Marvalyn – Jane Peck
Steve – Randy Wilson

Gayle – Karrie Ellingson
Lendall – Peter Torkelson

Randy – Pete Keith
Chad – Ryan Lee

Phil – Peter Torkelson
Marci – Jennifer K-Olson

Hope – Ruth Furan, Sandy Webb
Daniel – Robin Krom (Vincent Hannam)

Rhonda – Barb Keith
Dave – Blake Norby