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Hudsonite in 'Oliver Twist'

Caleb Wagner of Hudson will play Charles Dickens in "Oliver Twist," staged in St. Paul March 6-15 by CB Productions. The theater company for pre-professional teen actors from around the Twin Cities will perform the drama at the Student Center Theater on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus.

According to Wagner, "Much of 'Oliver Twist' is Dickens' own story -- particularly the conditions for children in the workhouses. Learning what people had to go through and the conditions they lived in has made me very grateful for what I have. This play will have a little bit of everything -- drama, comedy, romance and adventure. It's a true classic." Ticket prices are $10 each, $7 for groups that purchase 20 or more tickets to one performance. For more information, visit Order tickets online or call (612) 600-6875 and leave a message.

'East of Sun' ends Sunday

The Phipps Children's Theater is ending its run of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," a Norwegian interpretation of "Beauty and the Beast," with four performances this weekend. John H. Potter, who most recently staged "Aladdin Jr.," directs a cast of 21 young actors from area schools in grades 10-12. Barb Zak and Stephanie Campbell are the choreographers. Performances are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 for children 4-12 years old, $17 for students 13 and older with a current I.D. as well as seniors, and $19 for adults. For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409.


Artists exhibit in Lake Elmo

The opening reception of "Living Creatively," the third annual exhibit of art work presented by Art St. Croix, is from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Lake Elmo Regional Art Center, 3585 Laverne Ave. N., Lake Elmo, Minn. Featured will be music by local performers, refreshments, artist-recognition awards, and the artists themselves.

"Living Creatively" is an exhibit of creative work by visual artists, writers, music composers, and performers, all with disabilities. The exhibit runs March 1-30 on Wednesdays-Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 8 pm. The gallery is wheelchair-accessible. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome.

Adults sing 'Malt Shop Memories'

The Adult Community Choir directed by Cindy Kongshaug is performing "Malt Shop Memories" Friday-Sunday, April 11-13, at the Spring Valley Theater. Times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. The concerts feature songs from the late 1950s and early '60s with songs such as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," "Duke of Earl," "My Boy Friend's Back" and a Beach Boys medley. Also performing are the Trigger Happy Band and the Over 50s Band. For tickets, call Kongshaug at (715) 778-5583.

Justice program has exhibit

The St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program will exhibit local artist Maren R. Zabel's paintings in a show titled "Prayer for Peace" through April 25 at the restorative justice office, 215 N. Second St., Suite 108, River Falls.

An open house is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. March 7. Office hours vary during the week; visitors are encouraged to call ahead for specific hours, (715) 425-1100. For more information about the exhibit, or to volunteer for the restorative justice program, should contact volunteer coordinator Catherine Cranston at or (715) 425-1100.