Kelsey stars in show
Linda Kelsey will stage the one-woman show “The Belle of Amherst” Jan. 9–18 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. This play, by William Luce, celebrates the life of 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson.
Kelsey is probably best known for her portrayal of reporter Billie Newman in the CBS series “Lou Grant.” During her five years on the show, she received five Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations. She’s appeared in over 30 TV series. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where she received a McKnight Fellowship in acting. Her professional career began at the Guthrie Theater, and she has performed at numerous other venues.
Performances are Jan. 9-18 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $15 for all students with a current I.D., with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or visit www.ThePhipps.org.
Theater open house set
The Phipps Drama Council and Children’s Theater Council will host an open house at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, for anyone interested in volunteering for future community theater or children’s theater productions. The Phipps Children’s Theater annually mounts four productions. This winter, the council is staging a musical adaptation of “Charlotte’s Web.” The Drama Council of The Phipps Center annually produces four main stage shows, which include comedies, musicals and dramas. The community theater will stage “Steel Magnolias” this spring. A tour of the main stage, Black Box Theater, control booths, scene shop, prop rooms, costume room, and other areas will be included. Volunteers who have worked on Phipps productions will be on hand to answer questions. For more information, call The Phipps at (715) 386-2305.
Sign up for pottery
Enrollment is now open for the winter schedule of pottery classes for children, teens and adults at The Phipps Center for the Arts. Classes for teens and adults ($207) run for eight weeks, and Clay Class for Kids ages 7-12 runs for six weeks ($113).
‘Yips’ auditions set next week
Stillwater’s newest theatrical group, the Bridge Theatre, will present Tom Prin’s “Yips,” a new musical comedy about golf, scheduled Feb. 19-March 1 at the Stillwater Country Club. Auditions for two women and four men are scheduled Monday, Jan. 5, and Tuesday, Jan. 6, 7-9 p.m., at Ascension Episcopal Church, 214 N. Third St., in downtown Stillwater. Those auditioning should come with a prepared song and be ready to read from the script. Also needed are a percussionist and a stage manager. Callbacks are Thursday, Jan. 8. Prin is a Twin Cities jazz pianist. Directing the play is Cynthia C. Elmquist of Marine on St. Croix. For more information, call Elmquist at (651) 433-5546.
Evening celebrates arts
A free evening of music, dance, comedy and visual art is scheduled from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at The Space, 156 High St., New Richmond. Artists on display include Randy Johnston and Jan McKeachie Johnston, pottery; Julie Adams, mixed media; and Chiaki O’Brien, textiles. Performers include The Phipps Dance Company at 7 p.m., Tim O’Brien and Bill Gillespie (comedy gig) at 7:30, Gallery Talk at 8 and live music with Jess and Zeb at 8:30.