Tedesco’s Big Band returns
Vic Tedesco and the Classic Big Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at The Phipps Center for the Arts, along with vocalist Debbie Bigelow and the vocal quartet the Nostalgics.
The group will perform “St. Louis Blues,” “Stormy Weather” and “Makin’ Whoopee,” featuring Tedesco and Bigelow. Reeves Cary will croon “I’ve Got the World on a String,” and the Nostalgics will sing “So You’re the One” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”
Tickets are $18. For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or go to www.ThePhipps.org.
Phipps stages ‘Sherlock Holmes’
The Phipps Center will stage "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," adapted by Steven Dietz, based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle, Sept. 11-27. The director is Keith Isaacson.
Performances are Sept. 11-27 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. on the main stage. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students with a current ID; discounts are available.
For reservations, contact The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or go to www.ThePhipps.org.
Champagne brunch cruise and theater packages are available for the Sunday matinees. For reservations, contact Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines at (651) 436-8883 or go to www.AftonHouseInn.com.
Member exhibit winners named
The annual Members Art Exhibition will be on view through Sept. 4 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts.
The show was judged by St. Paul-based oil painter Dan Mackerman, a full-time professional artist who has worked for over 20 years in painting and sculpture (www.danmackerman.com).
The award winners were Patrice Avon Marvin (first place), Jack Marchese (second), Katherine K. Rogers (third), Elaine Frederickson, Jeane McGrail, Manuel Munoz-Gonzalez, Mary Perkins and Leslie Pilgrim (all honorary mentions) and Karron Nottingham (award of distinction).
Gallery visitors also are encouraged to vote for their favorite piece in the show. Galleries hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters.
For more information, call Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director, at (715) 386-2305, ext. 103.
'Fiddler on the Roof’ auditions set
Auditions for "Fiddler on the Roof," with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, are Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 24-26, at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
Auditions for children ages 7–13 are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; adults at 7:30. Callbacks are Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m.
Director Mark A. Paulson is looking for a large cast of all ages. All roles will sing and dance to some degree. Those auditioning should prepare 16 measures of a Broadway musical song and come prepared to dance. An accompanist will be provided. Actors should also bring a head shot, if available. Actors will be seen in the order in which they register.
"Fiddler on the Roof" is based on the folk tales of Sholom Aleichem and is set in Russia during 1905. It tells the story of Tevye, a Jewish peasant dairyman, who struggles with the disintegration of conventions and practices that have held his community together for ages. One by one, his three oldest daughters choose to marry in ways that defy the established traditions. At one of the weddings, a disruption by the local Russians brings Tevye and his neighbors to the realization that their old way of life is changing forever. They decide to set out to find new lives, in new lands, taking with them their meager possessions and their abiding faith in God.
Rehearsals begin the week of Sept. 13. Twelve performances will be given Nov. 6–29 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Paulson served as the director of the theater program at Hill-Murray School in Maplewood, Minn., for 29 years before his retirement in 2007. Vocal direction is by Lynn Maiers Paulson, the orchestra will be conducted by Natalie Peterson, and the choreographer is Melissa Huber.
For more information, contact The Phipps Center at (715) 386-2305.