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'Willy Wonka Jr.' Feb. 15 to March 3

Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka Jr.," with words and music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald, based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl, will be performed by The Phipps Children's Theater Feb. 15 to March 3. Flying effects are created by ZFX.

Famed and reclusive chocolate maker Willy Wonka (Isaac Verdoorn, Hudson) holds a worldwide contest in which those lucky enough to find one of five golden tickets in their chocolate bar win a trip to his mysterious factory. Young Charlie Bucket (Jacob Weber, Hudson), his Grandpa Joe (Rex Wenger, Hudson), and four pairs of spoiled children (Emmanuel Hanson, Lakeland; Elliana Naegelen, Dresser; Razik Saifullah and Mackenzie Kroll, Hudson) and their parents (Maggie Smith, Morgan Peters, and Sophia Hawk, Hudson; Samuel Malecek, Hammond) take a wild journey through the incredible factory, guided by the eccentric candy man.

The rest of the cast consists of other talented area students in grades 10-12: Audrey Mucahy, Afton; Ethan Lehman, Houlton; Ellie Fraser, Roberts; Jack Walter, New Richmond; Kirsten Amann, Luke Bekemeyer, Maggie Brown, Hannah Burns, Keegan Foster, Benjamin Gagliardi, Jennifer Holt, Ella Kluck, Nicholas Lentz, Samantha Stidham, Daniel Volk, and Samantha Yonan, Hudson.

The show features the songs from the classic family film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," starring Gene Wilder. The memorable score includes "The Candy Man," "Pure Imagination," "Oompa Loompa," and "I Want it Now" by Academy and Grammy award-winners Bricusse and Newley.

Performances will be given on Feb. 15 to March 3 on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., as well as Sundays at 2 p.m. on the main stage.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $13 for students and youth. It is recommended for children age 4 and older.

Acrylic painting workshops

Two acrylic painting workshops for ages 16 and older will be offered this winter by Kat Corrigan. They are "Paint Your Pet" on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 1-4 p.m., and "Paint Your House" on Sunday, March 10, from 1-4 p.m.

For each of these workshops, the instructor will set students up with her limited pallet of Golden Acrylics, give them a pre-gessoed panel, and lend them the brushes they need to succeed. Participants will paint from a photo they have sent the instructor before class that she will crop to fit the panels. She will tell students her tips and tricks for painting and show them how to draw their creature or home into the light. Transfer paper will make the progression a bit smoother and participants will leave with a completed painting measuring either 8"×8" or 8"×10".

Corrigan is an award-winning Minneapolis artist whose work is widely collected in the United States as well as Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Japan, and Lebanon. She has studied and worked with Bela Petheo, Elizabeth Erickson, Hazel Belvo, Carol Marine, Liz Sivertson, and Dreama Tolle-Perry, among other recognized American painters. She spends a week every spring at the Grand Marais Art Colony for re-inspiration and teaches there in the summer.

The fee for each acrylic painting workshop is $85, including materials.

Private violin lessons

Private violin lessons for students ages seven through adult are offered throughout the year.

Instructor Sarah N. Bertsch has taught violin and coached ensembles for over 25 years. Previous positions include Northwestern College, Wooddale School of Music, Friendship School of Music, and Minnehaha Academy. She received her M.A. from St. John's University and her B.A. from St. Olaf College.

Bertsch has toured nationally with pianist Don Irwin and artist Fernando Ortega and has played concerts in Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Japan, and Guatemala. She has recorded with Sara Groves and a number of regional church music groups. Bertsch enjoys playing and teaching a variety of musical styles. She plays violin in the Oakdale-based global music group Ensemble Aventura and enjoys collaborating in Hudson with pianist Layton James. Bertsch often performs in weddings as a soloist or in one of her string ensembles.

For further information on violin lessons, contact Bertsch at 715-381-5735.

Voice lessons Thursdays

Tony Holt, a former member of the King's Singers, offers private voice lessons for ages 11 through adult on Thursdays.

Holt, a native Londoner, was a boy chorister at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. He was a choir member of Christ Church, Oxford, as well as Chichester Cathedral and St. Paul's Cathedral. Holt was then a soloist and chorus member of the Monteverdi Choir and the BBC Singers. For 18 years he toured and recorded as first baritone with the King's Singers.

His lessons concentrate on singing in a healthy way and enjoying a repertoire that can range from Bach to Broadway. He encourages singers to perform without tension, to communicate well, and to enjoy their singing.

The fee is $30 per 30-minute lesson.

Applications open for Spirit of the St. Croix

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival, organized by The Phipps Center for the Arts and the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. This juried art fair features 90 artists with fine art and traditional crafts for sale and draws more than 10,000 visitors. This year's event will take place Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29 in Lakefront Park.

The initial application deadline is March 1. The second deadline is May 1. Applications received after this date will be considered until the fair is full.

An application is available at or artists can apply through

Ceramic and found object sculpture in the galleries

Acrylic painting by Kurt Devine (Minneapolis), found and hand-stitched fabric work by Lindsay Rhyner (Minneapolis), photography and fiber arts by Stephanie Lynn Rogers (Red Wing), ceramic and found object sculpture by Lynn Wadsworth (St. Paul), and a cut paper installation by Adam White (Maplewood) will be on view through Feb. 24 in The Galleries.

Wadsworth has an M.F.A. from Hunter College and a B.A. from SUNY-Binghamton. She has worked in several media: film, photography, collage, assemblage, ceramics and sculpture. Though her media and subject matter have changed over time, her artistic practice has remained consistent. Wadsworth seeks to reveal hidden meanings, expose contradictions, and examine the underpinnings of cultural construction through juxtaposition, humor, and invention. She invites the viewer to see things in a new way.

Wadsworth's work has been exhibited nationally at museums and galleries, including Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Minneapolis College of Art and Design; Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minn.; Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.; Rutgers University, N.J.; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Ill.; Art in General, New York City, N.Y.; Queens College, New York City; and A.I.R. Gallery, New York City. She has received several grants and awards for her work, including a McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, and a Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist Project Assistance Grant.

The Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 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 further information, contact Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director, at 715-386-2305, ext. 103.