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Filled with infectious songs and non-stop adventure, "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr." is based on the popular children’s book series that has inspired countless kids, parents and teachers to mail Flat Stanley all over the world. Pictured, left to right, are Michael Wirth (Hudson) as Flat Stanley, Olivia Turnbull (Hudson) as the Hollywood agent, and Michaela Hasapopoulos (Hudson) and Madelyn Evans (New Richmond) as her assistants. Submitted photo

'The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.'

"The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.," with the book by Timothy A. McDonald, lyrics by McDonald and Jonathan K. Waller, music by David Weinstein, Waller, McDonald, and Stephen Gabriel, based on the book "Flat Stanley," by Jeff Brown, with illustrations by Scott Nash, will be performed by The Phipps Children's Theater April 26 through May 5. Performances will be given 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.

The beloved children's book is a literary and pop culture phenomenon, delighting readers all around the world. Now it has been adapted into a musical filled with infectious songs and non-stop adventure.

Lindsay Fitzgerald directs a cast of 21 talented area students in grades 7-9, Madeline Moen is the music director, and Chris Adam is the choreographer.

Stanley Lambchop (Michael Wirth, Hudson) is an ordinary, everyday ten-year-old until the bulletin board (Riley Culver, River Falls) on the wall above his bed comes loose and falls right on top of him. The next morning, Stanley wakes up flat. His parents (Conner Boorman, New Richmond, and Emma Hatch, Houlton) and sister (Stella Hayward, Hudson) enlist the help of Doctor Dan (Dane Olson, Hudson) and Nurse Betty (Ava Blackwell, Hudson) to try to restore their son after he endures teasing by Cool Kids (Emma Wallraff, New Richmond, and Joel Fraser, Roberts).

When their attempts fail, Stanley embarks on a whirlwind musical travelogue, scouring the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. He is stamped, posted, and canceled from Hollywood and France to Honolulu and beyond, all in an effort to become a three-dimensional boy once more. He is assisted in this quest by the mail carrier (Alivia Kelly, Hudson) and her cousin, Sophie (Eli McCabe, Hudson). His adventures include brushes with Hollywood agents (Olivia Turnbull and Michaela Hasapopoulos), an art director (Mary Rother), a sneaky thief (Addie McCabe), Mona Lisa (Faith Kaslow), and Napoleon (Luc Douglas, all of Hudson). He also meets a flock of bird dancers (Heather Derrick, Molly Weber, Sonja Bell, and Francis Foster, Hudson)

Tickets are $21 for adults and $16 for children.

'Encore!' a community celebration May 2

Everyone is invited to attend "Encore!," a community celebration, on Thursday, May 2 at The Phipps. This event was postponed because of inclement weather on April 11.

There will be an open house 5-7 p.m. with tabletop presentations by the six councils in residence at the center: Children's Theater, Dance, Drama (community theater), Music, Visual Arts, and Volunteer. This is an opportunity to find out about each council's offerings as well as how to become involved. Tours will be given every 15 minutes.

Complimentary food will be provided by Seasons Tavern as well as Urban Olive and Vine. In addition, Pier 500 gift certificates and theater tickets will be given as door prizes.

There will be a program in the main theater 7-8 p.m. to acknowledge the center's hundreds of volunteers as well as its supportive audience members. Performing arts and visual arts programming for the 2019-20 season will be announced. In addition, prize winners will be selected.

For more information about the many classes, exhibitions, plays, and concerts offered, visit ThePhipps.org, The Phipps Facebook page, call 715-386-2305, or write info@ThePhipps.org.

Andrew Walesch Big Band to perform Sinatra

The Andrew Walesch Big Band will perform "100 Years of Sinatra" on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Crooner Andrew Walesch will celebrate Sinatra's legendary career with stories and songs, including "That's Life," "Nice 'n' Easy," "You Make Me Feel So Young," "Fly Me to the Moon," "New York, New York," "My Way," and many others.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $21 for students of any age.

Dance intensives this summer

Dance technique intensives and workshops will be offered by Leta Triebold, Greta Lewis and Stephanie Campbell this summer.

Triebold will offer ballet intensives on six Thursdays, June 27 through Aug. 8, with no class July 4: 1-2 p.m. for ages 7-9 for $66, 2-3 p.m. for ages 9-12 for $66, and 3-4:30 p.m. for ages 13 and older for $99.

Triebold has been dancing professionally since graduating high school, performing with Continental Ballet, St. Paul Ballet, Ballet Minnesota, Metropolitan Ballet, and Minneapolis Ballet Dancers.

Lewis will teach the following workshops Monday-Wednesday, July 22-24: tap for students entering second and third grade 1-1:45 p.m. for $25, tap for students entering fourth and fifth grade 1:45-2:30 p.m. for $25, and jazz for students entering fourth and fifth grades 2:30-3:15 p.m. for $25.

Lewis has been a dance instructor for over 10 years. She has taught at The Phipps since 2015 and is a director of The Phipps Junior Dance Company alongside Mackenzie Lewis. Greta has a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Dance Education from University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She is a company member of The Phipps Dance Theater and has performed with them for seven seasons.

Campbell will teach the following workshops Monday-Thursday, July 22-25: Ballet Tutu Fun for students entering kindergarten and first grade 9-11 a.m. for $95, Introduction to Jazz for students entering second and third grade 11:15 a.m. to noon for $33, and Introduction to Lyrical for students entering third & fourth grade noon-12:45 p.m. for $33.

Campbell graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She has been involved with dance productions at The Phipps Center as a dancer and choreographer since 2004. This will be her 14th season teaching dance at the center, and her 13th season being involved with The Phipps Dance Company in a variety of roles — this season as associate director.

Campbell will also teach the following lyrical workshops Monday-Wednesday, July 29-31: 9-10 a.m. for high school students for $33 and 10-11 a.m. for middle school students for $33.

Lewis will also teach the following jazz workshops Monday-Wednesday, July 29-31:

11 a.m. to noon for middle school students for $33 and 12 noon-1 p.m. for high school students for $33.

Summer theater camps

Two new theater camps culminating in productions for public audiences will be offered this summer at The Phipps.

"The Snow White Variety Show" Theater Camp, for students entering grades 7-9, will be offered by Tami Provencher Monday through Friday, July 8-19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Campers will learn and experience vocal and physical theater skills and techniques as they rehearse and perform "The Snow White Variety Show," a wild, fast-paced comedy. Snow White's famous story is told on the TV show "Real Talk with Fairytale Legends." At any given moment, the story can be anything - romance, comedy, home improvement show, suspense, Western, epic poetry, mystery, cooking show, stand-up routine, or blockbuster action movie. The play will be performed for the public on Friday, July 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 21 at 2 p.m. Students should bring a bag lunch each day. The class fee is $379, and the maximum enrollment is 22.

"The Snow Queen" Theater Camp, for students entering grades 5 and 6, will be offered by Charles Fraser Monday-Friday, July 22 through Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon each day. Campers will rehearse and perform a small production of "The Snow Queen." With joyful guidance, children will be encouraged to explore personal creativity, receive rigorous instruction on focus-building skills, and learn to work as an ensemble. A pizza party will follow the final Thursday class, just before the performance that afternoon. The play will be performed for the public on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. The class fee is $379, and the maximum enrollment is 24.

Annual area high school art exhibit

All high school-age students from Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota were invited to submit one recent original work of art in any media — drawing, painting, collage, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, or other fine crafts — for display in the Annual Area High School Art Exhibition, which will run through May 5, in The Galleries. A closing reception will be held on Sunday, May 5, from 1:30-3 p.m.

For this exhibit, 93 student artists from 13 high schools, plus three home school students participated. The high schools represented are Barron, East Ridge (Woodbury), Ellsworth, Glenwood City, Hudson, North (St. Paul), Osceola, Prescott, River Falls, Somerset, St. Croix Central, St. Croix Preparatory Academy and Stillwater.

Work by four high school art teachers also is on display. This includes work by Becky Olson from Somerset, Taylor Berman from River Falls, and Wynn Davis and Peter Kolton from Stillwater.

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.

Youth volunteer opportunity on St. Croix Beach Trail

Youth volunteers, ages 12-18, are being sought to interact with the public at community events, assisting them with free, drop-in art and nature activities. This work will be done under the supervision of staff from The Phipps Center for the Arts and programs will take place from June 12 through Oct. 12 at locations throughout the St. Croix River Valley on the Art Bench Trail (artbenchtrail.org).

This is an opportunity for volunteers to teach children and other members of their community about nature through hands-on artmaking experiences. It is also a chance to work with The Phipps and other community partners to be a part of an effort throughout the St. Croix River Valley to engage residents and visitors through art and nature. As a reward, all youth volunteers will have the opportunity to take a day-long kayak trip on the St. Croix River, led by Jaime Souza, education and outreach coordinator with the St. Croix River Association.

To learn more or sign up, contact Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director at The Phipps, ashartin@ThePhipps.org or 715-386-2305, ext. 103.

This youth volunteer program is organized by The Phipps Center with assistance from UW-Extension Polk County, Polk County 4-H Leaders Federation, and St. Croix River Association.