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Performance Stories

Theater, concerts, local bands, our region has it all! Here are a few Greater Mankato Area performance stories for your reading pleasure.

David Holmes as Jamie and Anastacia Wells Steinberg as Cathy in the Mankato Playhouse Production of The Last Five Years

Reviews – The Last Five Years: Five Years Worth the Journey

Molly Butler reviews the Mankato Playhouse production of The Last Five Years
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Pitch Perfect: MSO’s New Executive Director Bethel Balge

From Moscow to Mankato, the Mankato Symphony Orchestra's new executive director, Dr. Bethel Balge, never shies away from a musical adventure.
Ballet Slippers

Mankato Ballet Company’s New Building Helps Classes To Resume

The Mankato Ballet Company is reopening for its 2020-2021 season, with a new building and new safety protocols.
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Theatre Organizations Strive for Safe Reopenings

Mankato Theater organizations have been hard hit in the wake of COVID-19. Mike Lagerquist explains some of the adaptations our local companies have made to cope.
Submitted Photo - The cast members of Mankato Playhouse's rendition of Forever Plaid

Reviews – Plaid Tidings From the Mankato Playhouse

MankatoLIFE writer, Grace Brandt, offers a review of the Mankato Playhouse rendition of Forever Plaid
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Minnesota Fringe Goes Online with Virtual Festival

Three months after announcing the cancellation of their annual theater celebration due to a global pandemic, Minnesota Fringe will present its first-ever Virtual Festival July 30-August 9.
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The Family That Plays Together – Steve and Katharine Davis

Father and daughter, Steve and Katherine Davis, enjoy the rare experience of playing together in the Mankato Symphony Orchestra
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Luke Smith – Songs From Home

Luke Smith spearheaded a unique musical collaboration during the COVID-19 lock down where musicians recorded individual tracks which Smith then compiled into a new EP releasing May 30
Submitted Photo - Mankato Playhouse - Jesus Christ Superstar

The Show Must Go On – The Mankato Playhouse

Davori Production's Mankato Playhouse is providing dinner theater to the Greater Mankato Area
Photo by Mike Lagerquist - The song Face of Time, was the audience's introduction to Tucker Sweet, the adult character lead who used a group of kids to help him move west in search of gold.

Charades – Once-In-a-Lifetime Original Musical at West High School

40 years ago this month, the faculty, staff and students of Mankato West High School created an original stage musical called Charades.