The student organization, METRO THEATER UNDERGROUND can help you to meet other students who are interested in theater and may be working on individual projects. THEATER UNDERGROUND will also help you to get the "news" first regarding special trips to theaters around town or other opportunities here at Metropolitan State. For more information or to participate in the next meeting of THEATER UNDERGROUND call Gail Smogard 651-659-7156.
Performances: April 3, 4, 5, at 7 pm and Matinee on April 6, 2:30 pm; Historic Mounds Theatre
St. Paul, Minn.—Rats’ Tales, a collection of short pieces by British Poet Laureate-Carol Ann Duffy (adapted to the stage by Melly Still), will run one weekend only – April 3, 4, 5 at 7 p.m. with a matinee on April 6 at 2:30 p.m. The Metropolitan State University spring performances will be at the Historic Mounds Theatre, 1029 Hudson Road. Originally presented at the Royal Exchange Theatre, in Manchester, England, in 2012, to excellent reviews, this is the first performance of Rats’ Tales granted in the United States. David Hanzal directs.
Rats’ Tales weaves together original stories by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy with dark and enchanting fairy tales from around the world. The thematic thread that runs through the show explores the pain of innocence lost, stolen childhood, growing up and growing old. The macabre and magical stories include: An outsider with mysterious powers who rids a town of vermin and then entices all the children away; a mother so eaten up with jealousy that she steals her youthful daughter’s shadow; a strange growing doll in a doll’s house who bursts out of the house and becomes real; and a young boy who is mentally forced to the point of invisibility by his stepfather, when his mother remarries. Using puppetry, live music, visual spectacle and storytelling, audiences aged nine to 109 will be taken on a thrilling journey into the darker side of these fairy tales.
“Fairy tales are strange and familiar, frightening and reassuring, and provide a map of childhood which we can use as adults to remember who we are. Their retelling and reinterpretation is part of the lifeblood of literature.” –Carol Ann Duffy.
Rats’ Tales is recommended for ages nine and up due to some “scary elements” advised theatre program director, Gail Smogard, “But the Mounds Theatre is a funky 1920s converted-film theater which offers concessions so there’s an easy, informal atmosphere where we know children will be comfortable.” Metropolitan State students who bring their families may attend on a $10 ticket to cover everyone. The play runs 90 minutes long. Reservations are encouraged. Single students are free with ID. Single ticket general admission is $10. To order tickets on-line, please go to www.moundstheatre.org/.
The Historic Mound’s Theatre is 10 blocks from the Metropolitan State University main campus. On street parking is available. Rats’ Tales is produced by Theater Underground and Metropolitan State University’s Theater Program with support from student activities funding.
Metropolitan State offers the final two years of a theater major for transferring students. For more information, contact Gail Smogard at 612-659-7156. Persons with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should Disability Services at 651-793-1549 or 651-772-7687(TTY).
Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, provides high-quality, affordable academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels. Metropolitan State offers the upper-division portion of a theater major in collaboration with Minneapolis Community and Technical College. For information on the theater program, contact Gail Smogard, professor and program director, at 612-659-7156.
Theater Program Address: 1501 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403