All We Want for Christmas – A Word from Lyric Arts’ Artistic & Executive Director

All We Want for Christmas – A Word from Lyric Arts’ Artistic & Executive Director

It’s been quite a year! Are you ready for a new one? Lyric Arts is—thanks to you!

Your support has helped make 2016 an incredible year for our “little” theater. Through the contributions of supporters, we have increased the quality of the art we produce, updated essential lighting and sound equipment, and paid small stipends to our actors for the very first time.

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Announcing the Cast of "Silent Sky" and "The Drawer Boy."

Announcing the Cast of "Silent Sky" and "The Drawer Boy."

On January 6th, Silent Sky opens and will be directed by someone new to Lyric Arts, Anne Byrd. This play is a miraculous story about Henrietta Leavitt, a female astronomer. The true story takes place during the 19th-century and explores a woman's place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women's ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. 

The Drawer Boy opens on Feb. 3rd and will be directed by Joshua Campbell, making his Lyric Arts directorial debut. The Drawer Boy was hailed as one of the top ten plays of 2001 by TIME magazine and winner of nearly every Canadian theater award possible. It is a humorous and heartwarming play about the simple pleasures of friendship, storytelling and remembrance.

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Lyric Arts Live Tweets: Hairspray LIVE!

Lyric Arts Live Tweets: Hairspray LIVE!

Lyric Arts tried something new and fun recently with our Artistic & Executive Director, Laura Tahja Johnson and our Administrative Associate, Brett Burger. We had them live tweet during this years NBC Live musical, Hairspray Live! 

They both certainly had a lot to say about the technicalities of the production, the singing and actors. Check out some of their best 7 moments from the night including some of their best tweets. Let us know what you want them to live tweet next! 

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Lyric Arts Honors Military Families in Anoka and Across Minnesota - A Swinney Story

Lyric Arts Honors Military Families in Anoka and Across Minnesota - A Swinney Story

We met Emily and Monica Swinney after a performance of Wait Until Dark and we were struck by their story as a military family.  They had planned as a family to attend Christmas in the Airwaves t Lyric Arts in December 2015 ut were left with one empty seat when Adam was unexpectedly called away to serve. 

This year, they had hoped he would be home to see Christmas Story, ut unfortunately, he is currently serving in Iraq. Emily and Monica plan to attend the show on closing weekend. So, we wanted to take a moment to tell their story in recognition of all that military families do in service of our country. Here is their story.   

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#Cheersto21Years Fundraising Campaign

#Cheersto21Years Fundraising Campaign

It is that time of year when we come to you and ask for your support through individual donations.  Give to the Max Day 2016 is coming up this week (Thursday, Nov. 17)  and we are asking all of you to help us rally support to help achieve our goals! 

This year, we are celebrating our 21st season and as you may have read already in our blog entitled #LyricArtsIsLegal, we are growing fast and we need the funds to keep pace with that growth. 

Therefore, we thought it would be fun to center our fundraising campaign goals around the number 21.  We have sent some big goals for our year-end fundraising campaign but we are confident that the love and passion for our theater runs deep and that our supporters will heed the call and rise to the challenge.

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Director's Take: Twas the Night Before Christmas - Opening Dec. 1

Director's Take: Twas the Night Before Christmas - Opening Dec. 1

"'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." But wait! A mouse is stirring, because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say "Merry Christmas!” we're off on a wild adventure involving a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer.

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#LyricArtsIsLegal – 21st Season Brings Big Things

#LyricArtsIsLegal – 21st Season Brings Big Things

Lyric Arts has turned 21, we have now reached “adulthood” and we are officially legal.

“Saying, ‘We’ve turned 21, so now we are legal,’ started as a joke amongst staff members. But, it has really struck a chord with our community of artists and audiences because, in some ways, it is a really accurate description of where we are as a theater company. Lyric Arts has come out of its adolescence and is beginning the next step in its development. It’s our early adulthood,” says Laura Tahja Johnson, Lyric Arts’ Executive and Artistic Director.

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Director's Take: A Christmas Story - Opening Nov. 18

Director's Take: A Christmas Story - Opening Nov. 18

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!"

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Capturing Cline: Cherry and Spoon Says Always.. Patsy Cline "is perfectly cast"

Capturing Cline: Cherry and Spoon Says Always.. Patsy Cline "is perfectly cast"

REVIEW: Cherry and Spoon recently visited Lyric Arts to see Always... Patsy Cline.  Here is what she had to say: "The new production at Lyric Arts in Anoka is perfectly cast, full of heart, and highly entertaining for anyone whose ever heard Patsy's music, and let's face it - who hasn't?"

Find out what else Cherry and Spoon thought of the show and watch a video featuring Gracie Anderson and Catherine Battocletti talking about "Capturing Cline."

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