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Saturday, February 07, 2004

The Ballroom at Theatre de la Jeune Lune

Catherine Campion, local musician and media contact for the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association's yearly Art-A-Whirl event, sent me an email the other day speaking of her involvement in a show that began previews last evening at Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Campion will be making a momentary return to the theater stage in The Ballroom. The production that has been in previews this past week is directed by Dominique Serrand and opens officially tonight.

According to the press release, "The Theatre has been transformed into a Midwestern social hall, complete with two bars where beverages will be served. Collaboratively created by Jeune Lune's five artistic directors, this celebratory production features a cast of 30, performing a series of vignettes that captures a slice of American life during different eras of the 20th century. Stories include a prom in the 1960s, World War II women factory workers and a wedding in the 1950s. It's a poignant, powerful and hilarious production filled with music and dancing."

Campion adds that if you are interested in seeing the show, here's how to get the cheapest tickets: If you mention The Rake when making reservations, tickets are 2-4-1 for all Friday and Sunday shows. Full price tickets are $26 (Fridays) and $22 (Sundays) so this half price offer is quite a steal!

One last thing Campion mentions: though it's still frigid and our fair city is buried in snow, Art-A-Whirl is right around the corner. If you are interested in playing at this year's event or submitting music for the annual compilation CD Campion produces each year, contact her at