TMP The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Jun 21, 2018 - Jun 24, 2018

The Merlin Players Present A New Musical Comedy Music & Lyrics by William Finn Book by Rachel Sheindin and additional material by Jay Reiss

Directed by Julianna Skluzacek Musical Director – Kim Schaufenbuel

Featuring: Heather Burke, Nate Chesney, Tim Fitzgerald, Alicia Frarck, Taylor Heitman, Maria Markman,William McIntyre, Samuel Temple, & Jon Terrill

Life Is Pandemonium at the Bee and everyone goes home with a juice box. Delightful and hilarious.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a musical comedy about a fictional spelling bee set in Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. The winner of two Tony Awards, this delightful musical has charmed audiences with its effortless wit and humor.


Fab 6: All You Need is Love! Beatle’s Review Encore Show

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Fab 6 returns to the Paradise stage after their sold out, standing room only performance in 2017. In addition to Beatle’s favorites from the 22017 show, Fab 6 will add baker’s dozen of new Beatle songs, presented with aplomb and joy. This amazing show includes 6 highly talented musicians who are all deeply committed and life-long Beatle’s fans. They are joined onstage by The Pepperland String Quartet, The Parlophone Singers and The Sun King Brass.


Tonic Sol Fa

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Tonic Sol-fa began at St. John’s University in Central Minnesota. Together the group reached national prominence with appearances on NBC’s Today Show and in Newsweek magazine. Along the way, they shared the stage with a number of recognizable performers and were recently part of the 30th Anniversary celebration of A Prairie Home Companion. Tonic Sol-fa has established itself as one of the most in-demand vocal groups in the Midwest, and one of the most successful independent acts in America.


Memphis & the Meantimes: Tribute to Grand Ole Opry and Sun Records

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Memphis & The Meantimes is a celebration of the music that changed the world. Featuring songs from Cash, Haggard, Lewis, Orbison, Elvis and many others, Memphis & The Meantimes have been thrilling audiences for years by providing the audience with a 9-piece powerful presentation.

Featuring the amazing lead vocalists Mick Sterling, Cate Fierro and Shalo Lee backed by an incredibly talented band, Memphis & the Meantines is a joyful noise celebrating the best of American classic country music.


Songs of Hope International Youth Ensemble

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Songs of Hope has a well-deserved reputation for upbeat, high-energy concerts showcasing the talents of children and adults from countries around the world. Enjoy an evening of songs, dances, and cultural dress from many countries, with live music by an outstanding band. Now in its twenty-seventh year, award-winning Songs of Hope offers music for everyone from US pop to international folk, from show tunes to freedom ballads. Made possible in part by an Arts Tour Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.


Little Shop of Horrors

Jul 27, 2018 - Aug 5, 2018

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. This musical is one of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows. Little Shop of Horrors—the charmingly tongue-in-cheek comedy about a man-eating plant.


Disney's Lion King Jr.

Aug 17, 2018 - Aug 18, 2018

Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. The African Savannah comes to life on the Paradise Center for the Arts stage with Simba, Rafiki, Timon, and an unforgettable cast of characters that journey from Pride Rock to the jungle…and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Disney’s The Lion King Jr. features a cast of over 20 children and youth ages 7-18 in their capstone performances following 3 weeks of intensive theatre-camp style rehearsals. Celebrate the end of summer with the “junior version” of the Tony award winning musical, Disney’s The Lion King—perfect for all ages!


Joseph Hall's Elvis Rock-n-Roll Extravaganza

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Joseph Hall has performed all over the world and was a finalist on America’s Got Talent. He has won many awards throughout his career including the “Spirit of Elvis ” award. He is officially endorsed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, and is recognized as one of the top Elvis tribute artists in the world today. His goal is to capture the essence of Elvis Presley and to pay tribute to him with the utmost respect to his legacy, his music, his image and above all else his fans.


Benson Family Singers

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 4:00 PM

This family music group returns to the Paradise with their unique mix of barbershop, bluegrass, and gospel music to the Paradise stage. The Benson Family Singers specialize in tight, a cappella harmonies and also play a variety of instruments, including guitar, banjo, bass, violin, and mandolin. Together they have performed concerts, fairs, festivals, churches and private events throughout the Midwest. A family show for all ages!


Jen Kober

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Jen Kober has energetically bounded onto the national stage bringing crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, storytelling, and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. Her hard-hitting hour is phenomenally funny as Kober commands the stage and dares you not to laugh. Jen was the 2016 Winner of NPR’s Snap Judgement Comedic Performance of the Year for her Girl Scout Cookie story. Her comedy is also on the big screen, with appearances in several TV comedies (The Middle, The Mindy Project and Curb Your Enthusiasm, just to name a few) as well as Film. *This show does contain some adult language.

American Highway - The Musical Trip

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This show returns to the Paradise stage and features some of Southern Minnesota’s best musicians including Jason Paulson, Chad Johnson and Carolyn Gleason. Mixing music and storytelling, this group of award-winning musicians take the audience on a musical journey. America’s favorite road trip music comes to life as we go coast to coast with a great mix of Rock and Roll and Americana. Sit back and enjoy the ride!


Pride and Prejudice

Oct 6, 2018 - Oct 7, 2018

Four proposals, three rejections, two marriages, and one scandal. This play, presented by middle and high school youth from our fall theatre camp program, helps students focus on more advanced aspects of theatre like character development. These students bring the wonderful characters of Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy to life: witty, free-spirited Elizabeth Bennet and her four sisters, including the lovely Jane; their match-maker mother, Mrs. Bennet, who only wants what’s best for her daughters; and of course, the handsome but enigmatic, Mr. Darcy. Step into 1800’s England as our youth explore love and misfortune as only Jane Austen can tell it.


Savannah Jack

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 7:30 PM

From traveling throughout the Caribbean as a featured, headline act on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to opening arenas and large festival dates for Peter Frampton, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, The Doobie Brothers, Lady Antebellum and as the main opener for the legendary Kenny Rogers, Savannah Jack has honed their skills as outstanding live entertainers who captivate audiences from the very first note.

Joe Guercio, Elvis Presley’s longtime music and orchestra director, called Savannah Jack “the absolute best band I’ve seen in music today.” Exceptional songwriters as well as versatile musicians, they infuse their individual style to collectively create Savannah Jack’s unique sound. Their musical influences range from Ronnie Milsap, The Gatlin Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Restless Heart, The Beatles, Tom Petty, and the Eagles just to name a few.


Spirits, Screams and Screen

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Join us for the 2nd Annual MN & More Spirits Tasting and costume party (costumes optional, but prizes will be awarded in several categories). Sample spirits from local and regional craft distilleries, breweries, and vineyards, enjoy light appetizers and then settle in for a movie in the classic horror film genre. Halloween, Friday the 13th, Carrie?! You’ll just have to sit back and wait for the screen and screams to start.


Monroe Crossing

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This award-winning Minnesota musical group returns to the Paradise. Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites. They are considered one of the most entreating acts in bluegrass.


The Haunting of Hill House

Oct 26, 2018 - Nov 3, 2018

This classic psychological drama is just in time for Halloween! A chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror in which a small group of “psychically receptive” people are brought together in Hill House, a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion known as a place of evil and “contained ill will”. Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson and adapted for the stage by F. Andrew, this show was also made into the movie “The Haunting”.

Wine, Women & Musical Comedy

Nov 9, 2018 - Nov 10, 2018

Blaze Orange is the New Black by SISTER rewrites the rules for music, comedy and entertainment for women in BLAZE ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. SISTER knows what women need and this show has it all: wine, laughter and rock and roll! Rock legends like Pat Benatar, Heart and Brandi Carlisle are honored as their anthems are belted out by SISTER lead singer Alisa Leonard. Kara Millerhagen and Kjersten Dysthe complete the signature sound of the SISTER trio mesmerizing audiences with the unique vocal quality of real life singing sisters. Original music and the SISTER live and in the moment style make each performance unique and a one of a kind experience for the audience. BLAZEORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK is a celebration for women everywhere and a must see! Free Wine Tasting.


The Accidental Hero

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 4:00 AM

The Accidental Hero is a multi-media one-man show about a WWII American officer who miraculously liberates the Czech villages of his grandparents. It’s a true story written and performed by his grandson, Patrick Dewane. This touching show runs from belly laughs to tears. Dewane takes on a dozen different roles as he powerfully recounts his grandfather’s journey from Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, and the end of WWII. In the last week of the war, the story turns away from a soldier’s survival tale to something from mythology. He discovers his lost identity, embraced by the tribe he never knew. As he freed the Czechs, they liberated him.


Mick Sterling's At Christmas

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 7:30 PM

At Christmas is a unique blend of family-fueled comedy and drama brilliantly written and performed by three alumni of Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop, as well as a live, 6-piece band featuring one of the Twin Cities’ favorite front men, Mick Sterling, and A Brave new Workshop’s musical director, Peter Guertin. The presentation of At Christmas is wonderfully simple and minimal. What drives At Christmas are the stories and the music that will ring true with family members of all ages. The 90 minute show is a reflection of what the holidays are—funny, poignant, and heartwarmingly tender.

Wintertainment Holiday Show by Sister

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 7:30 PM

There is more music, more laughter, more joy and more warmth waiting just for you as SISTER presents THE MORE THE MERRIER. The infinitely contagious spirit of Christmas creates the magic behind this beautiful and inspired original show. Incredible holiday music and hilarious family-friendly comedy go together like hot chocolate and marshmallows. The nonstop entertainment features the incredible vocals of lead singer Alisa Leonard, the amazing harmonies of the SISTER trio, a talented and entertaining live band, family members creating the support staff and old friends like THE AUNTS and GUDREN always chiming in. Refresh your holiday cheer! Remind yourself of all that is right in the world. Get yourself home for the holidays through THE MORE THE MERRIER!

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