Barefoot in the park

The Merlin Players Present Barefoot in the Park

Feb 23, 2018 - Mar 3, 2018

“Barefoot in the Park” By Neil Simon Directed By Julianna Skluzacek

“Barefoot in the Park”, one of Simon’s early hit comedies, is the story of Corie and Paul Bratter, a newlywed couple. For their first home, they live in an apartment on the top floor of a brownstone in New York City. During the course of four days, the couple learns to live… Read More


Danger Committee

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 7:00 PM

This is no ordinary juggling act. Featured on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Howie Mandel described this Twin Cities trio as “truly something unique that we haven’t seen before.” Danger Committee is one of the lead acts at the MN Renaisannce Festival and have brought their danger-defying juggling act all across the country. Knives, spears and even… Read More

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Cat's Pajamas Vocal Jam

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The Cat’s Pajamas, an explosive 5-piece vocal band has toured internationally, wowing audiences around the globe each time they take the stage. Cat’s Pajamas got their start when they competed in the nation OREO Cookie Jingle Competition. They were selected as one of the top 10 finalists in the entire country and appeared on Oprah. The group… Read More

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Aesop's Fables

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Our youngest actors (ages 3-7) will present their rendition of several of Aesop’s Fables. This wonderful intro-to-theatre program helps build confidence and creativity in children. Come share in the joy and wonder of some of Aseop’s favorite children’s stories seen and heard through the eyes and ears of our Acting Fun for Little Ones cast. In… Read More

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St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Willow Brae is the duo of Andrea Stern, virtuosic Celtic harpist, and multi-instrumentalist Laura MacKenzie, on traditional wind-powered instruments and voice. Together they bring to life the airs, dance tunes and songs of the Irish and Scottish countrysides, conveying the warm resonance of traditional music and song as well as the spark and… Read More

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High 48's (Bluegrass)

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The High 48s make music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude and a wide range of music influences. This band of songwriters perform their own material in addition to the festival favorites. The band’s newest member, Clint Birtzer is a three-time Minnesota State Flatpicking Guitar Champion. The High 48’s… Read More

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Tommy Ryman

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Tommy Ryman grew up with a new-age, folk-singing mother and a traditional, Lutheran insurance-agent father. This XY equation evidently equals: acclaimed comedian. Ryman has earned the title of Semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Ryman’s act can be described as absurdist and clever, masked behind a very likable and innocent demeanor, often… Read More



Apr 13, 2018 - Apr 22, 2018

Leapin’ Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This beloved show features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.”

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Buddy Koopman's Orchestra

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 7:30 PM

A Faribault original and Southern Minnesota’s favorite Big Band returns for an even of swinging fun and fabulous music. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for an amazing step back in time for some toe-tapping tunes as this 16+ member ensemble takes Paradise stage. Free swing dance lessons before the show!


Big Hats & Big Hearts

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Be part of this annual spring tradition of celebrating and supporting the arts through entertainment, fashion, and friends. Take part in live and silent auctions and watch the greatest two minutes in sports! Drinks, games, appetizers and live music create a festive, gala-style event. Proceeds from Big Hats & Big Hearts help to continue the rich… Read More



Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This showstopping performance led by Dianna Parks and Mary Lieser is the full ABBA experience. A talented cast of Southern Minnesota’s finest musicians collaborate to recreate the entire ABBA Gold album in a dance party style.

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Looney Lutherans

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The Looney Lutherans return with more recipes for laughs and not-so-sage wisdom from their cookbook, USE YOUR FOOD. A GUIDE TO HEALTHY LIVING INSIDE AND OUT, FROM OUR KITCHEN TO YOURS, EAT LIKE A LUTHERAN! These original cast members of the Church Basement Ladies, Using use music, comedy, and some help from the audience, to share some age-old… Read More

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Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The dynamic dueling pianos duo is back! Dave and Ted have sold out shows at the PAradise and across the country. Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos continues to defy all expectations and experoences of a dueling piano show. It’s a zany, witty and wild night of entertainment. Whether you are twenty-five or eighty-five, get ready to be part of the musical… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More


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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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,... Read More

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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… Read More

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… Read More


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,... Read More

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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… Read More

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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,... Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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… Read More

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