Theater & Film


 Powderhorn Recreation Center
3400 15th Ave. S.
The Supercilious Ways of Walter Wading
Everyone will be able to afford the admission price to SPARK theater + dance’s latest production—one simply has to bring a playful spirit and a big imagination. SPARK theater + dance, led by artistic directors Betsy and Corey Mills, will be offering a free workshop of games and creative movement as well as a free children’s show designed as an ideal introduction to the theater for families with children ages 3-8 and up. The 45-minute workshop for kids ages 5-8 and their caregivers will be followed by a free performance of SPARK’S original children’s play, “The Supercilious Ways of Walter Wading.”
The play is a 40-minute physical comedy, features the crazy antics of three woodland sprites as they bounce with yoga balls and defy gravity while trying to convince their stoic friend Walter to come and play.
The workshop for kids ages 5-8 and their caregivers begins at 10 a.m., followed by the show at 11 a.m. Admission is free. Powderhorn Recreation Center is ADA accessible. Metro Transit routes include 14 and also 21, 22 and 5.
Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.

Children’s Theatre Company
2400 3rd Ave. S.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Photo by Helen Murray.
It’s hard enough for Mr. Popper, a modest painter, to support himself and his wife, and the unexpected addition of ten penguins makes it even tougher. But then! The imaginative Popper turns his talented penguins into a traveling vaudeville act. They sing! They dance! They become a theatrical sensation and give a must-see Penguiny performance! Applause! Applause! This play shows you a wild and witty way to follow your dreams.
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Crane Group. Proudly supported by Deluxe.
“We’re delighted that our adaptation of Mr. Popper’s Penguins is coming to CTC,” stated Director Emma Earle. “Just like the story, our performing penguins are traveling all over the world! We hope audiences are charmed by this story of a humble house painter with big dreams and his family of flippy, flappy penguins.”
Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius states, “Mr. Poppers Penguins is a story about dreamers — that incredible story of Mr. Popper who wants to be an explorer — he is obsessed with listening to the stories on the radio of the great adventurers who travel to our Poles and encounter incredible adventures and test themselves — a very big dream when you spend your days as a house painter in a small town. Then he is given the ‘gift’ of a series of penguins, which he transforms into a wonderful vaudeville act. It is both a piece about the power of theatre and the delight of creating an act out of dancing, singing penguins. It is also about what it means to never give up, to press for your dreams, though they may seem foolish to some. It is a joyous, fun, very smart, and theatrical production, and I am thrilled to bring this story back in a new production to CTC.”
Through February 24

Center for Performing Arts
3754 Pleasant Ave. S.

Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater Company
Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church
5011 S. 31st Ave. S.

Casket Cinema
145 17th Ave. NE, 55413

Gremlin Theatre
550 Vandalia St., St. Paul 55114

Guthrie Theatre
818 S. 2nd St.

As You Like It
In this charming romantic comedy that centers on Rosalind and Orlando, everything seems to get turned around: lords and ladies are banished from court, brothers are at odds and guises abound in the Forest of Arden. Set in the here and now with the same great Shakespeare text, this amusing and often-musical world of royalty, rebels and clowns comes together in the end to celebrate four weddings between some of the Bard’s most beloved characters.
Through March 17

Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Ave.
612-623-9080 (box office)

Illusion Theater
Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, 8th Floor
528 Hennepin Ave.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
1500 E. Lake St.

Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. S.

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 55401

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S. 4th St.

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul 55105

Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.55403

Park Square Theatre
20 W. 7th Place, St. Paul 55102

The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave. S.

BLACK by David J. Buchanan
In this film by local director/writer David J. Buchanan, a black man begins an uprising after his brother is killed by police during a routine traffic stop. It stars Toussaint Morrison, who’s an Emmy award winner. Made by a local cast and crew, the film also has interviews of real-life family members who’ve been victims of police brutality. The film sold out in less than 48 hours at the Twin Cities Film at the ShowPlace ICON in St. Louis Park.
$11 at the door and $9 on the Parkway website.
Friday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Ave. S.

The Riverview Theater
3800 42nd Ave. S.

Roosevelt High School Theater
4029 28th Ave. S.

Semple Mansion
100 W. Franklin Ave.

St. Anthony Main Theatre
Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul’s Screen #3
115 S.E. Main St., Mpls. 55414

SteppingStone Theatre
55 Victoria St. N., St. Paul 55104

Theatre in the Round Players
245 Cedar Ave. S.

Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.

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