What are you doing on Father’s (Grandfathers) Day Weekend? How about a play?

Looking for an activity for the whole family? We have the ticket! And you can get yours this week.

Sweet Land is a poignant, lyrical celebration of land, love, and the American immigrant experience

Picture back to 1920. Inge Altenberg journeys to America to marry a bachelor farmer, sight unseen. But in the wake of WWI, Inge’s German heritage turns her new neighbors against the match. Under cathedral skies, the determined young immigrant and her stoic farmer fight for their lives, facing their own misgivings and the harshness of an unforgiving land. A lyrical celebration of hard-won independence and a reflection of generations past, Sweet Land reminds us of who we are – and where we came from.

It remains a hot topic today and a great conversation starter for the generations!

 

Saturday, June 17, 2017 – 7:30pm
Memorial Auditorium – Dawson
Tickets: $15 Adults $5 Students
Reserved Seating

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the SW MN Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Sweet Land sneak preview – coming to Dawson on June 17

We are so excited about our bonus summer show – Sweet Land performed by the Minnesota History Theatre. Not sure what to expect?

Here’s a sneak preview…

Saturday, June 17, 2017 – 7:30pm
Memorial Auditorium – Dawson
Tickets: $15 Adults $5 Students
Reserved Seating

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the SW MN Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Sweet Land the Musical makes its Greater Minnesota premiere at Dawson-Boyd Arts Association June 17

A poignant, lyrical celebration of land, love and the American immigrant experience

The Ivey Award-winning History Theatre brings its hit production of Sweet Land, the musical to Memorial Auditorium in Dawson on June 17, 2017 at 7:30pm. Follow the story of Inge Altenberg as she journeys to America to marry a bachelor farmer, sight unseen. In the wake of WWI, Inge’s German heritage turns her new neighbors against the match. Under cathedral skies, the determined young immigrant and her stoic farmer fight for their lives, facing their own misgivings and the harshness of an unforgiving land. A lyrical celebration of hard-won independence and a reflection of generations past, Sweet Land, the musical reminds us of who we are – and where we came from.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and a grant from Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Saturday, June 17, 2017 – 7:30pm
Memorial Auditorium – Dawson
Tickets: $15 Adults $5 Students
Reserved Seating

Tickets to The Giver (April 24) and Hamlet (April 25) are open to all!

We are pleased to open the gates on Monday and Tuesday for two wonderful shows. We have Eric Coble’s The Giver and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet coming to the Memorial Auditorium in Dawson this Monday and Tuesday. The shows are in town especially for student performances but there’s limited room for the general public. Please let us know immediately if you want tickets. 320-312-2311

The Giver
Monday April 24 – 9:30 am

Hamlet
Tuesday April 25 – 9:30 am (2 days after Shakespeare’s birthday!)

Learn more about the shows.

National Players to perform The Grapes of Wrath in Dawson April 23

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association is proud to welcome back the National Players and its production of The Grapes of Wrath, based on John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, on Sunday, April 23 at 7 pm at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson.

The Grapes of Wrath chronicles the journey of the Joad Family during the Dust Bowl era as they trek from Oklahoma to California, striving for their own piece of the American dream. A story of perseverance against the odds, National Players’ interpretation of Steinbeck’s Great American Novel showcases diverse people struggling to find meaning in extraordinary circumstances.

National Players, based in Olney, Maryland, tours three full productions annually of classic and Shakespearean drama throughout the United States with a troupe of ten actors, offering theatre education and arts integration to hosting communities. This production was adapted by Frank Galati and directed by Colin Hovde.

Event sponsors for the Sunday performance of Steinbeck’s classic story are Helen Haverberg and Thrivent Financial – James Heinrich. Coffee from Marc’s on Main will be available in the lobby.

Tickets for The Grapes of Wrath are available online or by calling the box office at 320-312-2311.

Storyteller Kevin Kling, Accordionista Simone Perrin in Dawson for Winterfest Weekend!

We are excited to have audience favorites Kevin Kling and Simone Perrin return to Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, February 4 at 7:30pm as part of Winterfest Weekend activities in Dawson.

Author, playwright and storyteller Kevin Kling will be joined by accordionista and singer Simone Perrin to bring us their newly-debuted show “Kindly Relying on the Strangeness of Others.”  Kevin Kling’s sharp perspective on the world pairs beautifully with Simone Perrin’s music in this humorous and poignant show. You’ll meet some eccentric yet familiar characters – both adversaries and angels – who’ve crossed their paths and changed their lives.

Kling, a Minnesota native and the author of five books, performs internationally and is an award-winning storyteller. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. His commentaries can be heard on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Coffee and refreshments will be served in the lobby prior to the show. The annual meeting of the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association will take place at the start of the evening.

This event is sponsored by Johnson Memorial Health Services and Ralph and Sue Gerbig.

Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at 320-312-2311 and will also be available at the door.

Come see Cinderella on Sunday October 23

Cinderella attitudeTickets are now on sale for Continental Ballet’s production of Cinderella. It will be performed on Sunday afternoon, October 23 at 3:00 pm at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson.

It’s reserved seating. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.

You can purchase tickets in one of three ways:

  1. In person! The box office will be open on Oct. 12 from 9am-noon. [And also all weekdays after that.]
  2. By phone! Our NEW direct phone number is 320-312-2311 with voicemail 24/7. Leave your request and we’ll call you back to confirm payment method.
  3. Online!  You’ll have a chance to list your seating preference in the comments box.

We are looking forward to another beautiful production by Continental Ballet of Bloomington.

Event sponsors are Peggy Crosby & David Pederson and Kluver Law Office & Mediation Center PLLC.

Coffee from Marc’s on Main will be served in the lobby.

Our phones weren’t working. We apologize!

phoneDue to a technical difficulty, the Memorial Auditorium box office phone number was not  functioning. It has recently been fixed.

If you have requested tickets by phone and have not received an answer, we were NOT ignoring you!

Rest assured that there are still tickets for Saturday’s concert.You will be able to purchase them at the box office 30 minutes prior to the show.

We apologize for this inconvenience and we thank you for your patience.

Remember you can also purchase them online or try calling us now!