Tickets are now on sale for “The Cherry Orchard,” by Anton Chekhov, a condensed, site-specific performance in and around the Musser Mansion at Linden Hill in Little Falls.
This production focuses on the struggles of a family in the throes of losing their estate through foreclosure and was chosen to bring attention to the rash of farm foreclosures in the Southern Minnesota farming community. Although inherently tragic, this production will illuminate the comedic and eccentric nature of Chekhov’s rich characters. Each of the production’s performances will host only 50 audience members. Actors, dressed in period costumes, will lead the audience members into areas of the home (the kitchen, living room, dining area) where they will watch scenes and intimately experience the interplay of the characters from close range. Other scenes will move the audience outside to the yard and porch of the property.
The project is being spearheaded by Luverne Seifert, professional actor/director in the Twin Cities, as well as Head of the B.A. Theatre Performance program at the University of Minnesota and Darcey Engen, performer and Chair of the Theater Arts Program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.
This production will feature eight performers from Little Falls and the surrounding areas: Emily Dunuisky, Jessica Elhatt, Eric and Sarah Kalkbrenner, Maria Kosovich, Jill Moore, Melanamaria Phillips and Casey Walquist. The production also features local musician Kevin Stuvian.
The performances will be held Wednesday – Friday, July 18 – 20, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 21 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 22, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The $15 tickets are available at Ambiance@53 Gift Shop in Little Falls and online at www.brownpapertick ets.com (search Little Falls).
Seating is limited to 50 people per performance.