2021-22 Forum Season

The Secret Garden

November 5-6, 7:30 PM; November 7, 2:00 PM
(Martin Luther College Auditorium)

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved Victorian classic, The Secret Garden, blossoms anew in this enchanting musical by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon. When young Mary Lennox loses her parents to a cholera outbreak in India, she is sent to live with her uncle, hermit Archibald Craven, who lives in an imposing, secluded manor on the British heath. Inside this haunting house upon the hill, Mary finds that since her aunt Lily’s death, her uncle has pushed away his surviving loved ones, leaving his bedridden son, Colin, alone. Sickly Colin, hidden away in the depths of the manner, bears the guilt of his mother’s death on his crippled shoulders. When Mary discovers her Aunt Lily’s hidden garden, locked shut and overgrown with vines, she is determined to revive the beauty that once was. Surrounded by spirits from the past, who both warn and welcome her, Mary begins to peel away the layers of sadness that cover the house and the garden, showing us the power that one small girl can have when she wants things to grow.

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Tickets are $10 adults or $8 for seniors (65+), K-12 students, and college students, if purchased ahead of time. At the door, tickets are $12 for adults or $10 for seniors (65+), K-12 students, and college students. Please note that it is assigned seating, not general admission. If you would like to select your specific seats, click on the green “Tickets” box, then select “Buy on Map” under the show graphic. (If you do not select them on the map, the system will choose the best available seats for you.) At the time of the event, you may either present your tickets printed at home or your purchase receipt (with seat numbers) on your phone.

Please call our box office at (507) 233-9114 with any questions.

 MLC—The Real World

December 10-11, 7:30 PM; December 12, 2:00 PM
(Martin Luther College Auditorium)

Do you want to know the reality of what really goes on in the lives of MLC students? These two one-act plays will show you MLC—The Real World! We’re just kidding, but we do think they poke fun of some realities of seemingly unavoidable parts of our lives. In Teachers on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Bradley Hayward, five high school teachers find themselves at the end of their rope…and it’s only the first day of school! From an English teacher with mood swings and a math teacher in the middle of a divorce, to an elderly chemistry teacher with back pain and a geography teacher with a whip, the semester gets off to a rocky start. Add to the mix a drama teacher who sleeps on his desk, and it only becomes a matter of time before one of them snaps. As the students navigate this bumpy road, they begin to realize it may have been their behavior that pushed these teachers perilously close to the edge. Will they be able to make things right before it’s too late, or has this faculty completely lost its faculties? In the beginning of I Don’t Mind that You’re Ugly by Bobby Keniston, Clyde is waiting at “The Only Fancy Restaurant in Town,” anxious to propose to his beautiful girlfriend, Kira. There is only one problem: Clyde is a very average-looking guy. When Kira arrives, looking stunning, Clyde’s night is thrown into a whirlwind when everyone in the restaurant wants to gawk at his bride-to-be. When Kira accidentally makes the comment, “I don’t mind that you’re ugly,” to Clyde, the night really takes off in an unexpected direction. Will Clyde marry the girl of his dreams, or will his relationship be ruined at this wacky restaurant? 

Ticket and attendance information still to come.

The Westing Game

February 18-19, 7:30 PM; February 20, 2:00 PM
(Martin Luther College Auditorium)

What do you get if you combine a mystery novel, a jigsaw puzzle, and a game of Clue? You get The Westing Game! In Darian Lindle’s adaptation of Ellen Raskin’s Newbery Award-winning novel, the unsuspecting residents of Sunset Towers are summoned to the reading of a mysterious will, only to find themselves locked in a thrilling game, as they must discover who is responsible for killing an eccentric millionaire. Through blizzards, bombings, and unlikely alliances, the game is on, and the only people who hold all the clues are one Westing heir and you.

Ticket and attendance information still to come.

The Elves and the Shoemaker

April 30, 3:00 & 7:00 PM
(Martin Luther College Auditorium)

Lockhart Cobblestone, the shoemaker, has a kind heart but little money in his pocket. Moved by the plight of an old beggar woman, he gives her his last pair of shoes. Poor Lockhart has leather enough to make only one more pair of shoes and sets it out to work on the next morning. Then, the fun begins! Out pop five weird, endearing little elves:  Mortz, Schwartz, Hazel, Gracie, and Studebaker, who whip up the most fantastic and magical shoes the town of Clankbottom has ever seen. Karen Boettcher-Tate’s adaptation of this story by the Brothers Grimm is an upbeat, fast-paced retelling of an old favorite, filled with delightfully wacky characters and clever dialogue, which also holds an important lesson about the nature of kindness. The Elves and the Shoemaker is a whimsical romp of a fantasy you and your family will want to experience with us. 

Ticket and attendance information still to come.