At The Phipps Center for The Arts

“Mulan Jr.” final performances

Disney’s “Mulan Jr.,” based on the 1998 Disney film “Mulan” and the story “Fa Mulan” by Robert D. San Souci, will be performed by The Phipps Children’s Theater through March 2 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Final performances will be given on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., as well as Sunday, March 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for students age 13 and older as well as seniors, and $15 for children age 12 and younger. The play is recommended for children age 4 and older.  Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409.

Organist Jonathan Ortloff performs
Award-winning organist Jonathan Ortloff will perform classics from Cole Porter and Duke Ellington to famous later compositions, including selections by Stephen Sondheim and the Muppets on Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
An organ builder, scholar, and classical as well as theater organist, Ortloff holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester in organ performance and interdisciplinary engineering. While at Eastman, he was a student of David Higgs and studied improvisation under William Porter.
As a performer, Ortloff has excelled as a young theater organist, winning the American Theatre Organ Society’s (ATOS) 2008 Young Theatre Organist Competition, and since performing for theater organ groups throughout the United States and Canada, including programs at three national conventions of the ATOS.
He has two recordings to his credit, “Clang Clang Clang” recorded in 2009, and “Roll Out the Big Guns,” recorded live in 2010. Both albums feature drummer Allan Ward.
His scholarly interests, mainly in the fields of organ history and preservation, have led to publication in The American Organist, Theatre Organ, The Diapason, and The Tracker. He is a member of the Organ Historical Society’s Publications Governing Board.
Ortloff is currently employed by Spencer Organ Co. of Waltham, Massachusetts, having served a nine-year apprenticeship with Russell & Company Organ Builders of Chester, Vermont. He makes his home in Boston, spending his free time skiing, hiking, and paddling the mountains and streams of New England.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online at

Ballroom dance party
Ballroom dance parties will be offered on the first and third Saturday of every month from 7 to 10 p.m. in the dance studio of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Tom Larson will offer a dance lesson during the first hour. The samba and west coast swing will be featured on March 1 along with a live band, and the tango and cha cha will be taught on March 15. This is an opportunity to have fun trying out new dance skills in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Admission is $15 per person with a live band or $12 per person with a DJ.
Larson has taught at The Phipps since 2003 and owns the Ballroom and Wedding Dance Studio in Minneapolis. He performed for five seasons with The Continental Ballet Company.
For further information, contact The Phipps Center at 715.386.2305.

Northen Gael performs for St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Laura MacKenzie (wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, various bagpipes, and voice), Ross Sutter (voice, guitar, bodhrán, and button accordion), and Danielle Enblom (fiddler and sean-nós dancer) on Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
All members of Northern Gael have learned the arts of Irish and Scottish music and dance from noted tradition-bearers on both sides of the Atlantic, and continue to build their skills, repertoire, and collaborations.
In concert, Northern Gael weaves together the vibrant traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and Nova Scotia. From trio performances of beautiful ballads to vigorous sets of dance tunes and nimble steps, Northern Gael presents a lively, genuine, and well informed concert program.
Tickets are $24 and $17 for students of all ages. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online

Theater classes
Theater classes for students in grades 1 – 6 will be offered on four Saturday mornings, April 5, 12, 26, and May 3, at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.  There will be no classes Easter weekend.
“Mother Goose on the Loose!” for students in grades 1 – 3 will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn the basics of creative dramatics through movement, voice, and their active imaginations. Using the familiar fairy tales of Mother Goose as source material, young actors will create their own unique story based on these adventures. The final class will include a presentation of skills learned. The fee is $42.
“Mental Floss Improv Class” for students in grades 4 – 6 will be offered from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. This energetic class will lead students through the controlled-chaos world of improvisation. Participants will learn the basics of storytelling through theater games and explore the use of movement and voice to create distinctive characters. Young actors will be guided to develop their own unique story. The final class will include a presentation of skills learned. The fee is $52.
Instructor Charles Fraser has taught a broad range of theater disciplines in elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States as part of the Guthrie on Tour as well as the Guthrie’s Schools on Stage, summer conferences, summer camps, Target Play Dates, Guthrie in the Parks, sampler classes, residencies, and corporate workshops. Additionally, he is a teaching artist with Upstream Arts, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Avalon Charter School, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Saint Louis Park High School, and he is an adjunct professor of theater at Concordia University. As an actor, he has worked for the Guthrie Theater, Jungle Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Minnesota Shakespeare Project, Playwrights’ Center, Brave New Workshop, Illusion Theater, and Disney Cruise Line.
Registrations may be made by mailing the fee(s) to The Phipps Center, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016. Enrollments may also be made by calling 715.386.2305 or going online to and charging the fee to Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. A $5 processing fee will be charged to all phone, mail, and online orders.

Exhibitions by local artists
A series of exhibitions featuring mixed media drawings by Nancy Carlson (Minnetonka), digital photography by Ron Germundson (St. Paul) and Jamie Heiden (Holmen, Wis.), pastel and charcoal on paper by Don Palmgren (St. Paul), photography and sculpture by Areca Roe (Minneapolis), mosaic sculpture by Patty Carmody Smith (Minneapolis), wood-fired stoneware by Zac Spates (Hudson), and metal sculpture by Asia Ward (Minneapolis) will be on view through March 16, in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Palmgren, of St. Paul’s District Del Sol, received his BA in humanities from Augustana College (Rock Island, Illinois) in 1960, his MDiv from Lutheran School of Theology (Chicago) in 1964, and his MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) in 1971. He is professor emeritus of art and art history at Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minnesota), where he taught drawing and photography for 31 years. Palmgren also writes prose and poetry, and includes many writers among his influences.
Palmgren writes, “My work is about discovering the mystery, even the numinous, in the ordinary. A dog is more than a dog. My dog even barks at stars! I began using pastels in 1987 because they worked so much like charcoal, which had been my favorite medium, and there were no solvents to make me ill. Now it’s just the dust which gets into my eyes and lungs. But of course, it’s all for ART.”
Palmgren’s work has been shown in invited solo shows at Hillstrom Museum of Art, Gustavus Adolphus College (2007), and John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California (2006, 2003). It is in the permanent collections of 3M, Cargill, H.B. Fuller, St. John’s University, and Hillstrom Museum of Art.
Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters.
The Phipps is located 15 miles east of St. Paul.  Take Hudson Exit 1 off I-94, Hwy 35 North, and turn west on Locust Street.
For further information, contact Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director, at 715.386.2305, ext. 103.

Compiled by Avery Cropp at [email protected]