At The Phipps Center for the Arts

Adam Reef, “September”, kiln fired enameled glass, 40” x 20”.

Exhibitions in The Phipps Galleries

A series of exhibitions by regional artists will be on view through July 30 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis. The Galleries feature cut wallpaper murals by Alyssa Baguss (Anoka, Minn.), mixed media constructions by Joseph Haid (Hudson, Wis.), ceramics by Angela Heida (Andover, Minn.), carved wood by Stephen Klassen (Minneapolis, Minn.), woven textiles by Lisa Marshall (New Richmond, Wis.), kiln-fired enamel glass by Adam Reef (St. Paul, Minn.), and oil on canvas by Clinton Rost (Minneapolis).

Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12 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.

Comedy ‘Play On!’ final performances

The final performances of “Play On,” a comedy by Rick Abbot, will be given on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., as well as Sunday, July 30 at 2:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

“Play On!” is the hilarious story of a theater group desperately trying to put on a play despite maddening interference from the haughty playwright, who also keeps revising the script. Anything that can go wrong does.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for students of all ages, with a $2 discount for seniors on the Sunday matinees. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409.

Champagne brunch cruise and theater packages are available for the Sunday matinee. Reservations may be made by contacting Afton-Hudson Cruise Lines at 651-436-8883 or online at AftonHouseInn.com.

Little Red Robin Hood’ July 28-30

“Little Red Robin Hood,” by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus, will be performed by area students in grades 7-9 as the culmination of a two-week theater camp on Friday, July 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30 at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

The clever Disney writing team tell a fractured tale of Robin Hood with a wild assortment of characters from well-known fairy tales. Smart, pretty, and kind, Little Red Robin Hood (Molly Weber, Hudson) must deal with the Big Bad Sheriff (Connor Hensley, Somerset) of the Naughty Hams (the Three Little Pigs – Kinsey Cannata, Mahtomedi; Ellie Johnson and Kasey Baumer, Hudson), who do the bidding of Prince John (Blake Holmes, Hudson), the vain emperor who is eager to try on his magic new suit being woven by Cinderella’s deceitful stepsisters (Claire Jacobi, Hudson, and Anna Van Rossum, Hammond). With Humpty Dumpty (Thomas Finneran-Flyckt, Hudson), Black Sheep (Arianna Mizell, Hudson), Rose Red (Kyra Will, Stillwater), and Simple Simon (Olivia Bartkey, River Falls) acting as her merry men, Little Red Robin Hood must save all the village grannies of Sherwood Forest, including her own (Clare Pearson, Hudson), an old woman who lives in a shoe (Mary Rother, Hudson), Mother Hubbard (Claire Egerstrom, River Falls), and Mother Goose herself (Jenna Lund, Hudson). Along the way, she also wins the heart of the Pied Piper (Jake Griffin, Baldwin), who’s a touring celebrity musician with an armload of different Marys as groupies (Ella Metcalf, Stillwater; Aria Woolsey and Kahea Sloan, River Falls). Other characters include Carla (Malena Siskow, Houlton), Zoe (Alex Berkley, Hudson), Chris (Lydia Wilk, Lake Elmo), Two of Spades (Margaret Nalen, Osceola), and Four of Diamonds (Faith Kalsow, Hudson).

Director Tami Provencher stages shows for The Phipps Children’s Theater, Lake Middle School, and StageCoach Theatre Arts in St. Paul, where she is also the drama teacher. In addition, she has performed and taught in schools as part of a children’s repertory company and as a theater and dance artist-in-residence in the five-state area with SteppingStone and Stages Theatres.

General admission tickets are $7 for this 50-minute production in the Black Box Theater. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online at ThePhipps.org.

Final weeks of art camp classes

Summer Art Camp runs through August 11 with classes in drawing, painting, mixed media, ceramics, fiber arts, stained glass, interior design, jewelry, and more for children ages preschool through teens at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis. For more information or to register, go to ThePhipps.org, call 715-386-2305, or stop by the center.

Classic Big Band & The Nostalgics

The Classic Big Band and the Nostalgics will perform in concert on Friday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

This popular 17-piece band led by Dan Odegaard is dedicated to preserving the original sounds of the great big bands of the swing era. The Nostalgics quartet recreates the close harmony of 1940s vocal groups such as the Modernaires, the Pied Pipers, and the Sentimentalists.

During the height of the big band era, larger vocal groups, such as the Pied Pipers, Modernaires, and Meltones, were prominent. This program will feature the original arrangements from these popular vocal groups, including “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “I’ll Never Smile Again,” “Sentimental Journey,” “My Blue Heaven,” “Bei Mir Bist du Schoen,” “Perfidia,” “I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning,” “Let’s Get Away from It All,” and “The Honeydripper.” Instrumental selections may include “In the Mood,” “Stomping at the Savoy,” “Steel Guitar Rag,” and “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

Tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for students of any age. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online at ThePhipps.org.