The Blue Earth Town and Country Players are pleased to announce that they will be returning to the Lost Walleye Lodge for the 2014 Christmas Dinner Theater, when they present “How To Talk Minnesotan—The Winter Show” on Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 7, at 1 p.m., on Stage 28 in the BEA Middle School (Door N), 315 E. 6th St., in Blue Earth.
The annual event includes a delicious meal, this year with a “northwoods” twist, in addition to the two-act show. Guests will be ushered to new, more comfortable seating, where they will enjoy hot wassail before the meal is served and lovely madrigal singing during the dinner.
Folks may remember visiting the Lost Walleye Lodge in the summer of 2009, when the Players presented the original show, “How To Talk Minnesotan,” on the stage of the PAC. This year Director Nancy Steinke is pleased to announce that T&CP veterans Laurie Christensen and Dan “Boomer” Welder will be reprising their roles as Lucy and Ed Humde, the long-time proprietors of the Lost Walleye Lodge. Other cast members include Mike Ellingsen, Peter Steinke, Dianna Anderson, Sandy Guth, Lill Robinson, and Brian Roverud, with a couple of surprise appearances thrown in.
Everyone is holed up in the winterized main room or “Great Hall” of the Lodge, where Lucy is intent on holding her Minnesota Language lessons, with the assistance of Ed, her daughter Darlene, handyman Russ, and the musical stylings of the Muskie “3″ (Donny and Miller), in spite of the fact that a blizzard is bearing down on the lodge. There are laughs galore as the Humdes check the thermometer and report on the deteriorating conditions. From time to time someone turns on the radio to listen to the on-going litany of postponements, cancellations, school closings, and alerts. The gang also present zany advertisements for several local businesses who have agreed to sponsor the lessons.
“How To Talk Minnesotan—The Winter Show” has been adapted for the stage by Howard Mohr and is based on his book How To Talk Minnesotan. Drew Jansen created the music with lyrics by Drew Jansen and Howard Mohr. The show begins with the original “Welcome” song from 2009, but that’s where the musical similarities end. This production features Darlene in “Snow Angel,” Russ and Miller in “Lutefisk,” Lucy with “Northwoods Woman,” and Miller (along with everyone else) in “Minnesota Salad Serenade,” to name a few. There is even a Winter Fashion Show to make the show complete.