Normandale Theatre Department and Wonderlust Productions Presents The Normandale Play Project: Look Again on May 1-4

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

The Normandale Community College Theatre Department and Wonderlust Productions will present The Normandale Play Project: Look Again production as part of the celebration of Normandale's 50th Anniversary Celebration on May 1-4, 2019. All performances will take place in the Premanand Theatre.

Opening Night is on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. There will be evening performances on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m.

Adult admission for the performance is $10, while senior/staff/student tickets will be $5. To make reservations go to www.normandale.edu/theatretickets or go directly to the reservation form. You can also call 952-358-8884 to make reservations or email at boxoffice@normandale.edu.

Normandale Theatre is opening its doors to the campus community and, in collaboration with Minneapolis-based Wonderlust Productions, creating a unique theatrical experience based on the stories of the people at Normandale.

No matter where an individual fits in the fabric of the college, the goal is to bring these voices together and create an epic new play that dramatizes the campus community's conflicts, opportunities, challenges, and triumphs. Wonderlust embraces as its mission, "to forge new ways of seeing our common experiences by creating new plays that transform the past into a better future." We will build that future, as we examine our shared history, together.

"What an inspiration this campus has been!" said Wonderlust co-Artistic Director Alan Berks. "We hope that the magical world we've created in The Normandale Play Project: Look Again reflects the diverse perspective we heard and honors the generosity, resourcefulness, and ambition of the people we met - in ways that are thought-provoking and entertaining."          

At the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year, Wonderlust interviewed, collected stories, and surveyed over 150 members of the Normandale campus community, including current students, faculty and staff.

Working together with the Normandale Theatre Department and the 41-member cast, they created a script with songs that tell a story of the Normandale campus. Rehearsals began in March 2018. This play is not a documentary but a new story that interweaves fiction with music and many of the true stories Wonderlust collected. Sometimes characters speak dialogue that comes directly from the story gathering process. The goal is to use theater magic to get at the heart of some of the challenges, obstacles, successes, and motivations that animate the campus.

"It's been an extraordinary educational experience for the students participating in this project," said Normandale Theatre Department Chair Anne Byrd. "How lucky we are to be part of a community where there exists this caliber of theatre artists to share their expertise with our students. We are truly fortunate to have Wonderlust on our campus this year."

ABOUT THE PLAY:
Deeqa is homesick, Cameron is heartsick, Deshun insists that he isn't afraid, and Anna wants to prove that she has a brain. Can they find what they need and prove themselves as they face a magical world inside Normandale? Based on true stories from members of the Normandale community and told as a unique, loose adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, The Normandale Play Project: Look Again, follows Deeqa and her friends on an epic journey toward their future.