Normandale Theatre Department Opens 2017-18 Theatre Season with Picnic on October 11

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Normandale Community College Theatre Department will have four performances as part of the 2017-18 season.

The 2017-18 theatre season begins with Picnic running on October 11-14, 2017 in the Premanand Fine Arts Theatre.

Picnic's plot sees a quiet Labor Day in the backyards of a small Kansas town disrupted by the arrival of young Hal Carter, a whirlwind of charm and trouble, who is visiting his fraternity brother for the weekend. In a place defined by its fragile hopes for the future, Hal's energy cracks open new possibilities for those he encounters. By the time the weekend is over, lives are changed and hearts are broken for the tough, genuine, and vulnerable townspeople left behind. At times beautiful and brutal, Picnic explores the longing, desire, and oppression of mid-century Midwestern life. 

The other production in the fall semester is She Kills Monsters, which runs from November 29-December 2, 2017 in the Premanand Fine Arts Theatre.

During the spring semester, the Theatre Department will present Steel Magnolias and Spring Awakening. Steel Magnolias will run on February 22-24, 2018 in the Black Box Theatre, while Spring Awakening runs from April 18-21 and 25-28, 2018 at the Premanand Fine Arts Theatre.

Adult admission is $10, while senior/staff/student tickets will be $5. Season tickets are available for a discount. Please call 952-358-8884 to make reservations or email at

The following are descriptions of other three performances that will take place during the 2017-18 academic year:

She Kills Monsters: When conventional Agnes Evans loses her younger sister, Tilly, in a car crash, she must confront the fact that she knew precious little about her eccentric sibling. Filled with guilt, Agnes discovers Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, which sends her on a journey into her sister's lively imagination. In Tilly's world, Agnes must confront not only the monsters of the game, but also those of her own making. A fantastical celebration of geekdom, She Kills Monsters is an action-packed comedy with heart.

Steel Magnolias: In a popular beauty salon in Louisiana, sassy Truvy and her nervous assistant Annelle tend to a colorful batch of clientele, including a pair of wealthy eccentrics with night and day personalities, a supportive but concerned mother, and a spirited daughter who longs to begin the next chapter of her life. The women trade advice, snappy comebacks, and lots of laughs, but the strength and beauty of their friendship is revealed when one of their own experiences a devastating loss. Inspired by the playwright's own family tragedy, Steel Magnolias is a heartfelt tribute to the connections that bring us comfort, smiles, and laughter in the face of life's ups and downs.

Spring Awakening: In a 19th century German village, a group of students ask too many questions, make huge mistakes, and force the adults in their lives to reexamine the things they teach. Exploring morality while embracing sexuality proves to be a balancing act for the town's young people, as they embark on the same timeless journey from adolescence to adulthood as those who came before them. Based on the 1891 novel by Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening is a rock musical that uses a driving and unforgettable score to celebrate discovery, rebellion, and finding one's own way.