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September 19, 2013

News and notes: 'Puppet Problems' debuts, MSO on MPR, Bethany's busy weekend

Putting on a full-length production without a fixed venue isn't easy — but the Mankato Mosaic Theater Company is doing just that.

Mosaic is kicking off a trio of performances for "Puppet Problems," a comedic drama about foul-mouthed puppets who ruin the lives of those with whom they come in contact, at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Mankato Event Center. Performances continue 8 p.m. on Sept. 27 at the Mankato Brewery, and 8 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the What’s Up Lounge. (For more info or tickets, visit

“Puppet Problems” was written by Mitch DeDeyn and is adapted from a short play of the same name. The piece is directed by Leslie Dupree Cady.


The Mankato Symphony Orchestra was featured on last week's Regional Spotlight hosted by Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

The recording of Schubert's "String Quartet in C Major" is from a March 2013 performance that was part of MSO's chamber music series, Music on the Hill. Musicians include violinists Karen Kim, Lydia Miller and Sam Bergman, and cellists Eugena Chang and Hanno Strydom.

To listen to the performance, use this link:

Busy days at Bethany

Bethany Lutheran College is hosting a slate of upcoming fine arts events:

• BLC's Theatre Department is marking the 20th anniversary of its annual and uproarious variety show Theatre Physics by inviting back a few of its best-remembered performers.

Though instructor and producer Peter Bloedel said he's unable to elaborate without divulging surprises, he did say that more than a dozen alumni will be joining a cast of about 10 current students. Among the returning performers is a pair of long-graduated twin brothers with a juggling act that remains "one of the most memorable acts ever," Bloedel said.

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