Washington County arts & leisure: Musical based on First Minnesota

  • Updated: June 22, 2013 - 2:00 PM

The Washington County Historic Courthouse will be the site of a stage musical based on the First Minnesota Infantry Regiment charge at the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War.

The free performance is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at the courthouse at 101 W. Pine St. in Stillwater.

It has been 150 years since the First Minnesota Infantry Regiment made a historic charge to the death at Gettysburg. Twin Cities theater veteran David James Carlson has written a play with music after three years of researching and creating the drama. Though the subject matter is serious, these performances are family appropriate, with songs and some scene excerpts that range from melancholy to lighthearted to dramatically intense.

On July 2, 1863, during the battle of Gettysburg, 262 Minnesotans made a sacrificial charge against 1,600 Confederate soldiers to secure higher ground for the position of Union forces. There were 215 casualties, one of the highest loss percentages for a regiment in military history.

Woodbury

Library offering a writer’s workshop

Teens and adults are invited to attend a Writers Roundtable Workshop featuring author Alice Ozma at 3 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury.

The workshop is an opportunity for aspiring writers to gather, share their work, talk about the writing process and get tips from an author.

Ozma is the author of “The Reading Promise: My Father and The Books We Shared,” the story of the 3,218 consecutive nights her father spent reading to her.

Ozma’s book was Washington County Library’s selection for the 2012 One County One Book Reading program.

Tickets on sale for ‘Music Man’

The Woodbury Community Theatre’s production of “The Music Man” will be performed July 12-14 and July 18-20 at The Loft Stage at East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive in Woodbury.

Tickets are available at www.WoodburyCommunityTheatre.org/tickets, or call 651-200-4610.

Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for high school students and younger, and free for children under 4.

Cottage Grove

Learn to fish at ‘Catch of the Day’

Catch of the Day, a free one-day event sponsored by Cottage Grove Recreation Department, MinnAqua and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, is open to anyone wanting to learn more about fishing.

–7 p.m., at Hidden Valley Pond, 70th Street and Hardwood Avenue. A limited number of poles will be available, but bring a pole if you can. Bait will be provided.

There will be live fish displays, crafts and games. No registration is required.

Washington County

Vendors are needed for County Fair

Inside and outside spots are available for vendors at the Washington County Fair, July 31-Aug. 4 at the fairgrounds at Lake Elmo.

The fair is expected to draw more than 50,000 people. Unique and new commercial vendors and food vendors are being sought.

If you are interested, go to www.washingtoncountyfair.org or contact Dorie Ostertag at 651-436-6009.

Oakdale

‘Chicago’ to hit Tartan stage

Tartan Theatre is presenting the Broadway hit “Chicago, The Musical,” on Friday, June 28 through next Sunday, June 30.

The production is part of the annual Tartan Theatre Summer Intensive Theatre Camp. The cast and crew of the show build the set, learn their lines, and prepare their music and choreography in three weeks. Camp began June 10 for the 21 cast members, and 12 crew members and have been rehearsing for eight hours each day.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students and children. Parental discretion is advised.

For tickets or information, go to www.tartantheatre.org or call 651-702-8817. Tartan Theatre is located at 828 Greenway Av. N., Oakdale.

Jim Anderson

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