“Holiday Pageant”, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis, Dec. 11 – 21, 2015

The Holiday Pageant

Presented by Open Eye Figure Theatre

December 11 – 21, 2015 Written and directed by Michael Sommers
Composed and arranged by Victor Zupanc

The Holiday Pageant

Lucifer is despondent — mankind has become so base and vile that he has nothing to do. Daring to visit the Godhead, he pleads for the ‘one on high’ to do something about the situation so he can do his best work. A delightful and original retelling of the Mystery Plays and the Second Shepherds’s Play, the stage fills with angels and devils, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, and Fluffsie the lamb.

Accompanied with a community chorus and Open Eye’s house band, this year’s version will feature the original cast that played together from 2001- 2007. Look for Kevin Kling as Joseph and the Shepherd Mak, Sarah Agnew doubling as the littlest angel and Lucifer’s minion. Luverne Seifert is the lovelorn shepherd, and Sommers himself is Lucifer. Add in the next generation of performers with Liz Schachterle as Mary and Noah Sommers Haas as the shepherd boy, and Maren Ward showing up as Father Winter, and you will delight in a fresh and authentic celebration for the season complete with Christmas cookies for the entire audience.

Performance Schedule

Friday December 11 7:30 pm (Opening)
Saturday December 12 7:30 pm
Sunday December 13 2 pm
Wednesday December 16 7:30 pm
Thursday December 17 7:30 pm
Friday December 18 7:30 pm
Saturday December 19 2 pm
Saturday December 19 7:30 pm
Sunday December 20 2 pm
Sunday December 20 7:30 pm
Monday December 21 7:30 pm


$25 — General Admission
$22 — Senior (65+)
$15 — Students
$12 — Children (12 and under)

Pay-as-able option always available.

Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets (coming soon).
Reservations or pre-purchase strongly recommended.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Run time: approx. 60 minutes.

Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 East 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 874-6338 information and reservations
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“Gales of November”, Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul, November 28 & 29, 2015

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“The Thin Veil”, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis, Oct. 22 – Nov. 1, 2015

The Thin Veil: Stories and Songs of Ghosts and Hauntings

Presented by Open Eye Figure Theatre

The Thin Veil

October 22 – November 1, 2015 

Written and performed by Kevin Kling
Music by Simone Perrin, Eric Jensen, and Jacqueline Ultan
Direction and design by Michael Sommers

Master storyteller Kevin Kling presents a spine-chilling ode to the unexplained. With stories set in Minnesota and based on true accounts, Kling will explore things that go bump in our hearts and minds, what is uniquely frightening and frightens, and find common solace in what scares the wool pants off of us. Plan on being shaken, challenged, validated, and illuminated by the missives of the mind of Kevin Kling. Dante saw hell as ice? What? No. Think corn on macabre — if it’s hell then you know there’s got to be a hot dish. This latest performance by Kling at Open Eye unveils the darker side of the humorist we know and love.

Performance Schedule

Thursday October 22 7:30 pm (Opening)
Friday October 23 7:30 pm
Saturday October 24 7:30 pm
Sunday October 25 4 pm
Monday October 26 7:30 pm
Thursday October 29 7:30 pm
Friday October 30 7:30 pm
Saturday October 31 4 pm
Sunday November 1 4 pm


$25 — General Admission
$22 — Senior (65+)
$15 — Students
$12 — Children

Pay-as-able option always available.

Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets.
Reservations or pre-purchase strongly recommended.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Run time: approx. 60 minutes.

Open Eye Figure Theatre: 

506 E 24th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Free parking is available in the lot on the southeast corner of 24th Street and Portland Avenue, courtesy of Lutheran Social Services.

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“the 7 Dwarfs”, by Kevin Kling, Rarig Center, U of M, February 26 – March 8, 2015

Kevin Kling’s play, directed by Michael Sommers, spins a whimsical world brimming with invented language, fantastic antics, while musing on the wonders of community.  Set in a “post-Snow White” era, this quirky comic tale invites you to see life from the dwarfs’ perspective.  Celebrate imagination with a talented ensemble cast of U of M students!

“…witty, offbeat and unpretentious” layered with poignant charm “unlike anything you’ll find in Disney or the Brothers Grimm.” (Pioneer Press)

“Kling deals with the essences of the world’s complexity through a story of utter simplicity… so much imagination at work…triumphs through brave reach.” (StarTribune)

Run: Feb. 26-27-28 and March 5-6-7, 7:30; Sun., March 1 & 8, 2:00, 2015

Saturday, Feb. 28:  Post-show conversation with Kevin Kling & Michael Sommers

Audio Described:  Thursday, March 5 at 7:30.  Describer: TBA.

ASL-interpreted:  Friday, March 6 at 7:30.  Interpreter:  TBA

General admission.  If you need a seat near the interpreters or an accessible space, check with the U.

Location: U of M Rarig Center, Whiting Proscenium Theater, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Tix: $16, $11 U of M Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Retiree; $6 Student; general admission; phone: 612-624-2345; email:

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“Busytown”, Children’s Theatre Company, September 16 – October 26, 2014

Adapted for the stage by Kevin Kling
From the book “What Do People Do All Day?” by Richard Scarry
Music by Michael Koerner
Lyrics by Kevin Kling and Michael Koerner
Directed by Sean Graney
Choreographed by Tommy Rapley

Sing along!
Listen to four songs from Busytown the Musical and sing along at the show.
Busytown Theme
Lowly Worm
Pickle Car
Betsy Bear
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It’s all so terrifically busy and so wonderfully witty: boogie down with Huckle Cat, Mistress Mouse and the entire population of Richard Scarry’s Busytown in a cabaret-style musical of puppets and people—and Lowly Worm pops up in his apple car too! Written by local treasure Kevin Kling, Busytown takes the delightful characters to an unexpected place: a town where hustle and bustle, madcap and a hint of mayhem means full-blown fun for everyone in the family.

ASL Performance: Friday, October 10 at 7PM
AD Performance: Friday, October 10 at 7PM
Sensory Friendly Performance: Friday, October 24 at 7PM

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