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The Heartland Marimba Quartet will perform Oct. 19 at The Zephyr Theatre. (Submitted photo)

Little orphan Annie once again will charm her way into the hearts of audience members when “Annie KIDS,” presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI), is staged at The Zephyr Theatre this month.

But while the plucky little redhead may be the star of the show, there’s another coveted role in this production — Sandy the dog, who even gets to sing along on the familiar tune “Tomorrow.”

Annie, Sandy and the rest of the cast in this ambitious production will be portrayed by 32 youngsters ages 8 to 11. They are all members of The Zephyr Children’s Theatre, a 3-year-old performance program.

“We really believe in the kids and what they can do,” said Cassidy Hall, director of The Zephyr Children’s Theatre. “The program has a strong reputation for having high expectations of the young singers, dancers, and actors while always encouraging and focusing on each child’s individual growth.”

“Annie KIDS” will be presented at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, and Wednesday, Oct. 9, at The Zephyr Theatre, 601 Main St. N., Stillwater. Tickets are $10, $6 for students, and free for ages 4 and younger and are available at stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org/2019/09/annie-kids/ or 651-342-1542.

Halloween Masquerade Ball

Costume lovers, are you glamorous or ghoulish, historical or hysterical? Show off your favorite attire at the second annual Halloween Masquerade Ball at The Zephyr Theatre in Stillwater.

This 21-and-older fund-raising event will include music, entertainment, appetizers, cocktails, a costume contest, and a hair-raising ride on the Stillwater Haunted History Trolley Tour.

The fundraiser will help sustain and grow The Zephyr as a professional theatre company that presents plays, concerts, visual arts, literary arts, and other performance events on two on-site stages.

The ball will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 26, at The Zephyr Theatre, 601 Main St. N., Stillwater. Tickets are $65 and are available at stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org/2019/09/halloween-masquerade-ball-saturday-october-26th-2019/ or 651-342-1542. (When booking tickets for the Masquerade Ball, be sure to choose your trolley tour time.)

Take a ride, if you dare

Ghost-story fans will have several chances in October to wallow in Stillwater’s spooky past during Haunted History Trolley Tours.

Produced by Wahoo! Adventures in collaboration with The Zephyr Theatre, these tours put riders face to face with creepy, costumed storytellers.

The trolley will be waiting Oct. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, and 25 at The Zephyr Theatre, 601 Main St. N., Stillwater. Tickets are $40 and are available at stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org/2019/09/haunted-history-trolley-tours-2019/ or 651-342-1542.

Concerts

Claude Bourbon, International Guitarist

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.

Bourbon will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at The Zephyr Theatre, 601 Main St. N., Stillwater. Tickets are $25 and are available at stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org or 651-342-1542.

Heartland Marimba Quartet

The Heartland Marimba Quartet is North America’s premiere marimba quartet and the primary performing ensemble of Heartland Marimba, an organization dedicated to developing and disseminating the classical marimba art form in academic and community contexts.

The Heartland Marimba Quartet will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at The Zephyr Theatre, 601 Main St. N., Stillwater. Tickets are $25 and $18 (students) and are available at stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org or 651-342-1542.

Tonic Sol-fa

Tonic Sol-fa is a ground-breaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota, in constant development since their formation two decades ago. TSF stands as one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music with Emmy Award-winning arrangements and multimillion-selling compositions. The Zephyr performance will feature a sampling of holiday song previews.

Tonic Sol-fa will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at The Zephyr Theatre, 601 Main St. N., Stillwater. Tickets are $25 and $45 (VIP) and are available at stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org or 651-342-1542.

New sustaining membership options

When Zephyr supporters become sustaining members of the theatre by committing to a monthly donation of any amount, they will receive member benefits.

Sustaining members provide year-round support that contributes to the theatre’s cash flow and financial stability. That support allows The Zephyr to continue creating new programs, productions, and opportunities.

All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, visit stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org/sustaining or call 651-342-1542.

Commemorative bricks options

The Zephyr Theatre is also continuing its “Of Bricks, Pavers, and Tiles” donation option. Supporters may purchase $1,000 custom-engraved bricks for the grand vestibule wall of donors to be built at the entrance of the planned auditorium addition.

Also available for purchase are custom-engraved walkway and porte-cochere entry pavers ($350 to $750) and custom-engraved floor tiles for the bar and planned bakery ($500 or $1,500).

For more information, visit stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org/bricks or call 651-342-1542.

Fund-raising goals

The Zephyr Theatre is raising funds to build a 330-seat auditorium onto the north end of its site and to renovate the existing space, including the addition of a bakery that will supply house-made desserts at productions. In addition, cash flow is needed to support ongoing operations.

The professional theatre company presents plays, concerts, visual arts, literary arts, and other performance events on two on-site stages.

Volunteers wanted

The Zephyr Theatre welcomes volunteers for a wide range of tasks to help with performances, events, and other operations. For more information about becoming involved with The Zephyr Theatre’s community of volunteers, send an email to volunteer@stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org.

Theatre rental

The Zephyr Theatre is available for site rental by outside organizations that want to present performances and events. To make an appointment or for more information, contact Carol Hall at carol@stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org.

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