“The Zephyr is a special place in the valley that allows youth to come to a welcoming place where they can express and grow in their creativity,” says Zephyr Young Actors Theatre Director Cassidy Hall.
“The arts are vital in the lives of these students, helping them to find a unique identity, build their confidence, and use their voices to move audiences and listeners while creating platforms and conversations for the future.”
The Zephyr leads theatre arts classes and performances held at the elementary schools of Lily Lake, Rutherford, and Stonebridge, in Stillwater; Afton-Lakeland in Lakeland; Andersen Elementary in Bayport; Brookview in Woodbury; Lake Elmo; New Life Academy in Woodbury (lower and middle school); River Grove in Marine on St. Croix; and the Faith Christian Home Educators cooperative, based in St. Paul.
Hall directs both Zephyr Young Actors Theatre productions for the community-at-large and the Zephyr theatre program in schools. She has worked as the director for ACT Theater in the South Saint Paul branch of the TriDistrict Community Education Program, and has performed at The Zephyr Theatre, Phipps Center for the Arts, CB Productions, Stillwater Community Theatre, Woodbury Community Theatre, and various companies in the Twin Cities. She has also worked backstage for many productions as stage manager, director’s assistant, deck captain, light/sound board operator, and prop master. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with degrees in Creative Writing, Music, and Musical Theatre, and is trained in acting, singing, and dance, including ballroom, jazz, contemporary, and tap.
In addition to theatre arts in schools, The Zephyr offers classes to the public for all ages at its studio in the Brick Alley Building, 421 S. Main St., Suite 421D, in Stillwater.
The Zephyr’s production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” will be staged at Stillwater Area High School, 5701 Stillwater Blvd. N., June 27 and 28, at 6 p.m,, and June 29 and 30, at 1 and 6 p.m. A musical based on the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen, a mermaid dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 5 and younger.
Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” will be staged at Bayport Marina, 200 5th Ave. S., Thursdays-Sundays, June 20-23 and June 27-30, at 7:30 p.m. on all dates. This slapstick play is the story of two sets of identical twin brothers accidentally separated at birth. Mistaken identities ensue, leading to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, and madness. Tickets are $18 to $45.
“A Streetcar Named Desire” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company, at The Zephyr Theatre, three weekends July 19-Aug. 4. Friday shows are at 7:30 p.m., Saturday shows are at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m. Two Thursday shows will be held July 25 and Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. This classic drama by Tennessee Williams centers around a heart-broken southern belle who seeks refuge with her sister and brother-in-law in a New Orleans tenement. The play is being directed for The Zephyr by Peter Moore, an acclaimed director and actor with numerous credits from the Guthrie Theater and others. Tickets are $18 to $45.
Tonic Sol-fa, an a cappella ska ensemble, will perform at The Zephyr Theatre Saturday, July 13, at 3 p.m. (the 7 p.m. show is sold out). This award-winning quartet tours internationally, and includes Shaun Johnson, lead vocalist; Greg Bannwarth, tenor and vocal percussionist; Theo Brown, baritone, percussionist, and vocal percussionist; and Jared Dove on bass. Tickets are $20.
“Billy & Elton: The Hits,” a tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John, will be performed at The Zephyr Theatre by internationally renowned pianist and vocalist Phil Thompson on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 3 and 7 p.m. Thompson will be joined by Scott Dorff on saxophone and Jake Hegna on bass. Tickets are $25.
The Zephyr Theatre is located at 601 Main St. N. in Stillwater. The Zephyr currently produces arts performances on two small stages on site, and is raising funds to add a 330-seat auditorium. The theatre company is a nonprofit and donations are tax-deductible. For more information or event tickets, visit stillwaterzephyrtheatre.org or call 651-342-1542.