Weekend Arts Roundup: Nov. 14, 2013

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Dean Holt, Autumn Ness and Reed Sigmund in CTC's 2009 production of Cinderella. (Dan Norman / Children's Theatre Company)
Weekend Arts Roundup: Nov. 14, 2013
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Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jade to talk about a collaborative project between actors and military veterans, the 10-year anniversary concert of a Twin Cities dance company and a panto-style staging of Cinderella that's bawdy fun for all ages.

Veterans Play Project — Inspired by stories gathered from mor than 100 Minnesota military veterans, this new play tells the story of veterans and civilians living in a fictional small town in the Midwest. Directed by Leah Cooper, The Veterans Play Project is performed by a talented cast of 22 actors and musicians, including 15 veterans and active military personnel. The play opens Friday, Nov. 15 and continues to Nov. 24 at Base Camp at Fort Snelling.

Video from Veterans Play Project's July 10 workshop:

TU Dance — The "inspiringly athletic" TU Dance Company, led by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, opens its 10th anniversary season with this weekend concert at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis. TU Dance incorporates elements of ballet, hip hop, African dance and other styles, and this weekend's performances feature a world premiere work by New York choreographer Gregory Dolbashian.

TU Dance behind-the-scenes video:

Cinderella — This beloved story returns to the stage of the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis. Although everyone loves Cinderella, the fun of this show comes courtesy the evil stepsisters — played by Dean Holt and Reed Sigmund. Marianne says there's plenty of schadenfreude and bawdy humor for all ages in this pantomime-style (e.g. "She's hiding behind the wardrobe!") staging of the classic fairy tale. The play opened on Tuesday and continues to Jan. 5, 2014.

Cinderella trailer:

Marianne Combs joins The Current's Morning Show for the Weekend Arts Roundup every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Read about all the latest arts news at the State of the Arts blog at mprnews.org.

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