From Page 1 noted actors from the stages of the Guthrie, Jungle Theater and Ten Thousand Things Theater. Arla Mae's Booyah Wagon stars Sarah Agnew, who helped create the production, as well as …
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noted actors from the stages of the Guthrie, Jungle Theater and Ten Thousand Things Theater. Arla Mae's Booyah Wagon stars Sarah Agnew, who helped create the production, as well as directing it and starring in the title role.
Seifert said Sod House is a labor of love for all involved.
“It's exciting. We travel all over the state doing different kinds of shows relating to issues going on in communities,” he said.
This year, it features outdoor venues, such as Freedom Park, where the performance “stage” overlooks The Confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers.
“We perform in non-specific venues,” said Seifert. “For instance, we had a show about old vaudeville acts. We performed that throughout the state of Minnesota in historic ballrooms.
“This year, we're really interested in this push for eating local foods. We're really trying to bring awareness to the benefits of eating locally-produced vegetables and how much fresher and better they are.”
In this show, Arla Mae is on a mission to find her “missing ingredient.”
“While she's trying to figure it out, she's discovering how fresh produce actually tastes much better in her booyah,” said Seifert.
There will be booyah sampling also, as if seeing some of the best performers in the Twin Cities isn't enough of a draw.
“There's also music in it. It's going to be a lot of fun,” said Seifert.
The Sod House family has been working hard this summer, rotating practices at performers’ homes.
“Brainstorming sessions have been a blast. It's always a lot of fun” he said.
Copies of the new Minnesota Cooks recipe book “The Farmer and the Chef: Farm-Fresh Minnesota Recipes and Stories” will be available at the performances with authors Claudine Arndt and Katie Cannon present to sign copies.
The Sod House Theater mission is “to produce innovative, joyful, interactive theater.” The group is funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Hugh J. Anderson Foundation, the Northwest Regional Arts Council and Five Wings Arts Council. The Prescott performances is free with support from the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation. Donations are accepted: $15 for adults, $5 for children, students, veterans and senior citizens.
Darcey Engen of Sod House Theater contributed to this article.
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