Wednesday, April 11, 2012

ORDWAY SPECIAL OFFER: The Addams Family Only $35 a Ticket!

Come meet the family. We'll leave the lights off for you.
Tickets for The Addams Family only $35 dollars* plus fees
Good at May 8-10 performances!

BUY NOW with the Ordway's Friends and Family Special Offer!

The Addams Family is a smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning director/designers Phelim McDermott & Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with creative consultation by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks.

Chris Jones from the Chicago Tribune calls this show a “Classic, full-tilt, fast paced, old-fashioned musical comedy!”

*Offer not good on previously purchased tickets. Excludes scale 4. Limit 4 per order.  Subject to availability.

The Addams Family runs May 8th-May 20th in the Ordway Music Theatre.

Monday, April 9, 2012

U.S. Senator Al Franken Launches Poetry Contest - Entries due by April 16, 2012

Senator Franken has recently announced, in recognition of the Month of the Military Child and National Poetry Month in April, that he is hosting a poetry contest for children of military families in Minnesota.
 “Being part of a military family isn’t easy,”  said Sen. Franken. “With this poetry contest, I hope to not only recognize the extraordinary work of men and women serving across the world, but also their children, who sacrifice so much when a parent is called away.”

The contest is open to all school-age children of military families in Minnesota.  The three age categories are 1) Kindergarten to sixth grade;  2) Seventh to ninth grades; and 3) 10th to 12th grades. Winners from each category will receive an invitation to attend a reception at Sen. Franken’s St. Paul office to meet the senator and his wife, Franni.  Top winning poems in each category will be framed and displayed in Sen. Franken’s offices in St. Paul and Washington, D.C. The overall winner will receive an autographed book by famed Minnesota author Garrison Keillor.

For entrance in Sen. Franken’s poetry contest, please submit a poem by April 16, 2012 to or by mail to:

Office of Sen. Al Franken, c/o ‘Poetry Contest’, 60 Plato Boulevard East, Suite 220, St. Paul, MN 55107

Participants may only submit one entry, no longer than 300 words. Each entry must include the child's name, the parent/guardian’s name, a phone number and home address, and the name of the child’s school. Please clearly indicate participant’s age category.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

2012 Honors Concert on the Horizon

The 2012 Honors Concert celebrating Saint Paul Public School Students is on April 24th at the Ordway!

The performance begins at 7PM in the Ordway Music Theatre with a World Party in the Marzitelli Foyer from 6-6:45PM.

Photo by Smitty
This is the 21st year the Ordway has hosted the concert, the performance combines Band, Orchestra and Choir made up of St. Paul Public School students in an effort to recognize their superior skills in the performing and visual arts.

Photo by Smitty
Tickets are $5.00 and are general admission, come and support arts education in St. Paul!
An Art Exhibition at the College of Visual Arts Gallery will also be held May 25th-June 2nd.

Links found between Arts Involvement and Academic Achievement

Check out this article in the Pacific Standard (formerly Miller-Mccune) about new findings showing that students that have higher involvement in the arts have higher success rates and many end up attending competitive colleges. Note that this is not necessarily a cause and effect relationship but the data is still something to consider.

Arts Involvement Narrows Student Achievement Gap by Tom Jacobs

Do you think there is a correlation between arts education and the narrowing of the acheivment gap? What Ordway programs do you think would help encourage this trend?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Last Chance Auditon For Ordway Triple Threat Training Program - April 5, 2012!

The Ordway will be offering one more opportunity for students to audition for it Summer Musical Theater Intensive: Triple Threat Training on Thursday, April 5, 2012! 
Audition Information

Date:      April 5th, 2012 from 4:15-6:00pm

Where:   Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts – 1st floor Lowry Building 
                          350 Saint Peter Street, Saint Paul, MN – Please enter through doors 
                          between Pazzaluna and Details Salon

Please call  651-282-3135 to book an audition.  Audition times will be assigned by appointment only. 

Audition requirements:
·         Complete an Audition Application and Declaration
·         Prepare a one minute monologue, 32 bars of an upbeat musical theatre song and a short dance combination of 4 counts of 8.  Applicants are required to bring sheet music. Accompanist will be provided.
QUESTIONS? Contact Erin Matteson at 651-282-3135 or

For more information and to download the brochure with application, visit