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Red Wing Minnesota 2760 North Service Drive / P.O. Box 15 55066

Although we all have reset our annual timetables, the Sheldon Theatre rounds out the second-half of its theatrical calendar with show-stopping performances -- easy to please any generation, no matter what year.

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The eclectic blend of talent includes annual artists with the classic spring sounds of the Red Wing Singers to new performances like the Illusion Theater's Ivey Award winning adaptation of "My Antonia."

The lineup mimics the first half of a successful season's strive of "appealing to all audiences, all people and all prices," says Executive Director Sean Dowse.

Making a serious effort to program performances with more attractiveness to a wider range of people, Dowse feathered the first half with popular acts including comedian Paula Poundstone to the famed underground Minneapolis-based hip-hop group of Doomtree, while still supporting local art through shows like the Sheldon Brass Band's holiday bash.

"Many people would not expect to see some of the type of shows we booked perform in a place like this," Dowse said of the Sheldon, "but we are attracting new folks."

Unofficial attendance numbers in 2011 prove that success. With 88 shows from Jan. 1 to Nov., 30, attendance numbers totaled to 20,878 - compare that same time frame to 2010's 17,792 total.

The theater also had December performances.

"This is good," Dowse said of the boost in numbers, "and different."

Looking forward at the second-half of the stage season, Dowse said the focus stays consistent. "We programmed a wide variety with larger appeal" he said.

From Grammy-nominated bluegrass duo of Dailey and Vincent to sense-altering sounds of Mu Daiko, the state's foremost taiko drumming ensemble, shows offer new experiences to a broad range of musical tastes.

Another staple to the 2011-12 season for Dowse is "keeping shows that people love."

Look for the favored Phoenix Theatre artisans' new move on Harper Lee's classic "To Kill a Mockingbird." The four-day performance schedule is "bound to have a wide audience," Dowse added.

An annual performance from the James Sewell Ballet will incorporate local dance group participation and a clever interactive-audience show, he promised.

The always highly anticipated Red Wing High School musical concludes the season and will shake up the stage with "All Shook Up" -- a performance based on the music of Elvis Presley.

Auditions for the spring fling will be held Wednesday Jan. 18.

With several options to choose from, Dowse hopes this second-half appeals to everyone, even movie-lovers.

"I'm excited for 'Gone With the Wind,'" Dowse said with a laugh.

Season at a glance

All performances are at the Sheldon Theatre, 443 W. Third St., unless otherwise noted. For more information call 651-388-8700 or 800-899-5759, or visit www.sheldontheatre. org.

"The Jungle Book"

Missoula Children's Theatre production of the kid-friendly "The Jungle Book" based on Rudyard Kipling's work.

When: Saturday Jan. 14 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Cost: $10 adults, $6 students

"Gone With the Wind"

A showing of the 1931 famous film starring Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh.

When: Saturday Jan. 21 at 4 p.m.

Cost: $5

Dailey and Vincent

The most heralded new act in bluegrass Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent. They received a Grammy nomination in 2010 for "Elizabeth".

When: Sunday Jan. 22 at 2 p.m.

Cost: $25 adults, $15 students

"The Tortoise Versus the Hare"

Missoula Children's Theatre production of the greatest race, "The Tortoise Versus the Hare."

When: Jan. 28 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Cost: $10 adults, $6 students

Winter Dance Party

A Buddy Holly Tribute. Join the Red Wing National Guard Armory for a Buddy Holly tribute dance just like they did in the 1950s. Dance away the evening with "Buddy" (Jimmy Stanley from the UK band Stayin' Alive) and the Red Wing "Crickets" or just sit back and enjoy the music.

When: Friday Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.

Where: Red Wing National Guard Armory, 885 East Seventh St.

Cost: $15 advance, $20 at the door

Leo Kottke

Innovative acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke will perform.

When: Saturday Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $25 adults, $15 students

"My Antonia"

The Illusion Theater presents the Ivey Award-winning adaptation of "My Antonia." A story of the land and the people who came to settle the Great Plains, Willa Cather's "My Antonia" is also the story of a life-long friendship.

When: Saturday Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $25 adults, $15 students

Arts Alive

The annual celebration of youth arts.

When: Friday Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., Saturday Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.

Cost: $13 adults, $10 students

Hanayui Tour

Mu Performing Arts presents Mu Daiko, Minnesota's foremost taiko drumming ensemble in its 15th anniversary concert.

When: Saturday Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $15 adults, $9 students

"To Kill a Mockingbird"

The Phoenix Theatre invites you to this classic play set in Alabama during the Great Depression.

When: March 15-17 at 7 p.m., Sunday March 18 at 2 p.m.

Cost: $18 adults, $11 students

The Circle of Life

Red Wing Singers present The Circle of Life concert.

When: Saturday March 24 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Cost: $15 adults, $9 students

Sister's Easter Extravaganza

Late Nite Catechism's presents Sister's Easter Extravaganza. Celebrate the season with Sister as she answers time worn questions of the season such as "Why isn't Easter the same day every year like Christmas?" and "Will my bunny go to heaven?"

When: Saturday March 31 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $28 adults, $17 students

Sirens of the 1960s

The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade perform "Sirens of the 60s." Colleen Raye, Debbie O'Keefe and Katie Gearty bring their talents to the stage to perform classic 1960s tunes from the female artists of the era an evening of exceptionally groovy entertainment.

When: Saturday April 7 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Cost: $19 adults, $11 students

Variety Showcase

Performances from the Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical students and staff.

When: Saturday April 14 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $12 adults, $7 students

Sheldon Theatre Brass Band Concert

The brass band will perform its annual spring show.

When: Saturday April 21 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $15 adults, $8 students

James Sewell Ballet

The Twin Cities-based troupe combines modern dance and classic ballet.

When: Saturday April 28 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $15 adults, $9 students

Red Wing High School Musical

When: May 10-12 at 7 p.m., Sunday May 13 at 2 p.m.

Cost: $20 adults, $12 students

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