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Sheldon prepares for season of alchemy

Bonnie Schock, the Sheldon's executive director, presents the 2019-2020 line-up during the season announcement party. Photo by Rachel Fergus / RiverTown Multimedia.

Red Wing residents packed the Sheldon Theatre's main floor on Wednesday, May 22, to get a sneak peek of everything coming to the Sheldon starting this fall.

Once hors d'oeuvres by Blu Dog were consumed and community members meandered from the lobby to their seats, Sheldon Executive Director Bonnie Schock began introducing Red Wing to the acts and artists that will perform during the theatre's 2019-2020 season.

A theme of the night was "alchemy," or chemistry. Schock told the crowd:

"The moment you arrive you know there's something truly special going on. It's a rare kind of alchemy, really. All of the individual ingredients are there. There's small town hospitality and a warm welcome with a smile, world class artists from near and far in harmony with passionate, local creators."

The blend of the near and far, world class and locally loved, was heard in the audience's reactions to groups being announced. The crowd cheered and whistled for Minnesota-based artists as well as Grammy winners and nationally known names such as Aaron Neville.

For more information about the upcoming season or the Sheldon Theatre, visit: www.sheldontheatre.org.

The schedule

Sept. 20

Sheldon House Party with Tina and the B-sides

Sept. 27

Silent film: Buster Keaton in "The General"

Sept. 28 

MN Music surprise; name will be released on July 14.

Oct. 4 

Tom Papa

Oct. 5 

An Evening with Aaron Neville

Oct. 12

Davina and The Vagabonds

Oct. 18 

Caravan du Nord

Oct. 19 

Croce Plays Croce

Oct. 25 

Gina Chavez

Oct. 31 

Silent film: "Phantom of the Opera"

Nov. 2 

Max Weinberg's Jukebox

Nov. 8-10 

Phoenix Theatre presents "Steel Magnolias"

Nov. 14 

TheatreWorks USA presents "Rosie Revere" and "Engineer & Friends"

Nov. 15-17 

Ten Thousand Things Theatre presents "The Winter's Tale"

Nov. 22 

The Reminders

Nov. 23

BoDeans

Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 

Sheldon Theatre Brass Band

Dec. 6 

Cherish the Ladies

Dec. 8 

M-Pact

Dec. 13 

The Platters

Dec. 20

Continental Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"

Dec. 28 

C. Willi Myles

Dec. 31 

Monroe Crossing

Jan. 11 

Missoula Children's Theatre

Jan. 23-26 

Red Wing High School musical

Feb. 1 

Leo Kottke

Feb. 7 and 8 

Monica Bill Barnes & Company presents "Happy Hour"

Feb. 9 

Minnesota Sinfonia

Feb. 11 

TheatreWorks USA presents "Magic School Bus"

Feb. 14 

The Second City

Feb. 23 

The Golden Dragon Acrobats

Feb. 29 

Aby Wolf - "Champagne Confetti"

March 6 

Travelin' McCourys

March 13 

L.A. Theater Works presents "Seven"

March 20 

Trinity Irish Dance Company

March 27-29 

Phoenix Theatre presents "Backstage Briefs"

April 3 

Strings, Winds and Brass Showcase

April 4 

The New Standards and guests present "Score!"

April 17 and 18 

Air Play

April 24 

Triple Espresso

April 25 

Sheldon Theatre Brass Band

May 2 

Rumours and Dreams

May 9 

Ragamala Dance Company presents "Sacred Earth"

May 16 

Dan Wilson - "Words and Music"