Library partners with Lyric Arts for Page and Stage

Anoka County Library, in partnership with the Lyric Arts Theater, will offer a Page and Stage experience Sunday, Jan. 20, beginning at noon at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, 420 E. Main St. in Anoka.

Participants will take a closer look at the comedy “Becky’s New Car,” written by Steven Dietz and directed by Robert Neu.

Becky is a mid-American housewife who is fed up with her mundane and predictable life. She doesn’t have it half bad, but she feels there has to be more to life.

Things quickly change when her daily routine of working at a car dealership is flipped upside down. Enter a socially inept millionaire and the next thing you know, Becky has stumbled into an affair and a double life.

“We are fortunate to have a community asset such as Lyric Arts Theater and we are grateful for their willingness to work with Anoka County Library to give patrons this unique perspective of this quirky comedy,” said Anoka County Commissioner Dan Erhart.

Comedy, while enjoyable for the audience, can often be challenging for performers, according to Anoka County Library Board Vice President Cathy Montain.

“Learn more about comedy straight from the actors and the director,” Montain said.

The program is open to ages 15 and older.

Registration is required and seating is limited. To reserve a spot, contact the Main Street Box Office at 763-433-2510 extension 101 and mention the Anoka County Library “Becky’s New Car” Page and Stage program.

Participants must register by Jan. 11 and are expected to take part in all aspects of the program, including pre-show and post-show discussions.

Once registered, participants will receive a copy of the script and a study guide to prepare for the pre-show discussion.

Cristopher Tibbetts will facilitate the discussion of the script, its characters and “what to look for” in the performance.

Tibbetts has directed “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Visitor from Hollywood” at Lyric Arts, and has worked as a director, actor, playwright and performance teacher at theaters and schools across the country.

Participants will see the performance of “Becky’s New Car” and then stay for a post-show discussion where the cast and director hold a question and answer session with the audience.

To register for this free event, call 763-433-2510, extension 101.

It is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information about Lyric Arts Theater, visit lyricarts.org. For more information about this program and Anoka County Library, visit anokacountylibrary.org.

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