‘Las Hermanas Padilla’ heads to Kennedy Center

Before taking the show on the road, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Theater Department presents its Kennedy Center-bound production of “Las Hermanas Padilla” at the Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center. Curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. this evening (Friday, Jan. 17) and the public is invited to attend and help support the touring production.

The cast rehearses for Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s award-winning production of “Las Hermanas Padilla” on stage at the Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center, Jan. 17.

The cast rehearses for Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s award-winning production of “Las Hermanas Padilla” on stage at the Coon Rapids Campus Performing Arts Center, Jan. 17.Photo submitted

After its hometown performance, the theater department takes “Las Hermanas Padilla” to the Region 5 Kennedy Center festival in Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 19-25.

More than 1,500 students and faculty from 84 two- and four-year college programs in seven states are expected to attend.

Tickets for the Coon Rapids performance are $8 in advance at the college bookstore, online at webs.AnokaRamsey.edu/theatre, or at the door one hour prior to the performance.

All ticket proceeds from that performance will be used to help defer transportation costs to the festival in Nebraska.

‘Las Hermanas Padilla’

“Las Hermanas Padilla” follows the story of 10 sisters-in-law living near each other in a remote area. Each sister has a husband fighting in one of the nameless wars currently raging around the world and daily must strive to embrace the family left to face war’s consequences.

Music, magic and comedy are included to make this play an inspirational story of hope.

After returning back home from the Kennedy Center festival, Anoka-Ramsey theater troupe will perform “Las Hermanas Padilla” Jan. 30 at St. Francis High School.

Those high school students will shadow Anoka-Ramsey students to learn what is involved in setting up a touring production.

But just prior to the St. Francis post-Kennedy Center performance, the play will be presented Jan. 29 at Capris Theater in North Minneapolis as part of a collaboration with the Children’s Theater Company and the Plymouth Christian Youth Center Arts and Technical High School.

For more information about the theater program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, visit AnokaRamsey.edu.

Sue Austreng is at
sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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