Sod House Theater Workshops and Performances

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Sod House Theater, a site specific Twin Cities-based theater company, will be bringing six professional performers known for their work on the stages of Minneapolis’ Guthrie, Children’s Theater, and Ten Thousand Things to teach free theater classes for Lake Benton area performers age 15 and older. Workshop classes will focus on creating a character through techniques such as physical comedy, clowning, mask, and improvisation. All participants in the weeknight classes (7:00 pm, Creamery Park, Lake Benton, August 13-15 and August 18-20) will be given a speaking role in a site-specific production of Peer Gynt, a magical Norwegian tale for the whole family to enjoy. Master classes (listed below) are available on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17.  For more information contact Darcey Engen at

Thursday, August 21, 7:00 pm, Creamery Park
Friday, August 22, 7:00 pm, Creamery Park

Peer Gynt is a magical Norwegian fairytale written by Henrik Ibsen that was first performed in 1876 and is one of the most widely performed Norwegian plays. It tells the story of Peer Gynt as he encounters real and imaginary worlds in his life’s journey. Sod House Theater has reconceived the story and turned it into a 90-minute magical comedy for the whole family to enjoy. This is a free event for the whole family. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy!  Featuring Twin Cities talent: Sarah Agnew, Jason Ballweber, Darcey Engen, Elise Langer, Luverne Seifert, and Dario Tangelson, along with Lake Benton area community performers.

Saturday, August 16, 9-11:00 am
Practice being funny on your feet by participating in exercises that will strengthen your improvisation skills!

Performing Mask
Saturday, August 16, 12:30-2:30 pm
Learn how to be physically alive on stage by performing in a mask. It’s hard when you can’t use your face to express emotions!

The Audition
Saturday, August 16, 3:30-5:30 pm
Learn the basic principles of how to audition! Bring an audition piece to work with or just come to learn what you need to audition.

Sunday, August 17, 12-2:00 pm
Have you ever been told to be louder on stage? Or do you lose your voice because you don’t speak from your diaphragm? We have the cure for you! Learn how to relax and let your breath do the work!

Scene Study
Sunday, August 17, 3:00-5:00 pm
Dig deep into text-based acting that will make you a more honest and engaging performer!

Sod House Theater was founded by Darcey Engen, performer and Chair of the Theater Arts Program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis and Luverne Seifert, professional actor/director in the Twin Cities and Head of the B.A. Theatre Performance program at the University of Minnesota. It is a site specific, Twin Cities-based Theater Company that travels throughout greater Minnesota with a team of professional artists to work with communities to produce classic and relevant works of theater. This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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