Category Archives: Z-Theatre Community Theatre

Z-Theatre Community Theatre Meeting — 7:30 pm Monday October 17th, 2016

Z-Theatre, Zumbrota’s community theatre group, invites the public to an organizational meeting on Monday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Zumbrota Public Library. Plans for a 2017 show as well as long range goals will be discussed. Everyone, regardless of residence or past experience, is welcome.

Since 2000, Z-Theatre has been responsible for many successful productions, including Bye Bye Birdie, Hello, Dolly!, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Nunsense, Forever Plaid, Don’t Tell My Wife, and Bingo, The Winning Musical. Organizers need to know if there is continued interest in providing community theatre opportunities for our area. Everyone with any interest in participating, either on or off stage, is highly encouraged to attend. Interest and queries can also be directed to the Z-Theatre Facebook page.

Z-Theatre is a subsidiary of the Zumbrota Area Arts Council. The Zumbrota Public Library is located at 100 West Ave in Zumbrota.

The Circus of Terror — August 15-17

new-poster-circus-1000ipix-The State Theatre transforms into a circus tent the weekend of August 15 for the local premiere of

The Circus of Terror

By Luke Davidson and Jonathan Horn

Sponsored by Z-Theatre

This new farcical, musical whodunit is set during late 1929 on the site of a run-down circus in desperate need of financial assistance. The circus performers encounter numerous obstacles that prevent them from putting on a show — including a mysterious killer who is murdering the circus’ main acts. Mystery, music and comedy combine for an evening of home-grown entertainment.

7:30 PM, Friday, August 15
7:30 PM, Saturday, August 16
2:00 PM, Sunday, August 17
$5 Adults
$4 Ages 11-18
FREE ages 10 and under
Tickets are available at Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave in Zumbrota, (507-732-7616) and at the door one hour prior to showtime. All seats are general admission.
Family Friendly, but rated PG because some characters die.

Davidson approached Z-Theatre last summer with the idea of staging “Circus” at the State Theatre. As a cast member of the wildly successful 2012 production of Forever Plaid at the State Theatre, he knew it was the perfect venue for “Circus.” The show had made its debut on the Perpich Center stage just months before while Davidson was a student at the Perpich Arts High School in Golden Valley, MN. Both script and score were tweaked and polished during the preparation for the Perpich performance. Eventually what began as a just-for-fun endeavor in early 2012 became a real production in 2013. However, many local people were unable to attend the Perpich performance and both men were eager to showcase their work locally. Z-Theatre quickly recognized this as a perfect opportunity to promote local talent and agreed to financially sponsor the production. Davidson and Horn have taken on the lion’s share of all production details, with Z-Theatre providing assistance when requested. The pair commented, “We’d like to thank everyone involved in making this production possible.  It’s not every day two young playwrights from rural Minnesota get a chance to direct their own work on a real stage with a team of people just as excited as we are!” 

Coincidentally, opening night of “The Circus of Terror” falls almost exactly on the 86th anniversary of the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus train derailment in Zumbrota on August 12, 1928. That incident occurred in the early morning hours of a Sunday. Thousands of people came to the area to witness the spectacle, which included zebras, albino horses and other exotic animals grazing in the pastures of Zumbrota. When the restaurants in town ran out of food, local residents pitched in and supplied meals at the Armory for the stranded travelers. The State Theatre played host to the circus people, filling up twice for a showing of, ironically, a film called “Circus.” Of course, seating accommodations had to be made as the audience included the world’s tallest man, midgets, and the world’s fattest woman, Alice from Dallas, billed at 683 pounds. The circus later proclaimed that Zumbrota showed hospitality beyond anything they had ever experienced.

Jonathan Horn (Kenyon) wrote the music for the show.  Jonathan is currently studying at University of Northwestern—St. Paul as a double major in Music Composition and Theatre.  He has written several compositions for piano, as well as a few other instruments.  Luke Davidson (Wanamingo) is studying at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY as a Musical Theatre major.  He has written screenplays for a few short films, such as Crazy About Macy directed by Adam Jacobs.  Crazy About Macy won “Best Narrative” and “Best of the Festival” at the EDU Film Festival in Minneapolis, MN. 

The cast of “Circus” includes Jason Hanson, Justin Lewis, Cynthia Biorn, Luke Davidson, Elyce Darcy, Heather Hauser, JC Koepsell, Katie Doehling, Anna Telecky, Carrie Doehling, Izzy Telecky, Dave Davidson, and Bella McMahan.

This production is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

All shows are at Zumbrota’s Historic State Theatre, 96 East 4th Street, Zumbrota. 


Auditions! “The Circus of Terror” — June 7 and 9

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"The Circus of Terror" is an original musical-comedy-murder-mystery written by Luke Davidson and Jonathan Horn. First produced at Perpich Center for the Arts High School last May, the show has been revised and revamped for it's State Theatre debut this August.

2 pm Saturday, June 7 at Zumbrota's State Theatre, 96 E 4th Street
7:30 pm Monday, June 9 at Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave
7:30 pm Friday and Saturday, August15 & 16
2 pm Sunday, August 17
Check out Luke and Jonathan's YouTube Video: The Circus of Terror
For more information, call 507-732-5210 and leave a message. Want to help with the show? Just email and we'll keep you in the production loop.


Auditions! “Bingo, The Winning Musical” — May 22 and 24

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Auditions at the State Theatre
96 E 4th Street, Zumbrota
6:30 pm, Thursday, May 22 
9 am, Saturday, May 24 
7:30 pm July 17,18,19, 25, 26  and 2 pm Sunday, July 27

“Bingo! The Winning Musical” is an off-Broadway piece of musical theatre based on grandma’s favorite form of gambling. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competitions, love blossoms and long lost friends reunite.

The cast includes six females ages 20-60 and one adult male, all singing roles. Auditions will involve singing; participants are asked to bring a prepared song and sheet music for the accompanist or may bring their own accompanist.

Sandra Miller of Byron, Minn., will direct the production. Rehearsals begin June 2.

Community volunteers are appreciated in any aspect of the production, including set construction, costuming, stage crew, publicity, ticket sales and ushers.

The musical is presented by Z-Theatre and the Zumbrota Area Arts Council (ZAAC) by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

For more information on auditions or volunteering, email or call 507-732-5210.

More info about the show on the Samuel French website.
The State Theatre is located at 96 E. 4th St in Zumbrota.

Don’t Tell My Wife — August 23-25, 30-31, Sept 1

Don't Tell program cover artFasten your seatbelts for a sure-fire laugh-a-thon as Z-Theatre presents its newest show

Don't Tell My Wife

an original farce in two acts by Rochester playwright Joan Sween, directed by Eric Decker.

Set in an exotic themed hotel room, the action includes mistaken identities, disguises, frantic exits, hiding in closets, dives off the balcony, and extreme makeovers. Suitable for ages 13 and up.

Tickets available in Zumbrota at Busby Hardware, Crossings at Carnegie, Main Street Pharmacy and at the door.

Adults: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Students 18 and under: $8
7 pm August 23, 24, 25, 30, 31
2 pm September 1
*Meet and greet with the playwright after the August 25 performance!
DON'T TELL MY WIFE is a hotel-room farce. The action includes mistaken identities, disguises, people in closets, frantic exits, and dives off balconies.  Also two inept ladies of the evening and a 25-foot snake. Set in the theme room of a convention hotel, "Domina" and "Kitten," actually Ann Olsen and Shirley Peterson, pose as professionals in the "personal entertainment industry" in order to meet an unknown investor and open a bakery in Mason City, Iowa. Tool company executives, glamour makeovers and Girl Scout troop leaders get tossed in the mix for an evening of hilarious fun!

The Cast

Cindy Bjorn                 KITTEN
Lori Rauen                  DOMINA
Tomine Erredge          EMILY
Jennifer Ruberto         HELEN
Turi Jystad                 MS. FINSTER
Brian Adams              ARTHUR STONE
Joe Carlson                ALEX
Rob Weber                GERALD

For more information, call 507-732-5210 and leave a message.

“Don’t Tell My Wife” Auditions — June 29

Don't tell my wife audition poster

Saturday, June 29, 9 – 11 am
State Theatre Zumbrota

This year's annual Z-Theatre production is DON'T TELL MY WIFE, an original farce in two acts by Rochester playwright Joan Sween, directed by Eric Decker.

DON'T TELL MY WIFE is a hotel-room farce suitable for community theatres.  The action includes mistaken identities, disguises, people in closets, frantic exits, and dives off balconies.  Also two inept ladies of the evening and a 25-foot snake. The cast includes roles for 5 women and 3 men.

The action occurs in one room in a convention hotel.  "Domina" and "Kitten," actually Ann Olsen and Shirley Peterson, are hoping to meet an unknown investor so they can retire from their temporary stint in the "personal entertainment industry" and open a bakery in Mason City, IA.  Jerry Stockbridge hopes his speech at the tool convention will boost the sliding finances of StoneTuff Tools.  Jerry's wife, Emily, encounters the bakery investor and mistakes him for a pervert when he boasts about his pumpernickel.  Jerry's secretary, dowdy Miss Finster, visits the Ultimate Glamour Salon and Spa in the hotel concourse and ends up looking as though she is also in the personal entertainment business.  Jerry's boss, Mr. Stone, is delighted to meet Domina, Kitten, and the now-transformed Miss Finster.  Mrs. Stone takes time from searching for her philandering husband to visit the Ultimate Glamour Salon, and she, too, ends up looking like she's in the personal entertainment industry.  As in all farces, fast action and mistaken identities drive this plot.  The play ends happily with Domina and Kitten finally meeting their investor, Jerry's speech generating tool clients, Miss Finster back to normal and Mr. Stone wildly happy with Mrs. Stone's new look.  The script stays in the realm of sassy and does not contain any raw situations or offensive language.

Auditions are Saturday, June 29, 9-11 am at the State Theatre in Zumbrota.
Performances Dates: August 23,24,25,30,31 and September 1.
Rehearsals begin the week of July 22.

Want to help with the show? Just email and we'll keep you in the production loop.

Forever Plaid at the State Theatre

Get your tickets for the last three performances of Forever Plaid staged at the State Theatre this weekend by Z-Theatre Community Theatre. Tickets are available at Busby's, Main Street Pharmacy, Crossings or at the door the day of the performance. You can also get tickets by contacting Dick Whitaker at 507-732-7361. Tickets are $10.  Performances are at 7 pm this Friday, September 7, and Saturday, September 8, with a 2 pm matinee on Sunday, September 9.

Forever Plaid Opens Friday, August 31

You will be rolling in the aisles over the playful antics of the Plaids as they attempt to reclaim their lost chance at musical fame. Featuring local actors: Luke Davidson, Rob Weber, Aaron Schumacher and Brian Adams. Directed by Lori Rauen and JC Koepsell. Presented by Z-Theater and ZAAC.


Show Dates and Times

Friday, August 31, 7:30        Saturday, September 1, 7:30   Sunday, September 2, 7:30 

Friday, September 7, 7:30   Saturday, September 8, 7:30   Sunday, September 9, 2:00

Tickets go on sale Monday, August 13.

$10 Adults    $8 Students (18 and under)

For more information, email Or leave a message at 507-732-5210.

FOREVER PLAID                                       
Written and Originally Directed and Choreographed by STUART ROSS.                               
Musical Continuity Supervision and Arrangements by James Raitt                                 
Originally Produced by Gene Wolsk  

Forever Plaid is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684.