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Wellstone: A Minnesotan Musical

By Albino Squirrel
Written by Bryn Tanner

Playing at U of M Rarig Center Thrust

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Warnings: Adult language.

In the midst of a bruising re-election campaign, Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone copes with both a debilitating illness and a corrupt Washington, D.C. in this new musical featuring five original songs.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 12-15 and up

 

Sat, 8/5 @ 5:30pm
 

 

Mon, 8/7 @ 7:00pm
 

 

Wed, 8/9 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sat, 8/12 @ 5:30pm
ASL interpreted

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

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Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

Weekdays 1pm-3pm and Weekends 11am-1pm we'll also open an Alternative Box Office at Fringe Central so you can grab a Day Pass and skip the lines at the venue before the show.

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You wouldn't know Paul from the show

by Noah Nieting on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Paul came across as timid and waffling - no sign of his progressive strength in the moments of action dedicated to anything between 1990 and 2000. Partisans may cheer the final moments' review of recent politics as a call to action, there was little connection to the late Senator's lived vision for a better tomorrow besides references to a few legislative victories.


A History Lesson Hiding A Good Drama

by Adam Boutz on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

It was either too short or too long to accomplish all it tried to do. By focusing heavily on his legacy rather than the man, the story short changed its self on emotional content in favor of a refresher lecture on the last 20 years of American politics. There were connections to the rest of the story to be drawn there, but they were not illustrated clearly.


Great concept

by Phil Darg on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

A great concept for a MN Fringe musical - telling the story of Wellstone in song. I particularly enjoyed the performance of the actor portraying Sheila Wellstone.

2 people found this review helpful


Two shows in one?

by Corrie Fiedler on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

The first 75% of the show is a musical about Paul and Sheila Wellstone. The remainder is about 'the rest of the timeline' with a focus on the US politics surrounding the Iraq war, and segueing into the Trump era.

I acknowledge that most reviewers resonated with the performance, I didn't. Where was Paul's energy? Why did Hillary play such a strong role and is the Lewinsky situation relevant to the Wellstone story? My reaction was a big 'huh?'.

Honestly, I enjoyed the reciting of the post-Wellstone timeline more than the musical.

1 person found this review helpful


It was good

by Danielle Larson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

That's all I can really say. It was good. There were moments that fell flat. It took a while to pick up, and the music was decent. All around, if love to see this show reworked and tried again with a longer production time. It has great potential and a talented cast.

1 person found this review helpful


Lovely tribute

by Kathy Wolpers on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Others have said that the show was too short, or that so much was left out of the story. Thus are the constraints of the Fringe Festival. This was a wonderful tribute to a great man, and will hopefully encourage showgoers to do some research to find out more about him. The characterizations were genuine and well done. I particularly enjoyed Sheila and Hillary, whose acting and vocals really strengthened the show.

2 people found this review helpful


Good, but has the potential to be great.

by Bradley Johnson on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

Even though it was called a musical, I forgot since it was a good way in before we had our first number. Midway it started to pickup and became more of the musical was expecting. I wasn't quite sure of how they were going to deal with his death and end the show, but they handled it well and the show then continued on with his legacy. Worth seeing if you want to learn about or remember his life.

1 person found this review helpful


That George Bush was such a cutie!

by Alex Friedemann on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Great show! Has the potential to be much longer and should be! Awaiting the full, extended story with baded breath!

1 person found this review helpful


Superb

by Dale Wolpers on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I wish that I could have given this a 10 star rating. A wonderful show that tugs on the heart strings while being informative and funny. Sheila Wellstone's solo brought tears to my eyes. This show is a must see for the festival.

2 people found this review helpful


Wellstone' principles still resonates

by Diana Butzlaff on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I couldn't imagine how they were going to make this tragic story into a musical. And they did it superbly! It was well acted, great singing voices, and the whole script flowed. Also a great reminder of a person who really lived by his principles?

2 people found this review helpful


Sweetly imagined, painful to remember

by Kit Bix on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

When my spouse asked me how I felt about moving to Minnesota 18 years ago I thought to myself, how could I not feel at home in Paul Wellstone's state? To me he represented everything that was good about the Democratic Party, in particular the need to prioritize the welfare of the most vulnerable. I had just seen him speak in Washington. He stood on a box. He was smart and magnetic and kind. A good person. God knows, this inspiring figure deserves a play. This lovely show is perhaps still rough on the edges and, I felt at moments, that it was uncertain whether it wanted to be a musical, but I was deeply moved. I hope the creators develop it further - and yes, the vision needs refining. But isn't that what fringe is for?

1 person found this review helpful


Great songs, but wanted more of them

by Paul Strebe on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

A nice jaunt through Minnesota history, but I found myself wanting more songs -- were only about five. Would have also preferred to hear a theme song to hold it all together and a lot of shorter tunes to help move things along. Still some sweet moments.

1 person found this review helpful


Not quite there

by Kelly Regan on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 10 shows

The vocalists were wonderful, the show felt incomplete. Music, while pretty in parts was someone "one note", all lyrical and similar in style/sound. The story was fascinating, acting was mostly good, all in all, an ok show that could be pretty good with some work.

1 person found this review helpful


Diamond in the Rough

by Robert Hybben on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

A bit of a diamond in the rough, but there are some terrific songs and singers in this show.

1 person found this review helpful


Good show!

by Delaney Gilliam on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Really entertaining show! I really enjoyed it.

2 people found this review helpful


Emotional & Educational

by Marie Busch on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is a great story that I would love to see expanded into a full show. I was entertained by the well written dialogue and the beautiful new melodies. The story of this beloved man is beautiful and tragic. The talented cast deliver the material flawlessly. It left me wanting more.

2 people found this review helpful


Want to see more

by Jimbo Kramer on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

This show has so much potential. The music is catchy, the story is interesting, but it is hard to fit Paul Wellstone's legacy into an hour show. I hope the writer puts more time into making this a full length musical after Fringe! The actors portrayed their characters well and created a show
That is full of hope.

1 person found this review helpful


Really Cute. Great Impersonations.

by Holly Peterson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 18 shows

This was a fun show. The beginning was a rapid fire biography of Wellstone, which would have been improved by a more minimalist set design or maybe one overarching music number to bring all the snippets of biography together. The audience spent a disproportionate amount of time in the dark waiting for scenes to start. Overall, I thought the cast did a great job. Wellstone's wife was super charming and the Bush and Clinton impersonations were spot on.

1 person found this review helpful


This show does not disappoint

by Lynell Tanner on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Bryn Tanner & Albino Squirrel Productions is 3 for 3 as far as bringing creative, unique musicals to MN Fringe. This glimpse into the lives of Paula & Sheila Wellstone and a few of the players they came into contact during some pivotal moments was genius. The actors were spot-on in their characterizations, the music was beautiful, relevant and added much to the show and helped move it along and I felt proud to be a Minnesotan and Wellstone supporter. BRAVO!! I highly recommend this show!!

1 person found this review helpful


great vocals

by Joy Rakerd on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Loved the harmony at the end of the show. The cast really sounded great together. Strong performances by the women in particular. You go, girls!

2 people found this review helpful


Wonderful show...

by Joe Tanner on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

We saw the show Wellstone at the Fringe. Let me begin by saying "Oh My" and go from there. It was so fast paced and informative while dealing with such a small piece of his life. The actors were well cast, and the musical delivered it's message from start to finish. Though a serious play, it also delivered some comical moments and yet gave us a delicate yet exact view at the senator. Michael Turner played the part of Paul to a T. The music was delivered and the exact moments. I will honestly say that I will attend again and will recommend that other "Fringers" do as well....After watching this production, I can say that my "cup" is full and I truly got my monies worth...Please see this production...!

2 people found this review helpful


Not quite there

by David Trudeau on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

Paul Wellstone is a giant of a man who needs something bigger than this - it's a starting point , but this show needs more of his internal struggle and expression of his vision to hit the mark. Could have called it Hillary just as well for the amount of time spent developing characters.
Though well intended, directed, and executed, the script and song need a big shot of Green Bus Magic to be the opera of his inspiring life.

1 person found this review helpful


Could be one of the best of the Fringe

by Richard Heise on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 25 shows

I was never a Wellstone supporter and would probably have never picked this show if I hadn't known several people involved with it. Found it very well written and produced. The performers all did an excellent job. Glad I knew people involved with the show and got to see it.

2 people found this review helpful


Important Bio-Musical

by Andy Rakerd on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 16 shows

This was a powerful tribute to a Minnesota icon. This is a lot different from anything else I've seen this year. The show has catchy tunes, honestly-acted portrayals of real-life politicians, and political commentary that still resonates today. I learned a lot, and if you consider yourself a Minnesotan, this is a story you should know.

2 people found this review helpful


So much potential

by Fourth Wall on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Love the concept, but their was no spark...and no Wellstone bus! (Real or alluded to). The musical numbers left something to be desired. I can see this being the framework for something great.


Engaging

by Paige Jaeger on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

You could tell the actors were really passionate about their work. I enjoyed the music and the emotion that was put into the writing.

1 person found this review helpful


A Year in Change

by Aimee Micek on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

If you're looking for a show with music that will pull at your heart strings, this is the show for you.

Michael Turner depicts Paul Wellstone in a careful, caring manner. It is clear that he put time and careful consideration into this character.

Some of the scenes are short and sweet, and could have been better done through song. The music was the strongest part of this show - it moved me emotionally and pushed the story along in the direction it needed to go.

The writing displays research, and well thought out pieces of history in Paul Wellstone's life. However, this show needs more than an hour to do the entire story justice. It almost felt as if this were a preview to a much bigger show.

The heart in this show is a must see.

1 person found this review helpful


Ho hum

by JoAnn W. Pasternack on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I had great hopes for this show, but the acting and singing were not exceptional, and couldn't overcome the weak script. They could have given GW Bush his Texas accent and provided songs for Sheila Wellstone in her range.
Truly, I wanted to love it, but was disappointed.

1 person found this review helpful


Hopeful

by Geoffrey Conklin on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Great songs, great harmonies and a very hopeful tone for the future.

2 people found this review helpful


Wonderful and engaging

by Tyler Leeks on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This performance was wonderfully engaging. It drew me in and kept my focus for most of the show. The singing was exceptional along with the acting. I recommend this show.

2 people found this review helpful


Engaging

by Vandana Mangalick on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

It is a very well written and engaging play, especially for Paul Wellstone fans and politicos.
Every one acted well but i loved the women in the show they were effortless.
Very well edited and well directed musical.

2 people found this review helpful


AMAZING

by Sarah Miller on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

My brother Zach Miller wrote the music for this musical so my family and I went to see it. The music was amazing and catchy while the singing was beautiful. When it finished I looked over at my family and we were all crying just a little. This musical is well thought out and very powerful. I totally suggest you see it if you haven't!

2 people found this review helpful


Informative, moving, and funny

by Mark Miller on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I loved this show! The story was both sincere and funny, and the music contributed so well to the heart of the show. It's an excellent portrayal of a man and woman with integrity and compassion, and the courage to work hard to make people's lives better. This message of sincere public service and hope (something so needed today) lifted my spirits and reminded me that it can be achieved again.

1 person found this review helpful


Meh

by Elizabeth Schuetzle on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

While the premise of this show is very interesting, the writing was extremely lacking. I understand that Fringe is usually a chance to workshop shows, and I hope they make some changes because the heart of the story is really very moving. The acting didn't really help the writing out in any way, it was okay at best and cringe worthy at some moments. Honestly, I think the only people who would enjoy this show as it is currently are people who for some personal reason/experience are very invested in the Wellstone narrative.

2 people found this review helpful


We will rise!

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

I was wishing for more, and hope that this musical will be developed further. Most scenes were terribly short and jarring (happily, the musical numbers were longer and well done). I learned more about the secondary characters than I did about Wellstone - would have loved to hear bits of the speeches and writings that inspired so many. Some good characterizations - especially Hillary!

2 people found this review helpful


Fun Muscial Bio-play

by Cetius d'Raven on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

A compelling slice-of-life story of our late senator. Kudos to the singers for being clearly audible in their large space--no mean feat and a rarity at Fringe.

1 person found this review helpful


Well written and performed

by Amy Krumenacker on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A well written show highlighting the life of a well lived MN senator. They have taken the short time given and filled it with thoughtful dialogue and music. I would like to see more but given the time constraints, it works. Kudos to the cast and writers for a job well done.

2 people found this review helpful


I want a full version

by Dylan Olmsted on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

I think that the beginning (a series of short scenes) was a little clunky. I think it would have worked better as a musical number seeing as how the first musical number comes unusually late for a musical and that this sort of time compression tends to feel less jarring in the context of a song rather than short scenes. Otherwise, it was paced pretty well and had me laughing or getting misty eyed at the appropriate parts. I want to see a more fleshed out version with more instrumentation, but for the limitations required by Fringe, this was pretty good.

2 people found this review helpful


What Public Service Looks Like

by Michael Sheeks on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Although this production crams a lot of styles and forms into sixty minutes, the overall effect is sure to resonate with anyone who wishes all our public servants had the soul of Paul Wellstone. See it as a reminder of why we vote.

2 people found this review helpful


WELLSTONE: A Minnesotan Musical

by Mike Ricci on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

The bright star that was Paul Wellstone shines once again in this musical adaptation of his life story. Playwright Bryn Tanner has taken the partnership of Paul and his wife Sheila as the foundation of this sprawling, yet intimate story of his rise as one of this nations most compelling politicians. Along with cameos from some well-known characters, the narrative has a solid historical perspective, while the music highlights some of the more emotional moments of Wellstone's life. The acting and singing is solid throughout. Well worth seeing, especially in these uncertain times when it's important to remember what a man of integrity looked and acted like.

1 person found this review helpful


Excellent Show - Go See It!

by Lynne Lawhead on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Excellent show. Enjoyed the story and the cast portrayed the characters very well.

2 people found this review helpful


Gripping performances

by Alan Lawhead on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A great story told through compelling performances. Beautiful voices drive home the range of emotions that are fabric of this show.

2 people found this review helpful


Fitting Tribute

by Maria Keith on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Political and not overly political, well written and performed. Wasn't tempted to snooze at all.

2 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Michael Turner

Paul Wellstone

Michael Turner is a recent BFA Acting graduate from Minnesota State Universty, Mankato. He has performed in productions of Avenue Q (North Hennepin), The Foreigner (Mankato), and The Oresteia (Hero Now Theatre). After a year's hiatus from acting, Michael is thrilled to dive back into it in this production!


Cayla Marie Wolpers

Sheila Wellstone

Cayla Marie has been acting since the age of eight. She has always wanted to make a difference in people's lives through theatre, and she believes that with hard work and determination, she can achieve that goal. Cayla studied Musical Theatre at Drake University and graduated Cum Laude with a B.F.A. degree in Musical Theatre. She also received Departmental Honors. Cayla Marie has been performing in the Twin Cities for several years now; working with many theatre companies such as Open Window Theatre, Pioneer Place Theatre, and CLIMB Theatre. http://caylamarie07.wixsite.com/caylamarie


Christof Krumenacker

Stephen Wellstone

Christof is a junior in Musical Theatre at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. He is extremely excited to be participating in his first Fringe Festival production. It has been a dream of his to partake in this amazing festival. Some of his favorite roles he has played are Man #2 (Jacques Bre...), Dennis (All Shook Up), and Pippin (Pippin). He would like to give a shoutout to his family, the boiz, and to his peeps in Point!


Rachel Lawhead

Hillary Clinton

Rachel Lawhead is excited to be a part of her first Minnesota Fringe show! She is a rising junior at the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training Program. Her past favorite roles have been Guiderius in Cymbeline, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret and Sandra in Big Fish. Thanks to her family, Alex, friends, and company.


Jason Millsap

Norm Coleman

Jason is thrilled to be making his MN Fringe debut with Albino Squirrel. Jason has been seen around the Twin Cities at Artistry MN and Bethel Summer Theatre. A graduate of Drake University, Jason would like to thank his friends and family for their support. Enjoy the show!


Carter Roeske

Director

This is Carter's 3rd production with Albino Squirrel having previously directed "A Mariokart Named Desire" as well as stage managed and designed "Pocahontas (Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Mouse)." Carter studied theatre at North Hennepin Community College and Iowa State University. He would like to thank the cast, crew, and all of our backers for helping make this show happen. Extra special thanks goes to Mike Ricci and NHCC for providing us with a space to rehearse and being generally supportive of our company throughout the years!


Elise Santa

Musical Director

Elise is thrilled to be music directing in her first Minnesota Fringe show. As a music director for Lyric Arts, her most recent productions include Urinetown, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She holds a BM from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and teaches piano within her private studio.


Bryn Tanner

Playwright

Bryn is excited to be back at Fringe Festival with his third original musical. He's previously written "A Mariokart Named Desire," written and performed in "Pocahontas (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mouse)" and performed in "In Watermelon Sugar." A graduate from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Bryn has performed all around the Twin Cities and directed several shows for Sibley East Senior High in Arlington, MN. He would like to thank his family, friends, his girlfriend Aimee and his mentor Mike for their support. "How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world."


Zach Miller

Composer

Zach is pleased as punch to be working on his second Albino Squirrel show. His experience is mostly with acting, but as an aspiring jack-of-all-trades, he has been thrilled to dive into composition; especially for such a relevant and important piece. "Big thanks to Elise, for interpreting and enhancing my intentions, and as always, to Bryn for trusting my vision (and his own). Enjoy the show!"


Emily Carlisle

Stage Manager

Emily is delighted to return as Stage Manager for Albino Squirrel Productions. She studied theatre at Anoka Ramsey Community College and interned for three summers with Door Shakespeare. She'd like to thank her wife and friends for their support and encouragement.


Nik Carlisle

Designer

Nik is excited to make her designing debut with Albino Squirrel Productions. In the past she has designed props for productions at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, including acting as lead props designer for their production of Harvey. She has also assisted with costumes on numerous productions. She would like to thank her wife and the rest of her family for their continuous support.

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United States Senator from Minnesota, Paul Wellstone is in for the fight of his life. Eleven years after his first election in 1990, where he promised he would only serve two terms in office, the country's political landscape is shocked by the events of 9/11, and the various political establishments seek to politicize the event for their own gains. Complicating matters is his increasingly distant relationship with his wife and family, battling not only his brother's mental illness but his own physical illness, and insecurities over his legacy and contributions to the world.


Join us for a musical retrospective in the style of RENT, Hamilton and Next to Normal, reflecting on the life and times of Paul, often referred to as the "conscience of the Senate" for his steadfast belief in honesty, hope and fairness for all. Featuring five original musical numbers from the team that brought you "A Mariokart Named Desire," Fringe Festival's Audience Choice winner of 2016 for Strike Theatre, and one-half of the team that brought you "Pocahontas (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mouse)," chosen for Freshwater Theatre's fourth annual Fringe Festival remount in 2015. 


DISCLAIMER: This play is a fictionalized account of the life of Paul Wellstone. While great care has been given to ensure respect towards Paul and his family, some artistic license has been taken with the events and people portrayed in the show.

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