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Ugandan Born Musician Samite to Headline International Children’s Festival at the Ordway

May 26, 2015 1:28 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Kari Mugo, Mshale Ugandan born musician, Samite, is set to headline the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ 15th Annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival this coming weekend, May 30-31st. “The world-class family event – one of the largest children’s festivals of its kind in the country – showcases diverse art, cultures and perspectives from more than 25 different countries,” and “features local, regional and international artists on indoor and outdoor stages in downtown ... more

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Ordway Artistic Director Gives Us a Sneak Peak at 2015 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

May 26, 2015 1:25 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Jen Sandbo, RedCurrent Celebrating its 15th year, the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival has inspired a generation young audiences by showcasing creativity through performing arts—as well as engaging, hands-on activities. The 2015 festival takes place May 30 and 31. RedCurrent got the inside scoop on the weekend festivities from Dayna Martinez, artistic director of world music, dance and International Children’s Festival. Dayna has worked on the Children’s Festival since it premiered in 2001—minus the two years ... more


Flint Hills International Children’s Festival features Ugandan flutist, juggling and more

May 26, 2015 1:20 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune FLINT HILLS INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL Tuesday-next Sunday: The fest celebrates its 15th anniversary with performances in and around St. Paul’s Rice Park and Ordway Center. The international roster includes Samite (pictured), a Ugandan marimba player and flutist who is a darling of the world folk circuit; Visible Fictions, a Scottish duo that will perform “Robin Hood”; Mexico’s Antonio Zepeda, who performs on pre-Columbian instruments, and Belgium’s Cirq’ulation Locale, which offers ... more


‘Camelot’ tour spins classic musical ‘Game of Thrones’-style

May 15, 2015 5:12 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Basil Considine, Twin Cities Daily Planet Take a walk over to Rice Park at night, peer through the glass at the Ordway, and you might notice that the Music Theater has been occupied by a squadron of marauding knights. This armored band bears the crest of a Camelot tour, but the production that they present and represent is not your grandfather’s Camelot. The first thing that stands out about this revamped production is that ... more

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Young Maple Grove actor to grace Ordway stage

May 15, 2015 5:03 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Alicia Miller, Maple Grove Press & News The stage of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will be graced by Maple Grove resident Alec Fisher. He will be sharing the role of Tom of Warwick in the national Broadway tour of Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot,” which will be performed at the Ordway between now and May 17. Alec, a home schooled ninth grader, is splitting the role with Henry Constable, a Wayzata native ... more

A Classically Inspired “Camelot” at the Ordway

May 14, 2015 12:02 pm | Leave your thoughts

By John Townsend, Lavender Magazine The tour of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s Camelot at the Ordway has the look and feel of a grand opera and the archetypal sense of Greek tragedy. Director Michael McFadden’s approach to Lerner’s book and lyrics is sternly attuned to the idealistic antiwar viewpoint that “might is not right” for its own sake but that might should be used for right, or in other words, the common good. It recognizes that defenseless illiterate peasants ... more

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‘Ah, Camelot, where the tables are round and the relationships triangular’

May 13, 2015 2:27 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune Director Michael McFadden’s revival of the 1960 musical “Camelot” is dominated by a giant metallic sculpture that resembles oversized weapons refashioned for peace. Representing an abstracted forest in Kevin Depinet’s set design, the hanging sculpture dwarfs the actors on the Ordway Music Theater stage, where the national touring production opened Tuesday for a weeklong run. In fact, it looks like something that might collapse onto them at any moment. That ... more

How Was the Show? reviews ‘Camelot’

May 13, 2015 2:25 pm | Leave your thoughts

By John Olive, How Was the Show? Camelot (at the Ordway, through May 17) harkens back to a simpler age, when a sturdy chap like Lancelot could be an arrogant, egotistical, sword-twirling, overweening and preening [your carefully chosen word here], and still get the girl. Nowadays a fellow must pay at least lip-service to sensitivity and depth, without which the Gueneveres of the world will reject him outright. As well they should. Camelot‘s Act One ... more