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Hope and Inspiration

One cannot help but be reflective after Election Day, and one thing that I’ve been thinking about is the role of theatre arts in society as a source of hope and inspiration.

In my work at Park Square Theatre, both as blogger and daytime usher, I get to witness firsthand some of the dynamic changes occurring within the Minnesota scene as Elders begin to hand off responsibilities to a younger generation, as organizations soul-search on how to remain relevant to their audiences and as they ever strive to fulfill their missions–all while trying to stay financially afloat to be able to come back to do it all over again season after season. What I have discovered is that a theatre is a place of service, and those who work in one are more likely than not following a calling. The theatre “bug” is not foremost a pursuit of fame and fortune (though the latter would be a welcomed help) but a dedication by those involved to work for the greater social good.

While at Park Square Theatre, I get to brush shoulders with living Minnesota theatre history–the people who have been the shakers-and-movers of Twin Cities theatre for decades, not much in the limelight but still tirelessly dedicated to bringing quality live theatre to you from behind the scenes. To name just a few, there are Artistic Director Richard Cook, who co-founded and built up Park Square’s stature in its Saint Paul community; Education Director Mary Finnerty, who created what is likely the strongest theatre education program for middle- and high-school students in the state; photographer Petronella J. Ytsma, who can tell you photoshoot stories that span the change of photo-technology; and newly hired Group Sales & Community Engagement Manager Linda Twiss, who has likely, unbeknownst to you, already touched some aspect of your theater-going experience in Minnesota through the years.

Then there are our Future–the younger generation who also carry on the vision and mission. In my two seasons at Park Square Theatre, I have watched House Manager Amanda Lammert rise to Audience Services Director and, as such, clear the path for  millennials, such as Jiffy Kunik to become Performance Supervisor, Adrian Larkin to become Lead House Manager and Ben Cook-Feltz to become Ticket Office Supervisor. Our stage managers, such as Jamie Kranz, Megan Dougherty, Laura Topham and Lyndsey Harter, tend to be young female leaders with sure hands on each production that they oversee. My own fellow blogger, Vincent Hannam, is so clearly a Student of Life through Theatre; I get to see him grow not just as a theatre artist but as a wholehearted human being as I blog alongside him. And I have interviewed so many up-and-coming theatre professionals, from actors to designers, working with such intensity and creativity in their chosen fields. To be amongst such passionate young people, committed to theatre as a social cause is a constant source of hope and inspiration.

Park Square's A Raisin in the Sun. Photo by Connie Shaver.

A scene from A Raisin in the Sun (Photo by Connie Shaver)

And this fall I am witnessing the fruits of the prior year’s labor to carefully select this season’s plays, culled from suggestions by theatre professionals, theatre goers and volunteer script readers–all committed to fulfilling Park Square Theatre’s mission. The whole process is a mixture of intentionality and serendipity, resulting in a breathtaking season of anticipation and high hopes that we got it right. This season, we started out with The Liar and The Realistic Joneses, both in their own ways guiding us to what is true and real. Then came The House on Mango Street and currently A Raisin in the Sun, both uplifting the human spirit in the face of adversity. In December, we look forward to The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer, a style of music brought to us by Jewish immigrants.

Park Square Theatre’s mission is “to enrich our community by producing and presenting exceptional live theatre that touches the heart, engages the mind, and delights the spirit.” It is theatre in service to the common good and, by extension, a source of hope and inspiration. To all.

Note: We have a very limited number of tickets available for A Raisin in the Sun evening and weekend performances through November 20. But you may now purchase tickets for weekday student matinee performances through December 22. (You would be watching the play with school groups.) Student matinee tickets cost just $25.

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Tickets for The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer evening and weekend performances are available through December 31.

To order, call 651.291.7005 or go to parksquaretheatre.org.

James Vincent: August’s Front of House Employee of the Month

Ticket Agent Jimmy Vincent (Photograph by Connie Shaver)

Ticket Agent Jimmy Vincent
(Photograph by Connie Shaver)

Our Front of House Employee of the Month is James (“Jimmy”) Vincent. He began working at Park Square Theatre in October 2015 as a bartender, then soon became a ticket agent, house manager and usher as well. Whenever productions are simultaneously running on both the Proscenium and Boss stages during the evening and weekend, Vincent will now also act as Lead House Manager for one of those stages. He has become an all-around invaluable employee.

Bartender Jimmy Vincent (Photograph by Connie Shaver)

Bartender Jimmy Vincent
(Photograph by Connie Shaver)

When not at Park Square Theatre, Vincent is an actor and model. His dad first planted the idea of his pursuing acting during a father-and-son bonding moment of watching the entire first season of The Office. Ironically, Vincent soon after landed a role in his high-school musical, The Music Man. He got–as he put it–“further sucked into” theater by helping with behind-the-scenes work, such as set construction. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Performing Arts (major) and Media Production (minor) through Northern Michigan University, landing many roles in college shows, such as Danny in Grease and, his personal favorite, Kyle the UPS Guy in Legally Blonde.

After college, Vincent lived in Los Angeles before moving to Minnesota. He first worked full time for Northern Brewer Shipping Warehouse in Roseville before finding part-time jobs at both Park Square Theatre and History Theatre. Switching to theatre work has enabled him to focus on his profession of choice, auditioning, continually honing his craft with classes and being amongst his peers.

Model Jimmy Vincent (Photograph by Chris Gault)

Model Jimmy Vincent
(Photograph by Chris Gault)

Modeling has been a newer part of Vincent’s career path. After signing with an agency, he started appearing in print ads and commercials for products such as Hormel Chili. Vincent hopes to eventually become a full-time actor and model.

Audience Services Director Amanda Lammert describes Vincent as an “old soul” who is “a loyal friend and very close with his family.” He recently took a special trip to Decorah, Iowa, to attend the 40th anniversary of Nordic Fest with his grandmother, a ribbon-winning artist in Norwegian rosemaling. He also just attended the wedding of his longtime friend, the owner of Foggy Bottom Boys Dairy, from his past roots in Northern California.

Farmhand Jimmy Vincent

Farmhand Jimmy Vincent

Park Square Theatre is pleased to have the multi-talented Vincent in our midst.  We appreciate his excellent service on behalf of our theatre patrons.

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