Jun 14 – Jul 28, 2019

Book, Music and Lyrics by Keith Hovis
Directed by Laura Leffler
Musical / World Premiere
Andy Boss Thrust Stage

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Described as Avenue Q meets The Book of Mormon with a little bit of Heathers mixed in, this newly created musical satire reflects the quirks of small town life. In 1997, a contestant died onstage and permanently ended the popular Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant. Twenty years later, Frannie Foster Wallace still blames all her life failures on losing the chance to become Jefferson’s Sparkling Junior Champion. Until now. Let the rematch begin!

At its core, Jefferson Township is about finding your way when you’ve hit an age where you’re told you should already have a plan in place. It’s about going home — that place where you grew up and helped shape your identity and values — and suddenly realizing you feel like an outsider in your own community. It’s about realizing that success and happiness come in many forms, and sometimes you need to open yourself up to possibilities you never considered before.” –Keith Hovis
Performance Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes including one 20 minute intermission.

ADVISORY: Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant is appropriate for adults and teens, ages 16 and up. This hilarious and moving new musical by a local writer examines small-town community and that moment when we first experience failure. It includes adult language as well as mild violence and sexual situations played for comedic effect.


Laura Leffler – Director
Brian Pekol – Music Director
Antonia Perez – Choreographer
Ursula K. Bowden – Set Designer
Rubble&Ash – Costume Designers
Jake Davis – Sound Designer
Michael P. Kittel – Lighting Designer
Abbee Warmboe – Properties Designer
Tyler Olsen-Highness & Craig Kossen – Blood Effects Designers
Hannah K. Holman – Dramaturg
Foster Johns – Vocal Coach
Sophie Peyton – Assistant Director
Laura Topham* – Stage Manager
Jared Zeigler* – Assistant Stage Manager

Elise Santa+ – Piano
Kyle Baker+ – Guitar/Bass
Brian Pekol+ – Drums

*Member, Actors Equity Association
+ All of the music in this production is performed by career professional musicians who are members in good standing of the Twin Cities Musicians Union, Local 30-73, American Federation of Musicians.

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Graphic calendar for Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant at Park Square Theatre - for ticket ordering assistance, please call 651.291.7005
 7:30pm  2:00pm

P – Preview
B – 99¢ Bargain Preview
D – Post-show Discussion
O – Opening Night
ASL – American Sign Language
AD – Audio Description
C – Open Captioning

Events and Special Offers

Bargain Preview Night | Tuesday, June 18!
99¢ tickets! First come, first-served. Tickets go on sale at 6:30pm. Limit 4 per person.

Talkbacks | Wednesday, June 19 & Sunday, June 30
Explore the creative process of this world premiere musical with the actors and composer.

Pregame the Play: the Pageant Edition | Thursday, June 20
$25 tickets and pre-show party for those age 21-45. Use code PTP.

Opening Night | Friday, June 21
Toast the actors after the show with complimentary champagne and some good ol’ midwest hotdish and bars. Included with opening night ticket!

Sparkler Special!
$25 for ALL tickets on July 5, 6, 7! Use code SPK. Do it for America!

Friendly Friday | July 12, 19, and 26
Gather your besties for a night of live theatre! 2 standard tickets for $60 (regular $80). Use code 10D.

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