Spring Mischief Gala

You are cordially invited to


Thursday, April 8
Zoom Cabaret at 6:30 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who joined Park Square on April 8 to help the theatre spring forth, back to live stage productions!

A red and yellow tulip petal with the words "Spring Mischief"


Free and open to everyone!

Generous Donors like you raised over $130,000 for Park Square’s return to live theatre!

Zoom squares of people wearing festive masks

Did you miss the cabaret?
You can stream it now on Park Square’s Vimeo Channel.

This year’s “Spring Mischief” Gala is an opportunity for you to connect with Park Square Theatre artists and fellow fans from wherever you are. As the tulips push up, now is the time to work together for Park Square’s “spring” back to the stage and to connecting in person. Your support today will hire artists, technicians, front of house teams and get the theatre ready for their return.

Your support through the long intermission has created 16 virtual theatre events as well as listening sessions with beloved artists and audiences. You have even fueled new artistic partnerships that will expand our connections when we meet in person.

Park Square has a rich history of inspiring one of the largest teen audiences in the country. By working together Park Square and SteppingStone Theatre leverage your support to make your gift go further and expand that excitement for children of all ages. With your help now, this event will raise $90,000 to put artists back on stage and audiences back in the house for stories that connect us all. We look forward to celebrating with you on April 8th at 6:30 pm for a night of mischief, fun and support for Park Square’s return to the stage and to seeing you in person!

The Spring Mischief Cabaret will be 45-minutes of fun with a mix of theatre artists you love and new talent to keep your eyes on! Plus, join in yourself for the Mask Parade! Don any mardi gras, carnival (or covid) mask and turn on your camera for the parade. No judgement, all play! Pull out your favorite mask or get creative and decorate your own!


Cabaret performances by:

REESE BRITTS is thrilled that he is making his Park Square Theater debut. He has performed on local stages like The Ordway, The Jungle Theatre, Lyric Arts, and The Guthrie. ‘We need the arts more than anything right now- thank you so much for your continuous support for the community and for Park Square!”





Twin Cities based actor and singer RAJANÉ KATURAH has graced the stages of The Ordway, The Children’s Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Penumbra Theatre and The Old Globe. Park Square audiences will never forget her outstanding performance as Marie in Marie & Rosetta or in Agatha Christie: Rule of Thumb.  She relocated Minneapolis in 2017-2018 as a Performing Apprentice at the Children’s Theatre Company, and is now their newest Company Member, last seen as the title role in Cinderella. “Better is on the way, and if you can’t see it, then be it!”



C RYAN SHIPLEY is a local theatre artist and educator who has performed at The Ordway, Artistry, Old Log, Park Square, Illusion Theatre, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Paul Bunyan Playhouse and many others. C Ryan is also a choreographer and director and is on the artistic staff of Cedar Summerstock Theatre Company in Iowa. As an educator he has worked at The Guthrie, The Ordway, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Stages, Steppingstone and Project SUCCESS.




LESLIE VINCENT is a singer, actor and musician recognizable to Twin Cities theatre audiences from her work at Artistry, History Theatre, Old Log Theatre and the Bryant-Lake Bowl among others. Park Square fans will remember her stand-out performance as Val in Jefferson Township Sparkling Junior Talent Pageant, and she has played both Anna and Margot in The Diary of Anne Frank.  Leslie performs as half of the jazz duo The Champagne Drops and writes her own music. In 2020 she released her first album entitled These Foolish Things. https://www.lesliedellavincent.com/


Musical Accompaniment by Natalia Peterson and Kate Brown.

Dinner Menus

Entrees are take-and-bake will come with warming/cooking instructions.

The Saint Paul Hotel
Pick up (including wine): April 8 from 3-5 pm at 350 N Market St, St Paul, MN 55102

  • Salad: Mixed Greens with Roasted Grapes, Toasted Almonds, Feta served with Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Entrée: Duet of Braised Beef Short Ribs with Red Wine Demi and Parmesan Crusted Salmon with Stone Ground Mustard Sauce, Baby Carrots & Brussel Sprouts Roasted with Herb Garlic Butter and Fingerling Potatoes with Roasted Shallots – OR –
    • Vegetarian Option Available on Request: Eggplant filled with Tofu “Ricotta”, Basil Lentil Pilaf and House-Made marinara Sauce with Braised Carrots Tornadoes with Roasted Mushrooms with Herb Garlic Butter and Fingerling Potatoes with Roasted Shallots
  • Dessert: Apple Cobbler made with Fresh Apples, Cinnamon, and Orange, Topped with Streusel

Black Dog Café
Pick up (including wine): April 8 from 3-5 pm at 308 E Prince St, St Paul, MN 55101

  • Salad: Green Beans, Red Cabbage, Onion, Shaved Jalapeño, Orange Supremes, Basil with a Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Entrée: Vegan Spaghetti and Meatballs. Savory Mushroom-Based “Meatballs” in Homemade Red Sauce  – OR –
    • Traditional Meatballs Available on Request for Carnivorous Companions!
  • Dessert: Chocolate-dipped Coconut Macaroon

Nosh Box from fête exceptionelle
Pick up (including wine) at the Saint Paul Hotel April 8 from 3-5 pm at 350 N Market St, St Paul, MN 55102

  • Beef Tenderloin Slider with Horseradish Aioli – OR –
    • Portobello Mushroom Slider Available on Request
  • Crab, Artichoke, Spinach Spread with Crostini
  • Pimento Cheese with Home-Baked Herbed Shortbread Cracker
  • Olive Tapenade with Crostini
  • Truffle Brownie Triangle

Dinner reservations for the 2021 Spring Mischief Gala are now closed.

Tickets and Sponsorships

Table Sponsors:
$4,000 Sponsor: Dinner for ten (options below) plus sponsor recognition at the gala
$2,500 Sponsor: Dinner for six (options below) plus sponsor recognition at the gala

$1,000 Dinner for two (options below) plus recognition as a producer for Park Square’s first play back on stage
$175 per person with take and bake dinner from the Saint Paul Hotel
$125 per person with take and bake dinner from the Black Dog Café (vegetarian/vegan)
$75 per person with a Nosh Box from fête exceptionelle


Dick and Nancy Nicholsons. A man and woman in fancy dress. They are white with fair hair and relaxed smiles.

Dick and Nancy Nicholson

Lifetime Saint Paul champions and patrons of the arts, Dick and Nancy can’t wait to join us in welcoming you back to the theatre and the lobby that bears their name!

Smiling woman in a pink blazer with matching jewelry. She is white with medium length brown hair and a warm bright smile.

Sheila Smith

Just retired after 25 years as executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Sheila has helped Minnesota become the nation’s leader in arts funding through the Legacy Amendment.


Please email Rachel Wandrei at wandrei@parksquaretheatre.org, or call Amy Dauplaise at 651-387-5052 with any questions.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!


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