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Black Dust Theater returns with new manufacturing: “I Love You, You are Good, Now Change!” | localnews

Black Dust Theater returns with dinner theater that includes “I Love You, You are Good, Now Change!” from February 3-11 on the Hastings Arts Middle.

Following the triumphant return to the stage with “Newsies!” in 2022, Black Dust Theater is striving to proceed bringing dynamic, vigorous and contemporary theater to Hastings. Up subsequent from the group is an all-new dinner theater expertise on the lovely Hastings Arts Middle, with catering supplied by Very best Catering by Hastings Golf Membership and Occasions.

The manufacturing is the second-longest working off-Broadway revue in historical past and has been revised for the twenty first century. This celebration of the mating sport takes on the truths and myths behind that up to date conundrum generally known as “the connection.”

Via sketches and songs, Act I explores the journey from courting and ready to like and marriage, whereas Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, journeys within the household automobile and pick-up methods of the geriatric set.

With The Onion Grille, their longtime host, closing for good, Black Dust Theater needed to discover a totally different stage to carry out “I Love You, You are Good, Now Change!”

“We had been unhappy to listen to The Onion Grille was closing,” stated Black Dust Theater board Vice President Thomas Bonneville. “Black Dust Theater and The Onion Grille shared an excellent partnership for the previous 10 years in offering the neighborhood with a improbable dinner theater expertise, and we want Wendy and everybody at The Onion Grille the easiest!”

The Hastings Arts Middle was an ideal and acquainted different for Black Dust Theater to look to.

“Black Dust Theater has all the time been good at pivoting, and we have loved residency in numerous areas round Hastings, together with the Leduc Mansion, and The Historic Metropolis Corridor.” Bonneville continued, “The Hastings Arts Middle has been internet hosting our Improv troupe for a number of years, and naturally the area is acoustically fantastic, so we reached out to the Lockwoods and secured it for dinner theater.”

Quickly afterwards, it was determined Very best Catering by Hastings Golf Membership and Occasions, (House of the Hastings Public Home) would offer the meals for the night reveals. To supply a reduced-price ticket for the matinee on February fifth, a dessert-only possibility can be supplied.

This manufacturing options an all-new director to Black Dust Theater, Christian Unser. Christian is thrilled to be making his directorial debut with Black Dust Theater’s manufacturing of “I Love You, You are Good, Now Change.”

Christian has been performing as an actor and vocal director within the Twin Cities for nearly 23 years. He has been seen on-stage primarily with Minneapolis Musical Theatre, the place he additionally served as inventive director for 4 seasons, producing critically acclaimed musicals like “Leap of Religion,” “The Poisonous Avenger” and “Excessive Constancy” contained in the Electrical Fetus document retailer.

He’s grateful to Black Dust Theater for giving him an opportunity to work on this enjoyable present with a improbable solid and crew. And he sends all of his love from him to his spouse Jen and kids Gabe and Hannah for his or her endless help of his inventive endeavors from him.

Returning as musical director for this manufacturing is Black Dust Theater board President Ryan McCoy. When he’s not working the board, managing improv and directing dinner theater, McCoy teaches non-public music classes at Blessings Academy of Arts and Music and directs the musicals and performs at Hastings Center Faculty.

Usually, this present is carried out by a mere 4 gamers, however to supply a number of extra alternatives to our volunteer actors, Black Dust has solid “I Love You, You are Good, Now Change!” with a contemporary, younger solid of 6 performers from Hastings and out of city.

Sammi Penick, Rachel Schmidt, Katy MacCutcheon, Sam Verdick, Connor Dean Burrell and Tom Kleis. Whereas all three of our girls are new to Black Dust, our three males had been final seen in the summertime manufacturing of “Newsies!”


“I Love You, You are Good, Now Change!” E-book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro. Music by Jimmy Roberts.


Friday, February third, 8pm Present Time, 7pm Dinner Service

Saturday, February 4th, 7pm Present Time, 6pm Dinner Service

Sunday, February fifth, 2pm Matinee, 1pm Dessert Service

Friday, February tenth, 8pm Present Time, 7pm Dinner Service

Saturday, February eleventh, 7pm Present Time, 6pm Dinner Service



216 4th St E, Hastings, MN 55033

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Black Dust Theater is a bunch of passionate folks, who’ve a imaginative and prescient of the long run the place utilizing creativity to serve others and create connections within the Hastings space turn out to be one in the identical. Every day, Black Dust Theater brings folks collectively throughout audiences, casts, and all through the neighborhood to empower folks with on a regular basis creativity.


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