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Picnic Operetta, 2018 Regina Woolson

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Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County: A Picnic Operetta

Daily from Aug. 17-Oct. 7
Time Varies
$10-$20 suggested donation
Food and Drink, Theater

“Where we’re at is where I hoped to be, in terms of the geographical reach of the project and the community around folks who dedicate their summer to coming together to make this work,” says Scotty Reynolds, Mixed Precipitation’s artistic director. There were precedents for shows resembling the company’s picnic operetta—an itinerant blend of classical music, pop songs, and foodie fiesta—but it was still ambitious to imagine that the production would last for 10 summers, as it now has. This year’s inspiration is The Merry Wives of Windsor, an opera composed by Otto Nicolai (1810-1849), with added songs by Bruce Springsteen. A landmark mining case in the Arrowhead Region, where Reynolds grew up, will also play into the plot. Mining can be a hot-button topic, but Reynolds says he’s hoping to take an “even-handed and humorous” approach that evokes “the look and feel of late-’70s, early-’80s northern Minnesota.” That environment, he says, “has been deeply embedded in my soul, my heart. Locations, times, and dates vary, make reservations by calling 1-800-838-3006, or visit mixedprecipitation.org.