The stories collected at these events will help form the script for the large-scale, site-specific theater production that will be performed in conjunction with a celebration of Pioneer Public TV’s 50th anniversary in 2016.
Facilitated by Ashley Hanson & Andrew Gaylord of PlaceBase Productions, Story Swap Workshop participants will be asked to share stories, history and memories of the community of Appleton and the beginning of Pioneer Public TV. Whether you are an amateur historian, storyteller, artist, community enthusiast, or you just love Appleton and want to talk about it, Ashley and Andrew want to hear your stories!
Open auditions for this “one of a kind” production will be held in April, 2016. PlaceBase will be looking for 50 local performers, musicians, artists, volunteers and western Minnesota enthusiasts to assist with the production. Auditions will be open to all ages and abilities; no previous experience or preparation necessary.
Theater artists Ashley Hanson and Andrew Gaylord of PlaceBase Productions have successfully produced similar large-scale theater projects in the communities of New London, Granite Falls, Fergus Falls and Bloomington. Their productions have ranged from exploring the Minnesota River Valley through Walking and Paddling Theater on the Minnesota River, to exploring the history of mental health care through Bicycle Theater. In each production, more than 50 community members participated in the show and audiences in the hundreds came from across the state to celebrate the stories of these treasured Minnesota places. Find out more about their past projects at: www.placebaseproductions.com.
This activity is being made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the SW MN Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
About Pioneer Public Television
Established in 1966, Pioneer Public TV is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. For more information visit: www.pioneer.org.