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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Black Friday at the Guthrie


 Mrs. T.  and I are not the “shop till you drop” types so on that infamous exhibition of mass American consumerism known as “Black Friday” we chose to join some Spring Valley friends for a bus trip to the famous Guthrie theater in Minneapolis.

Called "a 21st century dream factory" by Time Magazine, the new Guthrie boasts three stages, a full-service restaurant, pre-show dining, numerous bars and some of the best views of Minneapolis to be found in the city. Moved and rebuilt ten years ago from its original location to a new site along the Mississippi  the design of the new Guthrie was influenced by three key factors. 

First, Joe Dowling had a vision for a new three-theater center that would allow the institution an expanded ability to perform a wider range of plays and to engage the public and educational organizations in a stronger way. In addition, the theater would have the ability to host regional, national and international productions. 

Second, the design of the building was influenced by the size, scale and history of the historic mills adjacent to the site. 

 
Finally, the site overlooking the Mississippi River offers incredible dramatic views of St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge. Connecting Guthrie audiences to these amazing views became a key design goal. And I was amazed as surprisingly though having been born and raised in St. Paul I have never seen the Falls of St. Anthony before and what a view it was…..

We stopped for wonderful lunch at the St. Paul Hotel and then “crossed the river” to downtown Minneapolis to see an expanded and somewhat more light hearted version of Dickens A Christmas Carol. We are all blown away at the set, the staging, the acting.... the whole production. 

 
 Upon leaving the theater for the ride home we all decided,  though it was  Black Friday, it had been a wonderful beginning  to the joys of the Christmas season. 
 

16 comments:

  1. now that sounds like a nice intro to the christmas season!

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  2. Sounds perfect to me. I love Dicken's "Christmas Carol." Yes, this was the perfect way to spend the day.

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  3. Hi,
    We were blessed to see the Christmas Carol at the Guthrie in 2010. We also got to see Little House on the Prairie when our boys were little. Melissa Gilbert played Ma. :-) Fun post, thank you for the inside info regarding the theater.

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  4. Perfect! I wish I had the chance to start off the season in such a fashion. Thanks for sharing it in any event. :-)

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  5. Looks like you are part of the Theater Crowd now:)

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  6. Time so well spent! I hate Black Friday for shopping and avoid it as well. I stayed home and did some tidying and organizing, and enjoyed my cat's company. :)

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  7. Looks real fun to have enjoyed. I spent the day fishing, those trout were soft biting.

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  8. What a fun way to get into the holiday spirit! I NEVER shop on Black Friday. I don't like the shoving, pushing crowds, or anything about it.

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  9. Sounds as if Black Friday was a bright and lovely day for you.

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  10. Now that is how to bring in a season, not banging elbows in a department store. Kudos for a smart choice.

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  11. A fantastic day away from the shop until you drop mentality. The falls were my highlight of your photos. -- barbara

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  12. What a great way to begin the holidays.

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  13. Truly a wonderful way to begin the holidays indeed :)

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  14. I avoid Black Friday like the plague. Sounds like you made a great choice going to the Guthrie Theater.

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  15. I'm pleased to hear you skipped the mall for cultural edification. The theater has an interesting history.

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  16. What an amazing place and a perfect way to spend Black Friday instead of in a bustling crowd.
    I wish I lived near enough to go there.

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