On Saturday May 18 PlaceBase Productions will pair with locals performers from the Upper Minnesota River Valley area to stage a one-of-a-kind Paddling Theater Production on the Minnesota River as part of Minnesota River History Weekend and Minnesota State Water Trails 50th Anniversary.
From their canoes, the audience will engage with stories, songs and characters from local river lore, presented both as live theatre and live-action radio drama in the original production: With the Future on the Line: Paddling Theater from Granite Falls to Yellow Medicine.
Characters from throughout history will emerge on the river's banks, to lead the audience on an interactive journey into the past, bringing the stories of the Minnesota River Valley to life like never before.
The audience will join the plot when river ruffians from Granite Falls round up a posse of paddlers to help steal the county seat from Yellow Medicine City. Along the way they will encounter vibrant scenes of river life, including a famous old paddleboat with its saucy crew, two star-crossed harvesters of river mussels, and a cantankerous pair of politicians from the rival town of Minnesota Falls. Other famous river personalities that day will include Jacques the Voyageur, Joseph Nicollet, Henry David Thoreau and many more!
The general public can be a part of this epic theatrical voyage on the Minnesota River by signing up for a spot in a guided 10-person voyageur canoe provided by Wilderness Inquiry or by bringing their own canoe or kayak. Register online at www.wildernessinquiry.org/cure.
Advanced registration is $10 for a spot in a voyageur canoe (only 160 spots available) and $15 on-site depending on availability. Self-supported paddlers have additional options and are also encouraged to register online.
Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have partnered with PlaceBase Productions (PBP) and Wilderness Inquiry (WI) to produce the Paddling Theater Production, as part of a larger weekend festival, Minnesota River History Weekend and Minnesota State Water Trails 50th Anniversary. The full event runs from May 17-19 and includes a Film Festival, Historic Exhibit, Disc Golf, Food and Live Music. For more festival information and schedule of events, visit www.cureriver.org.