If you've never been to the Cowles Center on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, it's worth a visit. This new facility opened in 2011 and joins the historic Masonic Temple (on the 8th floor of which resides Illusion Theater) and the old Shubert Theatre, moved to it's current location and renamed the Goodale Theater. Here are a few images from our tour of the building.
|6th floor rehearsal studio|
|barre and mirror in the 6th floor rehearsal studio|
|a studio on the 2nd floor overlooking Hennepin Avenue|
|the beautifully restored Goodale Theater|
|the stage is ready for Nutcracker (not so) Suite!|
|so many ballet slippers, and Barbie shoes!|
|a rack of costumes|
|more shoes! and professional fishnets!|
After the tour, we headed over to a nearby restaurant to have a beer and a chat with Bradley Greenwald. It was such a treat for my TCTB colleagues Kendra (Artfully Engaging) and Becki (Compendium) and I to talk to a legend of the local theater scene. Bradley talked about his start as a classically trained singer, and his work with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, where he learned more theatrical and movement skills. He humbly said that his range (he does comedy, drama, opera, musical theater, and everything in between) came from a desire to be employed, and a drive to learn new skills. He also talked about his interest in adapting work for the stage, including a residency with Open Eye Theatre to create a new work about the history of the neighborhood in which Open Eye resides (see also the gorgeous musical adaptation of Cyrano, C.).
Thanks to the Cowles Center for hosting us! A good time was had by all.