By Beth Regener
It was a Saturday in October, and my husband and I were meeting friends in Lanesboro for what had been dubbed “Commonweal Day.” We were slated to see both the matinee show of The Clean House and the evening performance of Dracula: Prince of Blood – a double header. A great day was in store for us as we walked around the quaint historical town taking pictures, laughing, and enjoying great food at Pedal Pushers Café.
This wasn’t my first visit to Commonweal. Before I moved to the area, a good friend of mine told me about a show he was in down in Lanesboro called Souvenir. It was the first I’d heard of Commonweal, and I was intrigued. My husband and I spent a summer weekend in Lanesboro camping, taking in the views, and visiting the theatre. Our little getaway left a lasting impression: mesmerizing performances and a newly sparked interest to visit Commonweal again.
I wouldn’t get another opportunity until that now memorable day in October. And for me, that spark I felt before returned the moment I walked inside. I began to appreciate many more aspects of what makes Commonweal, well, Commonweal: the unique interior, the intimacy of the performance space, the intriguing scripts, and the spectacular production value.
Turns out, I wasn’t the only person who saw that. After that Saturday in October, I took one look at my husband, and that was it. We became season ticket holders and never looked back. The 2020 Season is very exciting, so if you haven’t yet, I highly encourage you to get you and your loved ones a Season Pass.
What really stood out to me were the people. Everyone was kind and engaging; it was as if they were all genuinely happy to see us. I started following Commonweal on social media (like you do), and I saw a post – a picture of some of the company members proudly and happily crowded around a young kid, smiling and supporting him in his play at his school. And I thought: Wow. These are professional theatre artists, wholeheartedly investing in their families and community. That is rare.
You would be hard pressed to find a professional theatre company that offers the whole package: great shows, a welcoming atmosphere, and generous people. Please consider joining my husband and me next season. We’d love to meet you! And most importantly, the artists at Commonweal would love to meet you, too.