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“Page & Stage” Program from Anoka County Library and Lyrics Arts Theater: The Red Velvet Cake War

Date: May 6th, 2014

Anoka County Library, in partnership with the Lyric Arts Theater, is pleased to offer a “Page & Stage” performance of The Red Velvet Cake War on Sunday, June 8, 2014, beginning at 12 p.m. at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.  Lyric Arts Theater is located at 420 E. Main Street in Anoka.  
In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, written by Hope, Jones, and Wooten—also known for The Dixie Swim Club and Hallelujah Girls—the three Verdeen cousins could not have picked a worse time take over planning the family reunion, but they can’t back out now. And, unfortunately, they face an uphill battle as a parade of wildly eccentric Verdeens gather on the hottest day of July, smack-dab in the middle of Texas tornado season.  You’ll wish your own family reunions were this much fun!
“We’ve all heard about family reunions where things got a bit out of hand, but you’ll be laughing out loud when you see the Verdeen family antics,” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West. “This is a great opportunity to laugh ‘til you cry, and learn more about how the performance comes together.”
Participants will receive a copy of the script and a study guide to prepare for the pre-show discussion.  Lyric Arts staff will facilitate the discussion of the script, its characters, and “what to look for” in the performance.  Participants will enjoy the performance of The Red Velvet Cake War and then stay for a post-show discussion where the cast and director hold a question and answer session with the audience.
“Enrich your understanding of this family comedy by attending the Page and Stage event,” said Library Board Vice President Melanie Keister.  “Gain insight into the art of live theater while enjoying an afternoon filled with laughter.”
The program is open to ages 15 and older.
Registration is required and seating is limited.
Registration begins May 15th. To register for this free event, contact Lyric Arts’ Education Director Cassandra Proball at 763-233-0804 or and mention the Anoka County Library “Page and Stage” program.  Participants must register by May 30th and are expected to take part in all aspects of the program, including pre-show and post-show discussions.
This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  For more information about Lyric Arts Theater, visit