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Theatre L'Homme Dieu announces 2019 season lineup

Nicole Mulder, executive director of Theatre L'Homme Dieu, announces the stage productions and concert series lined up for the theatre's 59th season, Tuesday at Garden Bar on 6th. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)1 / 5
Six Appeal is a vocal ensemble group that won a world a cappella contest at a Russian festival this year. They will play two shows at TLHD in August 2019. (Contributed)2 / 5
Christmas carolers from the Alexandria Area High School music department entertained diners at TLHD's season announcement party Tuesday. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)3 / 5
Minnesota storyteller and playwright Kevin Kling will be crafting a show for Theatre L'Homme Dieu next July. (Contributed)4 / 5
Shapeshift Theatrical combines hip-hop with lyrical dance and will perform at TLHD July 9-13, 2019. (Contributed)5 / 5

A new production from the Church Basement Ladies, playwright/storyteller Kevin Kling, dance and romantic comedy productions, and a concert series featuring the return of Six Appeal and tributes to Glen Campbell and Neil Diamond will all be part of the 59th season at Theatre L'Homme Dieu.

Executive Director Nicole Mulder revealed its 2019 theater and concert series lineup Tuesday night at a season announcement party at Garden Bar on 6th in Alexandria.

She said they are shifting the matinee shows from Sunday afternoon to Thursday afternoon, making for two shows on Thursdays. The productions will run from Tuesday through Saturday, with evening shows at 7:30 p.m. and the matinees at 1:30.

"Our goal is to fill Fridays with food trucks," she said, noting they would be available for theater-goers and those who don't attend a show. "We want people to enjoy our campus."

Ticket prices are remaining the same in 2019.

"We have not raised our prices in several years," Mulder said, crediting sponsors and other support the theater receives.

Theater series

There are five productions, the first of which (for June 25-29) will not be announced until spring. The other shows are:

• "Grey Skies Blue," by Shapeshift Theatrical, July 9-13. Billed as a fusion of hip-hop and contemporary dance with theater, it features 10 dancers exploring themes of family, race, love and betrayal. The St. Paul dance company has played New York City's Lincoln Center, Mulder said, and some dancers were part of the Michael Jackson show at TLHD. The appearance in Alexandria will kick off an international tour, she said. It is the only one of the four announced productions to not include a matinee.

• "Til Death: A Marriage Musical," July 16-20. A romantic comedy, it stars two real-life married couples. In the show, one couple is in a marital midlife crisis, sharing a cabin with a couple on their honeymoon. "Will their marriages last ... the weekend?"

• "TLHD Presents Kevin Kling," July 23-27. The acclaimed playwright and storyteller, Kling has developed a wide fan base in his native Minnesota, and also provides commentaries for NPR's "All Things Considered." He will be working closely with the theater over the coming months to customize a show for the Lakes Area audience.

• "Church Basement Ladies 7: You Smell Barn," Aug. 6-10. Closing the theater's season is a new rendition of the "basement" series, this time with a story celebrating rural life in the 1950s with original songs.

Concert series

In addition to the big productions, Theatre L'Homme Dieu has lined up three concerts, all with 7:30 p.m. show times:

• "I Am, He Said," Matt Vee's celebration of the music of Neil Diamond, July 5. Vee, nephew to 1960s pop star Bobby Vee, will be joined on stage by Bobby's sons Jeff and Tommy for a tribute to Diamond, whose hits span five decades and include, "Cracklin' Rosie," "Sweet Caroline," and countless others.

• "A Salute to Glen Campbell," by Jeff Dayton, July 31. Dayton, who lives in Nashville, was bandleader and guitarist for Campbell for 15 years, and he will share stories and play many of Campbell's hits, which include, "Gentle on My Mind," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" and "Rhinestone Cowboy," among several others.

• Six Appeal, Aug. 14-15. After making its area debut this year at the theater's summer soiree fundraiser, the six-man vocal ensemble group is returning for two shows. They play about 150 concerts a year, and this year won first place in a world a cappella vocal band contest in Moscow where they competed with 180 groups from 16 countries.

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