Your weekend arts forecast


Things are going to get ugly... Dean Holt and Reed Sigmund star as the stepsisters in "Cinderella" at the Children's Theatre Company. Photo by Ann Marsden

The Children's Theatre Company is taking the fairytale classic "Cinderella" and giving it a shot in the arm. Artistic Director Peter Brosius is mounting the play in the style of English "panto," which involves lots of physical comedy, gags, and men cast as women.

To that end Reed Sigmund and Dean Holt have been cast as Cinderella's 'ugly stepsisters' Dorcas and Pearl. Sigmund is known for his roles in "A Year with Frog and Toad" and "Bert & Ernie, Goodnight!" (he was Ernie). Holt won an Ivey award for his Charlie Chaplin-esque performance in CTC's "Reeling." Joe Chvala, founder of Flying Foot Forum, choreographed the show.

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The Martha Graham Dance Company brings Clytemnestra to the Northrop Auditorium tomorrow night. Fifty years after its premiere, the psychodrama is still deemed a masterpiece of 20th Century American modernism.

The shapes and structures of the set ar emeant to evoke the inner spaces of the mind and memory, accentuating dramatic scenes of betrayal, revenge, murder, and reconciliation.

The Minnesota Orchestra presents an evening of Sibelius, Mendelssohn and the world premiere of a new work by English composer Sally Beamish. Beamish's "The Song Gatherer" will be performed by guest cellist Robert Cohen, for whom it was written.

Form and Content Gallery hosts a reception for the artists in its exhibition "Calling All Angels" Saturday night from 7-9pm. It's described as an exploration of the mysterious line between the here and the hereafter - and our complex relationship with memory and loss. The show features the work of Camille J. Gage, Anders Nilsen and David Everett.

Check back tomorrow to find out what the Art Hounds are up to, and on Friday I'll have a look at the Jungle Theater's production of "The Seafarer" which also opens this weekend.