Guthrie plans weekend-long anniversary celebration in June

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June 6, 2013
By: Gabrielle Martinson
Gabrielle Martinson
The weekend of June 22-23 includes two parties and a free family day at the theater

The Guthrie Theater will celebrate its 50th year with a weekend of events June 22–23.

The theater hosts a gala fundraiser featuring two separate dinners and a one-night only performance on Saturday. On Sunday, the Guthrie will be open to the public for a free Community Celebration Day.

For its Saturday night Golden Soirée, the theater is inviting 150 guests to attend a cocktail party on the set of Clybourne Park on the McGuire Proscenium Stage and a five-course meal by chef Tim McKee. The soirée also features live jazz music and a live auction.

That same night is Fête 50, a separate dinner open to 750 guests on floors four and five and the Endless Bridge featuring hors d’oeuvres and small plates with signature cocktails and wine.

The theaters has scheduled a Saturday night performance of BEHOLD on the Wurtele Thrust Stage, a show featuring locally and nationally acclaimed artists including Whoopi Goldberg, T.R. Knight, Tracy Bennett and Daniel Gerroll. The cast will perform scenes and songs from new and classic musicals and plays alongside a 12-piece orchestra.

After the performance, the Guthrie will hold a dance party in the Dowling Studio featuring Espade and Booka B from local DJ collective Wants Vs. Needs, and local R&B group Sonny Knight and the Lakers.

On Sunday, the theater will host a variety of activities for all ages including classes for both kids and adults, a behind-the-scenes backstage tour, a performance of the family-friendly show Millie and Tillie by Open Eye Figure Theatre, and a 5-kilometer run along West River Parkway behind the Guthrie.

The Sunday events are free and open to the public, except for the run, which requires a $25 registration fee. The cost to attend Saturday’s events is $5,000 per person for the Golden Soirée and $500 per person for the Fête 50. Call 225-6350 to purchase tickets.

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