When visiting Minnesota, groups have the opportunity to experience some of the finest singing, dance and theater productions in the country. Minneapolis-Saint Paul boasts more theater seats per capita than any other U.S. city outside New York. The Twin Cities and other cities around the state offer a variety of venues, including Broadway performance centers, dinner theaters, theaters that focus on showcasing local actors, even a month-long theater festival. Some of the popular venues:

Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is a Tony Award-winning theater that has received recognition for theater performance, production, education and professional training. The nationally acclaimed repertory theater made its debut in 1963. In 2006 a new state-of-the-art building was constructed along the Mississippi River housing three different theaters with cumulative seating for 1,999 guests. Unique features include a thrust stage, a black-box studio and a 178-foot cantilevered bridge. Private backstage tours are available for groups of 15 people or more. Tours with an architecture focus can be booked. Live performances this season include Heaven, Arms and the Man, Arsenic and Old Lace, In the Red and Brown Water, How Do They Do That: God and Orla Fallon. Workshops focusing on how a production develops, from rehearsals to costume fittings to staging, can also be arranged. (612-377-2224, guthrietheater.org).

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