Get Your Tickets to a Revolutionary Theater Season

By Erica Wacker

Corteo by Cirque du Soleil Minneapolis
"Corteo" by Cirque du Soleil, in Minneapolis Nov. 8-11

Don’t throw away your shot to be part of this fall’s theater season, one of Minnesota’s most exciting in years. While the revolutionary “Hamilton” has come and gone, there are plenty of other musicals, plays and special performances worthy of a standing ovation.

In Minneapolis, Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena production, “Corteo,” will have a limited, six-performance run at the Target Center, Nov. 8-11. Cirque du Soleil has wowed audiences around the world since its humble beginnings as a Quebecois performance troupe in the early 1980s, and its shows continue to provide a mesmerizing, dreamlike escape from everyday life.

This season is also a spectacular one for the youngest theatergoers. In Minneapolis, the renowned Children’s Theatre Co. presents two culturally aware plays: “Last Stop on Market Street,” based on the Newberry Award-winning book by Matt de la Pena (Sept. 15-Oct. 21); and “I Come From Arizona,” the story of a high school girl discovering her heritage (Oct. 9-Nov. 25).

Other family-friendly plays include “Pride and Prejudice Jr.” in Faribault (Oct. 5-6); “Pinocchio” in Grand Rapids (Oct. 30); “Beauty and the Beast” (Nov. 29) at the beautifully restored NorShor Theatre in Duluth; and three shows at Stages Theatre Co. in Hopkins, kicking off with “Charlotte’s Web” (Sept. 21-Oct. 21).

For a chance to win tickets to upcoming performances, enter the Explore MN Theater sweepstakes, running Nov. 1-30, at

Find more upcoming performances in the arts calendar, or search for performing arts groups and venues statewide.