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Lac qui Parle Players

The Lac qui Parle Players, Inc. was formed in 1984 as a means to stimulate and encourage theatrical activities, providing local performers with opportunities to share their talents. Our rural community has been very supportive of the arts and events are well attended. Some recent projects include the popular Country Christmas Show, which has been running for over 15 years during the Christmas Season; Summer Shakespeare projects for high school and college aged youth; Community Musicals; and some smaller productions such as one-act plays and variety shows.

The committee is always looking for new members from local
and outlying areas. Contact us for more information.

 

History of the Building

The Prairie Arts Center, originally conceived by civic-minded members of the Madison Chamber of Commerce Cultural Affairs Committee, provides a place where art, drama, music and dance can flourish on the Minnesota prairie. It is located in the First Lutheran Church building, located on 506 6th Street.

Feeling a strong need to develop and display local talent,
residents donated the funds needed to purchase the building in 1973. After the financial arrangements were complete, the building was gifted to the City of Madison which maintains its facilities.

The committee purchased theater seats and made improvements to the building over the years. To update the lighting, they purchased and installed a new lighting console board in 1993. The building was reshingled in 1994. In 1999 and 2000 the seats were recovered and painted. To make summer rehearsals and productions more pleasant, air conditioning was installed in 2000. In 2001, a fire escape was added to the east side of the building. In 2002, a new bathroom on the main floor and a handicapped accessible ramp was installed. The city of Madison installed new carpeting starting at the front door and down the aisles in 2003. During 2005 and 2006, the city of Madison continued to show their dedication to the arts and allotted funds to the revitalization of the Prairie Arts Center. The building was sandblasted and repaired. Freshly painted signs and trim keeps the center in great repair. A revamping of the stage area offers performers more room to work.

Write-up courtesy of the Western Guard Newspaper, Madison 2007 Visitors Guide

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There is something uniquely wholesome about a community making its own entertainment. Performers grow personally and as a group and our audiences are proud of them and supportive of their efforts. Everyone likes to live in a great community, and happenings at the Prairie Arts Center make our community a richer place to live. There are ample opportunities for involvement: on the stage, behind the scenes, or in the audience. We are thankful for and proud of the strong history and commitment to theater arts that our community has. We welcome you to take part. Contact us for more information.