The Normandale Play Project

Wonderlust worked with Normandale Community College to create a new play about the challanges, victories, struggles, and successes of the amazing Normandale Community College community.

Deeqa is homesick. Cameron is heartsick. Deshun insists that he isn’t afraid, and Anna wants to prove that she has a brain. Can they conquer the witch they’ll face in the magical world inside Normandale? Based on true stories from members of the Normandale community, and told as an epic adventure with music, movement, and theatre magic – Look Again: The Normandale Play Project follows Deeqa and her friends on a challenging journey toward their future.

More than 40% of the people who seek higher education are attending community college. Compared to four-year and other institutions, community colleges educate significantly more student who are also immigrants, the first generation in their family to attend college, and people of color. The Normandale Community College student population is 38% people of color. Overall, community colleges include advanced high school students, adult learners, workers seeking retraining, and so much more.

The theater department at Normandale is uniquely successful within this environment, and we’re honored that they produced the show we create together as the final show of their 2018-2019 season.

The stars of the Normandale Play Project

Deeqa is homesick. Cameron is heartsick. Deshun insists that he isn’t afraid, and Anna wants to prove that she has a brain. Can they conquer the witch they’ll face in the magical world inside Normandale? Based on true stories from members of the Normandale community, and told as an epic adventure with music, movement, and theatre magic – Look Again: The Normandale Play Project follows Deeqa and her friends on a challenging journey toward their future.

One weekend only! May 1-4 at 7:30 and May 4 at 2 pm. Tickets are $5-10.
Purchase tickets now.

All shows in the Premanand Fine Arts Theatre. (Enter at the west entrance, facing 98th Street. It’s labelled Fine and Performing Arts.) Call the Normandale box office at 952-358-8884 or visit their website for more information.

We have spent the last year on campus at Normandale Community College, sharing our community-driven process in order to create a new play about, by, and starring the community of Normandale at their 50th Anniversary. We hope you’ll join us for the culmination of this surprising journey because we’ve come to believe that these resilient, wildly diverse and resourceful students will be the ones who change our world for the better.

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Also, Enjoy these amazing songs composed and written by Becky Dale from lyrics and melodies by Alan Berks, students Kevin Bowles, Moemin Ebrahim, Alyssa Ehlen, Bennet Klingman, Shelby Lengyel, Garrett Loper, Ann Shields, and Bill Stevens.

1. At the end of Act I, our heroes look “behind the curtain,” past the stereotypes and myths that other people want to impose on them.

2. In the middle of Act II, during a school blackout, students and faculties face their inner fears and deepest wishes.

Wonderlust is in residency at Normandale Community College, gathering stories from students, faculty, and staff, to be blended together into a play for production in Normandale Theatre Department’s season next year. So far, we have been deeply inspired by a lot of stories of inclusion, determination, exploration, and deep learning taking place here at Normandale. Check out some photos from story circles below.

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Hi! Would you like to share your stories by filling out our online survey? Click HERE!

 

 

TELL YOUR STORY
ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES AT NORMANDALE

Wonderlust Productions is writing a new play about Normandale Community College, to be performed at Normandale next year. We want to hear your stories about what NCC means to you, what it feels like to be here, and what you experience as a Normandale Community College community member. If you are a student, faculty, staff, alumni, or administrator, if you have a relationship to Normandale and Normandale is a part of your life, we want to hear from you.
This is an opportunity to tell the stories that often get buried underneath sensationalism, overgeneralization and fear of speaking out. Join us for one or more of the story circles listed below. Even if you’re not sure you have a story to share, come anyway. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you hear, and what you discover you have to say.

Who can attend? Anyone who is in the Normandale Community. Students, faculty, staff, volunteers, alumni, administrators—if you think you are, you probably are. If you need transportation or any kind of accessibility services, let us know – we can help.

What are the rules? Share as much or as little as you want. Be a respectful listener to others in the circle. That’s all.

What will we do in this story circle? It’s simple. Mostly we tell stories, write down thoughts, and generally share experiences. We’ll have prompts for you in case you’re not sure what you might say. If you don’t feel like sharing, you can just listen. Nobody’s story or experiences will be used in the play directly like a documentary – they’ll be blended together into a fictional story (protecting the privacy and anonymity of those who share).

STORY CIRCLE DATES
Tuesday, October 2, 4-5:30
Wednesday, October 10 2-3:30
Friday, October 26 4-5:30

Location: Coming Soon

PLEASE RSVP HERE! Or email Alan Berks, co-Artistic Director, alan@wlproductions.org

Stay tuned for other ways to contribute, be involved, and shape this unique performance.

Who is Wonderlust Productions? Wonderlust Productions illuminates a community’s story through live performance, mixing community members from across generations, ethnicities, and perspectives, alongside an ensemble of professional actors, designers, writers, and directors. Recent productions include the In My Heart: Adoption Play Project, at Mixed Blood Theater in December 2016; the Veterans Play Project, which took place at Fort Snelling November 2013; and Our House: The Capitol Play Project at the Minnesota State Capitol in January 2018.