Arts Briefs for the week of Sept. 1

‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ in Burnsville

A new touring production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage” by Charles M. Schulz performs Sunday, Nov. 19, at Ames Center in Burnsville. Performances are 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the neighborhood Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry when he selects a tiny fir tree for the production. It’s up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday.

The production features music by Vince Guaraldi, performed by a three-piece ensemble on stage, as well as a concert of holiday carols led by the Peanuts characters.

Tickets are $30-$40 at the box office, 800-982-2787 and Ticketmaster.com.

Ballet Royale to have registration open house

Ballet Royale Minnesota will have its Registration Open House 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 6 at 16368 Kenrick Ave., Lakeville.

Students can register for the fall term during the open houses, as staff will be on hand to answer questions about the diverse range of classes and programs offered and provide tours of the state-of-the-art facility.

For more information: http://balletroyalemn.org or contact: Rick Vogt at [email protected].

‘A Minnesota Nutcracker’ audition

Auditions for Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota’s upcoming production “A Minnesota Nutcracker” will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ballet Royale Minnesota, 16368 Kenrick Ave., Lakeville.

Auditions for all levels, all parts:

11:30 a.m. to noon: Registration for students ages 7-12

noon to 12:30 p.m.: Mandatory parent meeting for parents of all students auditioning for the Nutcracker

12:30 to 1:15 p.m.: Audition for ages 7-12; registration for ages 13 and older

1:30 to 2:45 p.m.: Audition for ages 13 and older

For more information: http://balletroyalemn.org or contact: Rick Vogt at [email protected].

Twin Cities Ballet preview performance

Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota will have its annual company preview performance and reception Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. to celebrate its new season and welcome its new and returning professional company members and apprentices.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information: http://balletroyalemn.org or contact: Rick Vogt at [email protected]

Eagan Theater Company to have auditions for ‘Shrapnel in the Heart’

The Eagan Theater Company will be holding auditions 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13 for its upcoming performance of “Shrapnel in the Heart” by Laura Palmer at Rasmussen College, 3500 Federal Drive, Eagan.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the dedication of the National Vietnam Memorial known as “The Wall.” “Shrapnel in the Heart” is a play based on letters and poems left at The Wall in memory of those lost in the war. It gives voice to the haunting, painful, tender, and healing tales of those lost in America’s least popular war.

The show will be performed by monologues and vignettes adapted from the book.

Performances will take place Nov. 9-11, in Eagan. However, it is the company’s intention to make this a traveling show to be performed at VFWs, American Legions, VA Hospital, and/or other locations.

Rehearsals begin late September. Tech week will be Nov. 6-13. Veterans are encouraged to audition.

Sign up for Tuesday, Sept. 12, at http://tinyurl.com/y9co9lbp.

Sign up for Wednesday, Sept. 13, at http://tinyurl.com/y79lsafl.

Questions can be directed to Ken Coy at [email protected] or visit the website www.etc-mn.org.

St. Joseph’s Harvest Festival is Sept. 15

St. Joseph Catholic Church’s annual Harvest Festival will be Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Rosemount church.

Both nights offer a chance to win prizes with bingo, raffles and pull tabs.

A craft fair will be open, also during both nights.

Children’s activities include carnival games, an inflatable obstacle course and more.

Friday night features an Ocktoberfest theme from 6-10 p.m. and includes brats, pretzels and more for purchase, a beer hall sponsored by Celts and live music by The Jolly Zuks Polka Band.

The celebration continues on Saturday at 5 p.m. when the Rev. Paul Kammen leads an Irish Mass.

After Mass, starting at 6 p.m., patrons can enjoy a chicken dinner, the beer hall and Irish music by The Legacy Band.

The dinner includes broasted chicken provided by Broaster Catering, mashed potatoes, dressing, carrots, coleslaw, dinner rolls, and dessert. The cost for the chicken dinner is adults $12 , kids $6, family pack $42, and take-out $12.

Admission and parking are free on both days with a moderate charge for food, bingo, raffles and games.

The Church of St. Joseph is located at 13900 Biscayne Ave. W.

For more information, call 651-423-1658 or visit stjfestival.org.

Rosemount Country Fair is Sept. 16

The Rosemount Country Faire, which will feature award-winning authors, artists and artisan foods, will be held indoors and outdoors at the Rosemount Steeple Center 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16.

The event will include music and free children’s activities throughout the day. A free ice cream social and ice cream floats will be served 1-3:30 p.m.

The Steeple Center is located at 14375 S. Robert Trail.

The event is sponsored by the Rosemount Area Arts Council and The Friends of the Robert Trail Library.

More information is at www.rosemountwritersfestival.com.