Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 5 pm

Saturday, May 22, 2021 @2 pm

Sunday, May 23, 2021 @ 4 pm

Audience size will be limited.  Information on how to purchase socially distant ticket blocks will be available soon.  Masks and safety protocols will be followed.

Available to Stream

May 28 at 6:00 PM-May 29 at 6:00 PM

June 5 at 6:00 PM-June 6 at 6:00 PM

June 12 at 6:00 PM-June 13 at 6:00 PM

Each download will be available for 48 hours from the activation time. Search 'VISTA Productions' on the site.

This poignant story set in 1920 on Park Rapids farmland will be performed outdoors on the Visitation Convent grounds.  The musical version was beautifully created by the local creative team of Perrin Post (book), Laurie Flannigan Hegge (book and lyrics), and Dina Maccabee (music) and Inspired by the film Sweet Land by Ali Selim (STA ’79) and the short story A GRAVESTONE MADE OF WHEAT by Will Weaver.  There will be limited seating for the three outdoor performances and also opportunities to purchase access to the streamed production.

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VISTA's spring musical received many impressive honors from the Spotlight Music Theatre program which recognizes excellence in high school theatre programs.  Although it is not a competitive program it is much like going to state in a sport.  In an average year the VISTA company would be invited to perform a medley from the show on the State Theatre stage.  Because of Covid the Spotlight Showcase the event will be held on Hennepin Ave in front of the State Theatre with limited in-person participation.  Our very own Lizzie Nelson is one of the finalists for the 20/21 Technical Award.  Lizzie was chosen from students across the state and it is a very high honor.  She will be on the production team for the 20/21 Showcase so will be attending in person.  They will announce the winner at the event which is Tuesday June 15th 6:30-9:30.  If you wish to attend this virtual event here is the link: http://hennepintheatre.nonprofitsoapbox.com/spotlightshowcase2021rsvp



VISTA Productions Spotlight Honors for Sweet Land the Musical


Outstanding Achievement Honors

     Overall Production

     Ensemble Performance


Outstanding in Technical Leadership

     Run Crew

     Overall technical team

     Sound Crew

     Lizzie Nelson as sound designer

     Noelle Wang as Deck Captain

     Amaia Walsh as Stage Manager

     Vickey Do as Stage Manager


Outstanding performance in a leading role

     Laura Breyen as Inge


Honorable Mention Honors for the production

     Overall Performance

     Vocal Performance


     Honorable mention in a leading role     Christopher Peters as Olaf

     Honorable mention in a supporting role   Jane McMahon as Brownie


Evaluator Shout-outs

     Charlie Treacy as Frandsen

     Edie Weinstein as Auctioneer/Clerk

     Ava Raiter and Sophia Kyba as Aurora Borealis Dancers

Previous Live Streams




OCTOBER 9 - 22, 2020

Join History Theatre from the comforts of your home to stream this "beautiful story of love, community, and connection to the land." (Cherry and Spoon). Inge Altenberg journeys to America to marry a bachelor farmer, sight unseen. But in the wake of WWI, Inge's German heritage turns her neighbors against the match. Don't miss what Talkin' Broadway called "a thoroughly human story of enduring love...one of the finest original works to appear on any Twin Cities stage over the past several seasons." 


A Three-camera archival recording of the 2017 premiere of Sweet Land, the Musical will be made available online from October 9-22, 2020.

Please consider buying a ticket for everyone viewing. We hope to cover our costs, pay our artists during this crisis and stay connected to you!

Book by Perrin Post and Laurie Flanigan Hegge

Lyrics by Laurie Flanigan Hegge

Music by Dina Maccabee

From the film Sweet Land by Ali Selim and the short story "A Gravestone Made of Wheat" by Will Weaver

Video Credit: Gary Bingner: President, Creative Director of Quasimodo Advertising

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