South Suburban Evangelical Free Church
12600 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley, MN 55124


The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit.  Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game! (MTI)



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Hello to TCHA’s Musical Theatre Community!

     The pandemic our world is navigating has impacted every area of our lives including the beautiful art of live performance.  My fellow leaders (Dana Piper and Michelle Whalen) and I have been discussing how we should plan for a fall musical in the midst of fluctuating social-distance regulations.  We are all in agreement that our mission is to find a way to create live musical theatre for a live audience.  That being said, our traditional method of producing musical theatre presents challenges and concerns during a time when large groups of people are not permitted to gather.

     As many of you know, it costs thousands of dollars to license the rights and rent scripts/music for a Broadway musical.  This price is on top of costs for costumes, venue rental, set construction, etc. Ticket sales are the biggest method of income for affording our musical productions.  My fellow leaders and I have come to the decision that putting on Hello, Dolly! would not be a financially responsible choice for our organization. The unfortunate reality is that we will likely be unable to legally fill the seats of the theater in addition to having a large number of actors on stage.  The last thing we want to happen is lose funds during this pandemic and be unable to produce a show next year.

     We are not cancelling our fall teen show, we are creatively adjusting to the challenging circumstances!  Instead of producing an expensive Broadway musical, we want to create a unique musical theatre production that will not only save licensing expenses, but allow for smaller-size groups to gather at once.  We are in the process of deciding what this concept looks like for our community.  That’s where you come in!  I have created a survey for you to share your opinions.

     Please let us know why you enjoy TCHA musical theatre productions and what you value from the experience of being involved in them.  Our goal is to create a new kind of theatrical experience that does not deny any of you the opportunities TCHA musical theatre provides!

     Also, please note that auditions will no longer be held the first week of June.  Auditions will be different than past years and more than likely conducted virtually via recording and sending videos.

     Our hope is that we will be able to produce the kids musical in January or February of 2021.

     I welcome and appreciate prayers during this time as we adapt and use the creativity God has given us!  Let’s not stop creating art even though times are challenging!


Hannah Jackson
TCHA Musical Theatre Director

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