It may be cold outside, but there are plenty of opportunities for entertainment inside where it is warm. Three different theatrical events are available for people to take in that showcase the talents of professionals - to those just taking the stage for perhaps the very first time.

Spring Grove Community Ed is hosting a day trip to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre for "Fiddler on the Roof." Spring Grove High School students are presenting "Lip Service" at a dessert theater and Spring Grove sixth grade students are all taking the stage for "Treasure Island."

"Fiddler on the Roof"

Spring Grove Community Ed is excited to be hosting a bus trip to see the classic musical of "Fiddler on the Roof" at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 8. "Fiddler on the Roof" has not been on the stage at Chanhassen for more than 20 years! They are celebrating their 45th anniversary by bringing back this all-time favorite production.

The story of "Fiddler on the Roof" takes place in the little village of Anatevka, where "Tevye, a poor milkman, is trying to keep his family's traditions in place. Yet, times are changing. And when Tevye's daughters want to make their own matches, he must choose between his own daughters' happiness and those beloved traditions that keep the outside world at bay. Yet it is Tevye's love of his family, pride and faith that help him face the dangerous forces in Anatevka which threaten to destroy the very life he and his fellow villagers are trying to preserve." (

The charter bus will be leaving from the Spring Grove ball diamond at 7:15 a.m. and returning approximately at 8 p.m. The cost of the bus trip is $95 which includes the charter bus, the meal at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, and the show ticket. Enjoy a relaxed dinner from their menu beginning at 11 a.m. with the curtain at 1 p.m.

The absolute deadline for reservations for this trip is Friday, Jan. 10. Unfortunately, no late reservations can be accepted because Chanhassen requires a count on that day. To reserve a spot for this high-quality theatrical performance, contact Community Ed coordinator, Lynn Anderson at (507) 498-3812.

"Lip Service"

Spring Grove High School students will be presenting the one-act comedy, "Lip Service" by Bradley Hayward at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 for the public and then the next day for the Subsectional One-Act contest at Rushford.

This half-hour production takes place at a romantic restaurant, Pardonnez Moi. Charlie is planning on proposing to Laura here. However, the quirky, inept staff complicates Charlie's plans, as the only kind of service they can really give is a whole lot of lip.

The drama club will be recreating the restaurant, Pardonnez Moi, for the public for their performance on the Jan. 24. It will be a dessert theater as "patrons" (audience members) of the restaurant will be served by drama club members dressed in costume and personalities that would similar to those in "Lip Service." Patrons will be able to order choices of dessert, milk, and coffee, which will be priced separately on a menu at their table. The patrons will receive a bill and are encouraged to tip their wait-staff as they deem appropriate.

Also, prior to curtain time, they will have a short pre-show teaser for their upcoming Night at the Improv that will be sometime in March. The Night at the Improv event will follow a ComedySportz format. The preview will consist of a few improv games that they have been practicing.

Admission for this special performance on the school's gymnasium stage is $5 for ages 12 and up and $3 for seniors and children under 12. The money raised from admission and the dinner theater will help fund the Drama Club's trip to Chicago in the spring. Doors will open on the Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. with the curtain at 8 p.m.

Cast members of "Lip Service" are Elliott Cross as Charlie, Kaitlin Bratland as Laura, Vivian Kampschroer as hostess, Sammi Boyd as paranoid waitress, Carrie Hagen as angry waitress, Colin Matzke as maîtres', Hank Hegge as old waitress, Lance Hegge as dumb waiter, Stine Myrah as table busser, Cameron Sylling as photographer, Mariah Edgington as violinist, Gabrielle Murphy as chef, and Rhiannon Skauge and Emily Guberud as patrons.

"Treasure Island"

The sixth grade class at Spring Grove Public School has been working diligently to perfect their acting, dancing and singing skills to bring this classic tale to life. They will tell this musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale (by Mary Donnelly and George L. O. Strid) of young Jim Hawkins and his adventures with pirates, pigaloos, and buried treasure.

Young Jim Hawkins longs for adventure. Along with his friends, Jaime and Molly, they go in search of buried treasure intrigued by a treasure map given to them by an old pirate, Billy Bones. They ask Squire Trelawney for help and he hires a ship and crew and they are off on their adventure with Long John Silver and his crew of pirates.

The entire sixth grade class participates in this musical that is under the direction of Rachel Storlie with music direction by Kristi Anderson. The students will perform for their fellow student body at 8:35 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 and for the public at 7:00 p.m. that same day.

This is sure to be an entertaining production as the students get a taste of what all is involved in a theatrical performance from learning lines and choreography, to creating costumes and personalities that match their characters.