Mission: Our mission is to provide quality, hands-on, educational, and fun experiences for all ages in all aspects of community theater production and management. We offer these experiences to our members and the general public in the belief that participation fosters learning, interaction, sharing, and fellowship and nurtures an environment that is welcoming and inclusive. We encourage meaningful interaction among individuals of all ages in a manner that enhances independence, creativity, and understanding.
Results: We provide a children’s theatre workshop every summer to fill the gap in arts activities available during developmental years. We provide full-length plays or musicals nearly every year to provide cultural activities in our under-served area.
Target demographics: As described in our Mission Statement, we target all age groups with the goal of encouraging intergenerational activity.
Direct beneficiaries per year: varies: 250-2000
Geographic areas served: Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota, and Rainy River, Ontario
Pequana Playhouse does an amazing job when you consider the small population base from which to draw for performers, crews, audiences, and administrative activities, not to mention the fact that directors and accompanists are paid almost nothing and everyone else nothing at all.
Pequana was born in 1982-83 in a tiny town in northern Minnesota (six hours to drive to or from Minneapolis/Saint Paul). It's nearly as far north as you can get and still be in the United States. Not many people live there, but it has been possible to assemble casts of 50 people for ambitious works such as "The Music Man", "Fiddler on the Roof", "The Miracle worker", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "The Sound of Music", and more.
Audiences comment frequently on the skill and talent of the performers and crews. I've heard people from metropolitan areas remark that the show they saw here rivaled professional performances they had seen at home.
I'm proud to be able to say that I've been a supporter and of Pequana for more than 25 years; I was present at its birth.