Though now commonplace, acting was condemned in colonial times as "public lying," with offenders being yanked off the streets with novelty-sized shepherd's crooks. Embrace vaudevillainy with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two adult tickets to a Theatre Series show at the Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin.
Vaudeville charm and historic architecture embrace each Festival Theatre audience member in the 94-year-old Auditorium Theatre, which hosts a series of theatrical performances as well as concerts and child-friendly performances. Upcoming performances include Once Upon a Mattress, the show known for thrusting Carol Burnett into stardom with an off-kilter take on a popular fairy tale, and the two-man show The Mystery of Irma Vep, where two brave actors become eight separate characters, who then divide into visually stunning parabolas. The Lady with All the Answers stars Meg Merckens in a one-woman examination of the work of Ann Landers, and during the holiday season, Inspecting Carol follows a small theater company's comedic struggles to produce A Christmas Carol.
Built in the early 1900s, the theater has strived to maintain its original atmosphere through careful renovations and high-tech NASA-sourced air locks. The theater's downtown location offers a beautiful scene of the St. Croix River.