Family Movie Night at SSTC

SSTC, the Optimist Club, and the Film Society are excited to announce a special family friendly movie night featuring the 1989 classic, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” at State Street Theater Co. on Friday, April 19 starting at 6:30 pm.

When kids sneak into inventor Wayne Szalinski’s (Rick Moranis) upstairs lab to retrieve an errant baseball, his experimental shrink ray miniaturizes them. When Szalinski returns home, he destroys the device, which he thinks is a failure, and dumps it in the trash, throwing out the kids along with it. The four children, now 1/4-inch tall, must survive the journey back to the house through a yard where sprinklers bring treacherous storms and garden-variety ants stampede like elephants.

SSTC Family Movie Night made possible by the Optimist Club. The movie runs 93 minutes and is rated PG. Admission is $2.

Tonic Sol-fa Returns to SSTC

Tonic Sol-fa is a ground-breaking Minnesota acappella ensemble who will perform at State Street Theater on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m., 1 North State Street in New Ulm. The Emmy Award-winning ensemble is known as a leader in the world of vocal music for their arrangements and multi-million selling compositions.

Tonic Sol-fa began at St. John’s University in Central Minnesota and includes lead vocalist Shaun Johnson, tenor and vocal percussionist, Greg Bannwarth, baritone and percussionist/vocal percussionist, Theo Brown, and bass, Jared Dove. Together the group reached national prominence with appearances on NBC’s Today Show and in Newsweek magazine. Along the way, they shared the stage with a number of recognizable performers including Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy and Weird Al Yankovic. They were recently inducted in the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame alongside Prince.

Advance tickets for $20 are available at the New Ulm Chamber and New Ulm Hy-vee, and by clicking here. Day of ticket sales will also be available at the door for $25.

After the show enjoy an afterglow at Turner Hall for $10!

Afterglow includes: Choice of cheesecake or black forest cake, and a glass of wine or coffee.

Before the show, park your car at Turner Hall for convenient parking while at State Street Theater Co. Then return to Turner Hall for the afterglow! Show ticket is in addition to “Park & Afterglow” at Turner Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the New Ulm Chamber or online by clicking here.

Tax & gratuity is included in price. *Please call State Street Theater Co. with special dietary needs at 507-359-9990 or at statestreettheater@gmail.com.

An Evening with the Menagerie

On Saturday, May 4th, Director and Founder, Bob Wirtz, sons, Ted, and Jim and many more alumni will tell a story worth hearing, “An Evening With Menagerie.” We invite you to share one special concert night of new stories, familiar songs, and timeless fellowship with Bob and his kids at New Ulm’s State Street Theater, 1 North State Street, New Ulm, MN. The concert will begin at 7 pm.

Menagerie was a youth folk group that was community based and led by Bob Wirtz from 1970-2000, growing from 7 to nearly 700 members throughout the 30 years. Students practiced Wednesday evenings at Flandrau Beach House and performed at church services and social function around MN. Often times Bob Wirtz would drive the students himself to locations in a bus.

Tickets are $10 for ages 12 and up, $5 for ages 2-12, and free for those under the age of 2. Tickets can be purchased at the Bailey Creek Boutique, Hy-vee, New Ulm Chamber, or by clicking here. Tickets will also be available the day of the concert at the door.

Proceeds will benefit for State Street Theater Co.

Acting Classes with Luverne Seifert

Larval Masks
Inspired by the carnival masks of Basel in Switzerland, Larval masks are semi-formed beings that are naive, curious and vulnerable. An excellent tool for improvisation, these large simple geometrically shaped masks amplify gesture and movement, encouraging the actor to make clear physical choices to create a theatrical dynamic that is compelling to watch! Study with Luverne Seifert to learn how to use these masks to help create comedic characterizations for the stage. “Larval Masks” will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 1-3 pm. Click here to register.

Get on your feet and play!
Is a physical comedy workshop lead by Luverne Seifert. The workshop will explore creating comedic characters through games, clowning techniques and improvisation. All ability levels are welcome and encouraged! This workshop is non-stressful and heavy on fun! All ages welcome, from tweens on up. “Get on your feet and play!” will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 10 am to Noon. Click here to register.

Luverne Seifert, a professor at the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts and has also performed on stage at the Guthrie Theater, Arizona Rep Theater, Ten Thousand Things Theater, and Gremlin Theater.

All ages welcome, from tweens on up. Classes will be held at the State Street Theater. Cost is $25 per class.

SSTC Unplugged: Pop Wagner & Bob Bovee

Pop Wagner & Bob Bovee will join State Street Theater Co.  for their “Unplugged” series on Friday, May 31, starting at 7:30 P.M. The concert will take place on stage at the historic State Street Theater at 1 N. State Street, New Ulm, MN.  

Bob Bovee and Pop Wagner met in 1971 over a bowl of chili one winter’s night in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis. After dinner, they played some old-time music. They’ve been doing that off and on ever since. On their first “tour” together they traveled by thumb and boxcar through eleven western states covering nearly 5,000 miles, stopping along the way to play in folk clubs and taverns and on street corners.

A Wagner-Bovee performance offers a generous dose of authentic cowboy songs, plenty of square dance tunes and other instrumental numbers, country blues, comic and sentimental songs of the south, and perhaps an original or two. The two are likely to also throw in a cowboy poem and some of Pop’s lariat spinning, along with history, folklore and jokelore.

Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, New Ulm Hy-Vee, and online at by clicking here. Tickets will also be available the day of the concert at the door for $15. Doors will open at 6:45 P.M.