Beauty and the Beast Auditions

“Be Our Guest!” when the Academy Award-winning film comes to life on stage at State Street Theater Co.

Open auditions for Beauty & the Beast will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23. Auditions will also take place on Saturday, May 25 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. All auditions will be held at the State Street Theater, 1 N. State Street (enter at Washington Street back parking lot, door #7).

We have a variety of roles available and encourage all ages are welcome to audition, including children. First-time actors are warmly welcome. Auditions will be a cold read from the script and singing. Rehearsals will take place from May through July. The rehearsal schedule will be determined on cast availability.

Beauty & the Beast is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI (MTIShows.com). The production is also made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Ballroom Classes Are Back this Summer!

State Street Theater Co. is excited to announce the return of Ballroom Dance Classes this summer. Classes will take place on Thursdays, starting May 23 from 7-9 p.m and run each Thursday through August 29. Those interested in joining the “Ballroom Dance for Beginners” class are welcome to come to one class, a few, or all.

Ballroom dancing for beginners will be taught by Gerhard Christ and offered at the State Street Theater. Classes will include introductions to the Foxtrot, English Waltz, Rumba, and Waltz. All dancers are asked to wear shoes with smooth (or leather) soles.

All ages are welcome, from 10 and up. Cost is $15 per class per couple or $10 for individuals. Classes will take place at State Street Theater Co., 1 North State Street, New Ulm, MN. Those interested can purchase classes online by clicking here. Participants can also come to class with payment. Please sign-up to let us know you plan to be there by clicking here.

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. 

The Whitesidewalls

The Whitesidewalls will perform at State Street Theater Co. on Friday, June 14, starting at 7 P.M. The concert will take place on stage at the historic State Street Theater at 1 N. State Street, New Ulm, MN.

Since their genesis over 45 years ago, The Whitesidewalls Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue has been the Midwest’s ultimate 1950s and 1960s rock & roll, rockabilly and doo wop show band, with a loyal fan base that continues to grow and show their support and love for The Whitesidewalls.

Featuring five singers from Minnesota and Wisconsin playing multiple instruments, the tight harmonies and driving dance beat of the Whitesidewalls are the signature of the popular Rock ‘n Roll Revue.

Advance tickets are $20 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 $25. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M. 

A Tribute To The 50th Anniversary Of Woodstock

American Pie, featuring Pat and Donna Surface, will perform at State Street Theater Co. with their “Tribute To The 50th Anniversary of Woodstock” on Friday, June 28, 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.  

This show is not a tribute to just one artist; it is a tribute to many—a celebration of the timeless music and beloved artists of the 60s that played at Woodstock 1969. American Pie will blast you back to August, 1969 with songs, stories, and dynamic video that vividly bring that historic event and tumultuous era back in focus.

“We are very excited about this show,” Donna Surface says. “I worked for Michael Lang, the producer of Woodstock, in New York City, and experienced first-hand the spectacle of Woodstock from behind the scenes. I met many of the rock stars that performed at Woodstock, and was deeply immersed in the culture and the music of that era. This show is not just about the music, but the back-stories of what became a phenomenon that could never be duplicated. There are so many cool stories in the show. One of my favorites is that Jimi Hendrix wasn’t Michael’s first choice to close the festival. Roy Rogers, ‘The Singing Cowboy,’ was. He loved Roy Rogers. Michael had this image of Roy Rogers galloping up on Trigger, hopping on the stage, and singing ‘Happy Trails’ to thousands of hippies. It didn’t happen because Roy Rogers’ manager thought Woodstock would be a waste of time.”

Advance tickets are $12.50 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.