Escape Rooms & Haunted Door Maze

Navigate a terrifying labyrinth of ghouls and monsters in the Haunted Door Maze. Uncover clues and solve a series of puzzles to ultimately find the exit key to one of 3 Escape Rooms. Your wits will be tested this October when “ScaritageFest: Locked and Lost” premieres at the State Street Theater Company (SSTC) in New Ulm.

The Haunted Door Maze, designed and operated by more than 20 local actors and technicians, offers a twisted set of props and special effects populated with a ‘undead’ zombies and unrested souls ready to terrorize anyone coming their way.

“We’ve created a new maze layout and made it handicap accessible,” said Project Director Michael Koester. “Just be ready when you go in and know they are ready to scare you.” Admission is $5 for the Haunted Door Maze. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Large groups are welcome. Doors open at 7 pm.

With the growing demand for social play experiences, SSTC has added 3 Escape Rooms to “ScaritageFest”The Witch’s Parlor, Dr. Frankenstein’s Library and The Serial Killer’s Lock-Up (Age 16+, Signed Waiver).

Jennifer Deutz, Project  Director, states “The escape rooms test player’s critical thinking and puzzle solving skills.” Players, as a group or placed with others, are ‘locked’ in one of three escape rooms and are tasked with piecing together clues to find their way out.

Due to the overwhelming interest in the Escape Rooms, online reservations only are accepted. Tickets are $12.50 per Escape Room. College Night, October 30, tickets are $10 (IDs required). Use discount code SCARE18 when purchasing College Night tickets online at https://scaritagefest18.eventbrite.com/  All participants must sign a liability waiver for the event. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver. You can print, review, and sign your waiver by clicking here. Participants without waivers will not be admitted.

The State Street Theater is as creepy as it gets. It was actually a school auditorium that opened in 1938 and had an evil janitor, Walter, who was never caught and brought to justice. Is it he who haunts the halls of the theater to this day? Sometimes Walter has been seen in the Haunted Door Maze. Perhaps he may greet you when you exit the Escape Rooms?

The chillingly intense “ScaritageFest: Locked and Lost” is open on Fridays and Saturdays from October 19 through October 27. And on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 30 and 31. Hours are 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Bring a friend and expect to leave alone.

Divas Through the Decades

At the end of the day, whether with the Shopping Opener, Gnomemade Market, or fall cleaning, wind down with Divas Through the Decades. The Divas will perform at the State Street Theater on Friday, November 2 starting at 6:00 pm for desserts & drinks, and performance at 7:30 pm. Your ticket will include admission to the concert and a dessert bar. A cash bar will be available with the Chocolate Martini as the featured drink.

Divas Through the Decades is a musical tribute to some of the most influential female vocalists in American pop music, featuring songs from the 40’s, through today’s current hits! The show features music made famous by various Divas including Tina Turner, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Beyonce, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and many more.

Advance tickets at $15 can be purchased at the New Ulm Best Western, New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, New Ulm Hy-Vee, and online at by clicking here.

Acting Workshops

How to make strong acting choices and be dynamic on stage.
Have you ever wanted to audition for a theater production and thought, “I wish I had more experience.”  New Ulm Park & Rec and the State Street Theater are offering an Acting Workshop for Beginners. The aim is to give confidence to those who have always wanted to give acting a try and to help those who wish to sharpen up their acting chops. Classes will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 10 am to Noon, at the State Street Theater.

Preparing for the audition
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to do a monologue audition?  Or maybe you’ve prepared one, but want to be better at it? New Ulm Park & Rec and the State Street Theater are offering an Acting Workshop for performers who want to strengthen their audition chops. Classes will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 1-3 pm, at the State Street Theater.

Both classes will be taught by Luverne Seifert, a professor at the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts. Mr. Seifert has also performed on stage at the Guthrie Theater, Arizona Rep Theater, Ten Thousand Things Theater, and Gremlin Theater. Participants will have a chance to work on their skills at the workshop. All ages welcome, from tweens on up. No preparation necessary.  Just come to have fun! Cost is $25 per class. Interested? Sign-up by click here.

Christmas 1944

The Grand Center for Arts & Culture and State Street Theater present “Christmas 1944” on Friday, December 7,  7:30 p.m., featuring Patrick Dewane in a multi-media one-man show. 

Based on actual events, it is about a WWII American officer who miraculously liberates the Czech villages of his grandparents. Dewayne brings this archival material to glowing life as an enthralling, humorous and heartwarming tale of miraculous escapes and astonishing coincidences. This touching show runs from belly laughs to tears. Dewane takes on a dozen different roles as he powerfully recounts his grandfather’s journey from Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, and the end of WWII.

Tickets are $8 advance and $12 at the door and can be purchased at the The Grand Center for Arts & Culture, Chamber of Commerce, Hy-Vee, and online at https://xmas1944.eventbrite.com

The Nutcracker presented by the Mankato Ballet

Join the Mankato Ballet Company for opening weekend of “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, December 8 at State Street Theater in New Ulm, MN for this family friendly holiday tradition.

The Nutckracker and the Mouse King is a story written in 1816 in which a young girl’s favorite Christmas Toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.

Performances at State Street Theater will take place at 1pm and 5pm. Tickets for the performance are $20 adults, $15 students/seniors/military, and $12 for children ages 3-12 and can be purchased at the Best Western, Chamber of Commerce, Hy-Vee, and online at https://nutcracker-sstc.eventbrite.com. For further information, please contact us at statestreettheater@gmail.com or 507-359-9990.