Minnesota Centennial Showboat
U of MN Centennial Showboat Canceling 2015 Season
Financial impacts of 2014 floods still felt
Minneapolis-St. Paul (May 5, 2015)--The University of Minnesota’s College
of Liberal Arts and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance announced
today that performances aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat are being
suspended for the summer of 2015.
The Mississippi River flood during summer 2014 caused the cancellation of a
significant portion of last year’s performances. The resulting financial
shortfall, combined with deferred maintenance issues on the boat and the
razor-thin budgets common to most theaters, led to the decision to cancel
By pausing this year to explore financial restructuring and new potential
for programing partnerships, the University plans to come to a viable
solution for the future of the Minnesota Centennial Showboat.
The Minnesota Centennial Showboat's extends Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde through August 21 with additional evening performances on August 19, 20, and 21. Show your support for the Showboat and join us for our Closing with a Splash Finale on Friday, August 22. Tickets for the Finale are $100 which includes a $75 tax deductible donation to the Showboat.
NOTE: Tickets may also be purchased in person ONE HOUR before performance times at the Showboat on Harriet Island.
Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story is brought to life this summer. A runaway hit in the summer of 2002, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde recounts the haunting story of a good man whose body is capable of incredible evil. In a quest to find the monster terrorizing London, a cast of memorable characters discovers the unbelievable truth. A perfect melodrama of a love doomed by sacrifice, expect relief from the tension in our famous musical olios that will delight audiences from age 8 to 80. Read More »
Here comes the Showboat!
The Minnesota Centennial Showboat, the very definition of summer fun on the Mississippi! Board this floating palace, as thousands have, to enjoy traditional painted backdrops, footlights, and nineteenth-century stage magic – howling windstorms, rolling thunder, and ghostly apparitions. The Showboat, delighting audiences since 1958 with its annual crop of wonderfully talented young actors. Its scenic location, docked on Harriet Island right across from downtown St. Paul, provides the best river views in the Cities from its decks and public spaces.
Don't miss the signature event of a Minnesota summer. Bring your group, your family, your friends and get acquainted with the Showboat – a destination, a Twin Cities attraction, and the Greatest Theatre on Water!
The Showboat is known for its song and dance interludes spiced with fun gimmicks, colorful costumes and surprises, straight from the golden days of vaudeville.
Watch the creation of one of the Showboat's amazing scenic drops!
Plan your visit
FREE parking for cars and buses. Come by bike on the Lilydale Trail, or by boat. FREE dock on the island. The Showboat is completely accessible.
The Showboat plays Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., with 2:30 matinees on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. NO SHOW Sunday and Monday.
What People Are Saying
"It knocked my socks off!" – audience member
"Absolutely loved this show. The olios were hilarious and the cast was great. There's lots of audience participation and I left with a big grin on my face." – audience member
"Teenagers crack under their too-cool-for-school façade and actually enjoy the show." – Mpls St. Paul Magazine
"A talented cast plays the melodrama to the hilt." – TC Daily Planet
"Olios (song and dance routines) that stitch scenes together...are almost worth the price of admission themselves." – Star Tribune
Links to Press Coverage
City Pages (6-20-2013) "Olios are the Stars on the Showboat"
by Ed Huyck
Twin Cities Daily Planet (7-10-2014) State of the Arts "'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' flood the Minnesota Centennial Showboat with melodrama" by Bev Wolfe
Mpls St. Paul Magazine (7-3-2014 ) "REVIEW: Minnesota Centennial Showboat" by Stephanie Wilbur Ash