Shows

2008 – Fleeced: You Reap What You Sow

BareBones Halloween Poster 2008

Poster Graphics by Tou Cha The Fifteenth Annual BareBones Halloween Extravaganza Co-Directed by Soozin Hirschmugl and Arwen Wilder October 25, 26, 31 & November 1, 2008 The 2008 BareBones Halloween Extravaganza was based (loosely) on the tale of Jason and the Argonauts featuring a wild pack of dogs, stilted harpies, fire-breathing bulls, and some hard questions…

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2007 – As Muck Would Have It

The Fourteenth Annual BareBones Halloween Extravaganza Poster Graphics by Tou Cha Co-Directed by Maren Ward, Lindsay McCaw, and Adam Cook October 27, 28, 30, & 31, 2008 Our beloved Mississippi River was the source material for this year’s Halloween Show. In a departure from past years’ stories, we’re presenting a literal stream of imagery inspired…

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2006 – The Uninvited Guest

BareBones Halloween Card 2006

BareBones Productions’ 13th Annual Halloween Harvest Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza Co-Directed by Soozin Hirschmugl and Maren Ward October 28-31, 2006 The Uninvited Guest was based on The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe. Prospero is hosting a party in the fortress of freedom where those of wealth are invited to seek refuge from the…

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2005 – Foretold: It's Your Funeral

Barebones Productions 12th Annual Halloween Show, a community created outdoor pageant of larger than life puppetry, costumed characters, originally composed live music, singing, dancing, stilt walking, and pyro-artistry. Co-Directed by Daniel Polnau and Maren Ward October 29-31, 2005 FORETOLD: It’s Your Funeral takes place in Deadstown, a river ghost town that never sleeps. Long-sighted Divinators…

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2004 – Warped: A Tale of Loom and Doom

Barebones Halloween Fire Stilters 2004

The Eleventh Annual BareBones Halloween Extravaganza Co-directed by Maren Ward and Soozin Hirschmugl October, 2004 Have a memory you’d like to share about this show? Use the comments box below. If you were involved in this production, but don’t see your name and would like it listed, send us a message from our Contact page.…

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2003 – Soothsayer: A Radical Fairy Tale

barebones soothsayer

The Tenth Annual BareBones Halloween Extravaganza Directed by Crystalline Ruby Muse October 29, 30, 31, 2003 Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul This activity was made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature. Have a memory you’d like to share about this show? Use…

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2002 – Bonedoggled

The Ninth Annual BareBones Halloween Extravaganza October, 2002 Our story this year was inspired by the southwest myth of The Bone Gatherer, a crone who wanders the earth, collecting bones until she finds even the smallest bone – the tiniest tip of the wolf’s tail – over which she dances and calls forth the energies…

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2001 – Petrafied: A Puppet Fairy Tale

The Eighth Annual BareBones Halloween Extravaganza October 29, 30, 31, 2001 At the time the largest pageant to-date, “Petrafied” was staged in Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis. Something is wrong in the Court of the Dead. The King of the Dead is tricked into eating the Seed of Life and vomits a magical baby’s head that…

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2000 – Inanna's Dissent

The Seventh Annual BareBones Halloween Extravaganza October 31, 2000 This year’s show was inspired by the ancient Sumerian myth of the descent of Inanna, in which Inanna, the Queen of Heaven and Earth travels to the underworld to learn the mysteries of death. To reach the great below, she must pass through seven gates releasing…

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1999 – YDeKay: It's a Dung Deal

The Sixth Annual BareBones Halloween Extravaganza October 30 & 31, 1999 · Minnehaha Falls Park, Minneapolis This was BareBones Production’s most expansive show to-date and was the 2nd performance staged at Minnehaha Falls Park in Minneapolis. As threats of Y2K loomed, BareBones faced the threat of eco-collapse and considered the process of decay as an…

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