Lyric Arts Main Street Stage

420 E Main St
Anoka, MN 55303

Custom workshopsSchool Day MatineeGetting there

Located in the heart of historic downtown Anoka, Lyric Arts Main Street Stage offers a full season of live theater, including musicals, dramas, comedies, and children’s productions as well as intimate live music events as part of their Music in the ‘Burbs Concert Series. The cozy 228-seat bowl-style theater with comfortable stadium seating ensures that there isn’t a bad seat in the house!

Lyric Arts’ lobby boasts a concession stand and bar, serving wine, beer, candy, soft drinks, fresh-popped popcorn, Caribou Coffee, and other hot beverages, all of which you can take right into the theater with you.

Box Office: 763-422-1838
Email: info [at] lyricarts.org

Homeschool workshops

Lyric Arts no longer offers workshops for indivdual homeschool families but does offer after-school workshops starting as early as 2:30pm. See below for information about scheduling custom workshops for your homeschool group:

Custom workshops

Take advantage of theatrical education at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage! Young actors build important real-life social skills like cooperation, creative problem-solving, and leadership while learning more about theatrical terminology and the artistic process of rehearsal and performance.

Lyric Arts will design a workshop or series of workshops to meet the needs and interests of students ages 2 and up), working with you to custom-tailor a program that works with your schedule and learning goals. Lyric Arts will provide the teaching artist, classroom and/or performance space, and all materials – including access to our sets, costumes, props, lights and more!

Example topics:

  • Acting
  • Audition Prep
  • Creative Play (PreK)
  • Improvisation and Sketch Comedy
  • Musical Theater
  • Private Coaching
  • Shakespeare (study and performance)
  • Spoken Word and Playwriting
  • Student Productions
  • Technical Theater and Design

Don’t see the topic you want? No problem! Lyric Arts has experience in designing a wide range of curriculum beyond the topics listed above.

Target age range: options for preschool through teens, most workshops require no previous experience

Minimum group size: 6
Maximum group size: 50

Cost per child/student: ranges from $5 to $10 plus ticket price if seeing a show
Cost per adult/educator: ranges from $0 to $10 plus ticket price if seeing a show

Sibling policy: All children in attendance must be enrolled in and meet the age guidelines for the program.
Parent/guardian/educator policy: Lyric Arts Main Street Stage seeks to create a safe space that encourages students to be creative and to build self-confidence. Adults observing in the room during the workshop can be distracting for all students. Observation may be allowed during the first day, with prior permission from the instructor. Parents are welcome to wait outside the classrooms in the halls. Please contact Education Director, Cassandra Proball, at 763-233-0804 regarding students with special needs.

For more information, contact Cassandra Proball, Lyric Arts Education Director at 763-233-0804 or cassandra [at] lyricarts.org.

School Day Matinee

Group ticket rates, tour/workshop field trips and workshops before or after mainstage performances.

Lyric Arts Company provides high-quality theatrical experiences with School Day Matinee performances of their “Mainly for Kids” productions. These selections are specifically designed to entertain students while introducing them to the performing arts and classic storytelling.

Cost per child/student: $8
Cost per adult/educator: $8, 1 free chaperone ticket for every 12 student tickets purchased

School Day Matinees are available for school bookings until 2 weeks prior to the start of the production. At that time, if tickets are available, they will be offered to the public at a cost of $10 per ticket.

Minimum group size: 10
Maximum group size: unknown

Reservations are for general seating. No tickets will be issued. Your reservation guarantees your seats. Seating in the theater is based on group size.

For more information, contact Cassandra Proball, Lyric Arts Education Director at 763-233-0804 or cassandra [at] lyricarts.org or visit lyricarts.org/school-day-matinees/

Getting there

Parking Information: Lyric Arts has its own free parking lot at the corner 5th and Main. Enter from the alley south of Main Street. Space is limited so we suggest arriving at least 30 minutes before show time. On-street parking is also available on Main Street, 4th Avenue, and Monroe Street (one block south of Main Street).

Driving Directions: Located at the corner of 5th Avenue and Main Street in Historic Downtown Anoka, approximately 30 minutes north and west of Downtown Minneapolis.

Information subject to change. Please check with Lyric Arts Main Street Stage for the most current information. Last updated on Mon, Aug 15, 2016.


Wait Until Dark
By Frederick Knott. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. Directed by Scott Ford.
Sep 9 – 25, 2016
Sam Hendrix returns from a business trip with a doll he innocently acquired along the way. As it turns out, the doll is actually stuffed with diamonds and a ruthless group of criminals want it back. When Hendrix is tricked into leaving for business, the con men make their move—and find his blind wife, Susan, alone in the apartment. A life-threatening game of cat and mouse ensues. This Broadway hit and masterfully constructed Tony© award-winning thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene.

Always...Patsy Cline
By Ted Swindley. Music by Patsy Cline. Directed by Zach Curtis.
Oct 14 – 30, 2016
Based on a true story, this fun-loving musical recounts the unlikely friendship between music legend Patsy Cline and her most devoted fan, Louise Seger. Visiting Houston for a show in 1961, Cline meets Seger, a Houston housewife, with her friends by coincidence when they arrive early for the show. The two remain pen pals until Cline’s untimely death, one fateful evening at the age of 30. With down-home humor and heartache, Always…Patsy Cline offers fans who remember her, a real life glimpse into her life featuring 27 of the star’s most-loved hits including “Crazy, Walkin’ After Midnight,” and “Sweet Dreams.” “A song-filled valentine,” says the LA Times, this beloved musical gives us an intimate glimpse into Patsy Cline’s legendary life through her unforgettable music.

A Christmas Story
By Philip Grecian. Based on the motion picture by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown,. and Bob Clark. Directed by Resident Director Matt McNabb.
Nov 18 – Dec 18, 2016
Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: “You'll shoot your eye out!” All the dryly-funny elements from the beloved motion picture by Jean Shepherd are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment licking a frozen lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios, and more. Remember the joy of being a kid at Christmastime again, because sometimes Christmas is about getting what you really want.

'Twas the Night before Christmas
By Ken Ludwig. Directed by Hannah Weinberg.
Dec 1 – 17, 2016
School Day Matinees: Thu Dec 8, Fri Dec 9, Thu Dec 15 and Fri Dec 16, for groups of 10 or more.
“‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” But wait! A mouse is stirring, because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say “Merry Christmas!” we're off on a wild adventure involving a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer. A tribute to the Christmas season by Tony© award-winner Ken Ludwig. It’s a grand adventure involving a heist, a duel with rapiers, some hip-hop, a squirt gun, a perilous airplane flight, and an elf’s stint as a secret agent. It’s a journey the whole family will enjoy — a fun-filled, joyous way to celebrate the holidays together.

Silent Sky
By Lauren Gunderson. Directed by Anne Byrd.
Jan 6 – 22, 2017
When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the late 1800s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. In her free time, Henrietta attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, while also taking measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. Described as “sheer magic … with bursts of smart, infectious humor” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Silent Sky is the true, startling, and entertaining story of a brilliant history-making woman told on an intimate scale.

The Drawer Boy
By Michael Healey.
Feb 3 – 19, 2017
It’s 1972 and Miles, an idealistic, ebullient young actor from Toronto, knocks on the door of an isolated farmhouse somewhere in rural Ontario. He hopes to move in with local farmers, Morgan and Angus, two middle-aged bachelor farmers, to watch and learn about their lives and write a play about them and country life. Morgan has taken care of his friend Angus, ever since he suffered a head injury during World War II. As Miles learns more about the two farmers, the nature of their extraordinary relationship comes to the surface. Hailed as one of the top ten plays of 2001 by TIME Magazine and winner of nearly every Canadian theater award possible, The Drawer Boy is a humorous and heartwarming play about the simple pleasures of friendship, storytelling, and remembrance.

Urinetown The Musical
By Greg Kotis. Music by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann. Directed by Matt McNabb.
Mar 10 – Apr 2, 2017
In a Gotham-like city, a 20-year drought has caused a terrible water shortage leading to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Winner of three Tony© awards, Urinetown The Musical is a hilarious satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theater itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown The Musical provides a fresh perspective of one of America's greatest art forms.

Revenge of the Space Pandas
By David Mamet. Music by Alaric Jans. Directed by Brian J Proball.
Apr 28 – May 7, 2017
School Day Matinees: Thu May 4 & Fri May 5, for groups of 10 or more.
Binky Rudich, his friend Viv, and his almost human sheep Bob, tinker with a two-speed clock with the idea that, as Binky says, “Time on Earth moves at the same speed all the time, but there is another speed, a slower speed, and if we could find it, everything would stand still on Earth and we would spin off.” And they do! To Crestview, Fourth World in the Goolagong System, ruled by George Topax and guarded by the Great Space Pandas. Pulitzer-prize winning playwright, David Mamet, pens this colorful children’s sci-fi fantasy full of vibrant characters and hilarious dialogue perfectly suited to Lyric Arts’ second annual Theater for Young Performers production.

Moonlight and Magnolias
By Ron Hutchinson. Directed by Adrian Lopez-Balbontin
Jun 2 – 18, 2017
1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, because the screenplay doesn’t work. So what's an all-powerful movie mogul to do? While fending off the film's stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time. “A rip-roaring farce,” says the NY Daily News of Moonlight and Magnolias, this production welcomes us as an insider to the dynamics of vintage Hollywood with hilarity and genuinely witty characters drawn with such affection we can’t help but cheer them on.

Anything Goes
By Russel Crouse, P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay. Music by P. G. Wodehouse, Cole Porter. Directed by Scott Ford
Jul 14 – Aug 6, 2017
Billy instantly falls in love with a beautiful girl he meets in a taxi. When he discovers she’s boarding the same London-bound ship his boss and co-worker Reno are boarding, he sneaks on himself. The beautiful girl is engaged to a stuffy British aristocrat, but that doesn’t stop the love-struck Billy. With the help of other passengers, Billy seeks to evade Reno, whose love he doesn’t return, and capture the heart of the girl of his dreams—all without hurting anyone’s feelings. Originally penned in 1934 with music and lyrics by American composer and songwriter Cole Porter, this musical comedy was revived on Broadway in 2011 and won a Tony© award for Best Musical Revival that same year. Widely considered the definitive musical comedy of the 1930s, the AM New Yorker calls it, “a giddy explosion of escapist romance, combining old-fashioned farce, extended dance breaks and light, breezy songs.”