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4/3/2013 11:48:00 AM
Syverson cast in lead role
Callie Syverson will be back on the stage at Minnesota State University Mankato starting next week when she stars in the lead role of "Elle Woods" in the movie-to-Broadway musical Legally Blonde.
Syverson, a junior at MSU Mankato, is the daughter of Tom and Trish Syverson of Windom. This latest starring role just adds to her already impressive theatrical resume.
The 2010 Windom Area High School graduate is a junior BFA musical theatre candidate who made her MSU Mankato debut in Chicago. She also performed in The Producers, Rent and The Phantom of the Opera.
In addition, she was seen earlier this season as "Val Clark" in A Chorus Line, for which she received an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nomination, then earned finalist honors at the Region V Festival in January.
Her most recent role was "Wendla" in Spring Awakening, which was presented earlier this year.
You may remember she made a stop at Winfair Elementary in 2011 with the MSU Mankato children's theatre touring production of Iktomi and made her HST debut as "Maria" in The Sound of Music last summer.
Syverson also received the 2012-13 Phyllis and Clif Kroon Musical Theatre Scholarship.
Her latest role of sorority star Elle Woods, is a character who doesn't take "no" for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and sets out to go where no Delta Nu sorority girl has gone before: Harvard Law School.
Along the way she proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
The production, which is making its MSU Mankato debut, is based on the movie of the same name, which starred Reese Witherspoon in the lead role.
If you're interested in seeing Callie in the lead role, the show will be staged April 11-13 and 18-20 with 7:30 p.m., performances each night. There are also 2 p.m. matinees on April 20 and 21.
The production will be performed in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts on the MSU Mankato campus.
Tickets are $22 regular, $19 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more. However, discounted tickets may be purchased through the box office only.
Tickets also are available online at MSUTheatre.com, or from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.
To order tickets, or for more information, call (507) 389-6661.
Beer Can Baseball
I receive some interesting mass e-mailings over the course of a week, most of which are promptly deposited in the e-mail trash can.
But one such spam mail caught my attention: "Beer Can Baseball."
OK, before anyone starts jumping to conclusions, I'm not a beer drinker - never have been, never will be. And, despite its name, Beer Can Baseball is not a drinking game, according to the game's co-founder Tom Miller.
"The name of the game originated when co-founder Craig Fogel and I were sitting around at home watching a low-scoring baseball game several years ago while enjoying a few beers," Miller explains. "We were trying to figure out a way to make the game more fun for us and started predicting what the hitters and pitchers would do. From that was born the original version of Beer Can Baseball!"
The "game in a can" comes complete with everything players need to enjoy the interaction of a live baseball game while playing the odds on if the batter or pitcher will be victorious each inning.
Miller and Fogel launched the new "Second Season Edition" of the game on Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season Monday.
The creators claim the game is "simple, fun and enhance the overall professional baseball game experience." They say the game can be played at home, or in social settings such as bars, restaurants, college dorms or parties - anywhere live baseball games might be broadcast.
However, the game isn't scheduled for shipment until the All-Star break in July.
Now, I've checked out their website, but haven't seen much more than a set of playing instructions, some chips, dice and some brief explanations of how the game works.
It apparently was test-marketed in the hometown of baseball, Cooperstown, N.Y.
It seems like a pretty simple game - and maybe one you could even make yourself. But if you're interested, check it out at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pastimesports/beer-can-baseball.
Let the games begin.

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