2017-2018 Season

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Friday, January 12 @ 8 pm

Saturday, January 13 @ 7 pm

Sunday, January 14 @2 pm

Friday, January 19 @ 8 pm

Saturday, January 20 @ 7 pm

Sunday, January 21 @ 2 pm

Friday, January 26 @ 8 pm

Saturday, January 27 @ 7 pm

Sunday, January 28 @ 2 pm

"Leaving Iowa" 

A Comedy About Family Vacations

By Tim Clue and Spike Manton

We are truly excited to present this show because it provides a diversity of characterization for each of the actors/actresses included. “Leaving Iowa” is the perfect family show for people of all ages, and the story line is sure to hit home with you and make you laugh!

Leaving Iowa is a postcard to anyone who has ever found themselves driving along on a road revisiting fond memories of their youth. A middle aged, Boston news columnist, Don Browning, returns home for a christening. His mother finds his father’s long-missing ashes, and the guilt- laden Don, who had selfishly missed his father’s funeral three years earlier, sets out on a road trip to find a proper burial place for his father’s ashes. As he travels he recalls in flashbacks, the annual zany and tedious vacations of Don’s youth. Ultimately he re-discovers his love for his father. The characters in this show are ones that make up a four person family, and two additional characters who make up all of the other characters that they meet along their family trips.  

This show will be performed as a dinner theater-style show at The Onion Grille in Hastings. Dinner will begin an hour and a half prior to the show.

This show is $47 with no added taxes and fees for Friday and Saturday dinner shows, and $30 with no added taxes and fees for Sunday lunch shows. 

We do have a handicap accessible option for the show on January 28th @ 2:00 pm. Please call 651-300-9567 to reserve your tickets. 


Auditions  for Leaving Iowa will be held on November 27 and 28th, with callbacks on the 29th. Auditions will be held in 30 minute increments, with you and 6 other people. They will take place at the Black Dirt Theater Office: 213 Sibley Street, Hastings MN.

Auditions will be in groups of 6 peoeple and are 30 minutes long. They will include you doing a variety of things such as reading a side from the script and working with a group of people similar to what you will do in the show (6 people in the cast).

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Shrek the Musical

Set in a mythical, fairy-tale land, Shrek the Musical is a story about a hulking green ogre who retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation after a lifetime of mockery. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters (Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Three Pigs, you name it) raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back! But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet finds something appealing–something strange and different–about this pretty princess. He likes her. A lot. But why does she always run off when the sun sets? Bring your family to this engaging musical next summer to see how the story ends for Shrek!

This show is $18 a person, with no added taxes or fees at check out. 

  • Friday, July 27 @ 7 pm
  • Saturday, July 28 @ 7 pm
  • Sunday, July 29 @ 2 pm
  • Wednesday, August 1 @ 7 pm
  • Thursday, August 2 @ 7 pm
  • Saturday, August 4 @ 7 pm
  • Sunday, August 5 @ 2 pm