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NEW ULM – Years ago, a region-wide youth theater group known as the Protean Players was revived at the State Street Theater.

Replicate the goal of the old Protean Players (i.e. “versatile”), Michael and Christina Koester, as advisers to the group, hope that high school students in New Ulm and surrounding towns, passionate about the performing arts, will join them in this adventure.

Prior to the auditions, students interested in participating in the Protean Players should plan to attend an information meeting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 16 at State Street Theater Co. Students interested in any part of the productions are invited to join us for this meeting backstage assistants, orchestral musicians, costume assistants, props and makeup artists, actors, etc.

Protean Players’ first performance is expected to be “In the woods,” a musical twist on many classic fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm. There are a variety of roles and high school students in Grades 7-12 are encouraged to audition. Beginner actors are welcome.

Auditions will be held Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. and Saturday May 22 at noon at the State Street Theater Co., 1 N. State Street, New Ulm. Rehearsals will take place from May to August. Performances will take place from Friday August 13 through Sunday August 15 at the State Street Theater. The auditions will consist of a cold reading of the script and the song. Students wishing to audition are asked to prepare a Broadway song and bring a copy of the sheet music. Songs must include both a verse and a chorus and must not be from “In the woods.”

For auditions and rehearsals, please enter the theater through Gate 7 of the Washington Street parking lot. Visitors are reminded not to park in the parking lot behind the Emerson-Union Apartments. State Street Theater Co. has adopted protocols that address social distancing and other related procedures for rehearsals and productions for audiences and actors. The security protocols can be viewed online at For more information, please email [email protected] or call 507-359-9990.

A license for Into the Woods is sought from Musical Theater International and any material used will be provided by MTI, Inc.

This activity is made possible by voters in Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through a legislative appropriation of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information, please contact Christina Koester at [email protected]

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