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THIS WEEK: It's Showtime for the Mill City Players!

Article by Claudia Kittock

It is show time for the Mill City Players!  Rehearsing since mid-June, this energetic and talented group of young people are ready to perform. We hope you can join us August 21st at 7 p.m. in MacPhail Center for Music's Antonello Hall, or on August 25th at 1:30 p.m. in Central Library's Pohlad Hall. Performance will be in 3 sections: Movement, Drumming, and Acting. The actors have been writing - you can expect to hear their own words, and they are powerful. COST: FREE.

We are so honored to have an incredible team of professionals leading the Mill City Players. James A. Williams is the Artistic Director and comes to this project with 42 years of theater experience and incredible skills. JW (as he is known) has been a professional actor, director, producer, and writer for almost 40 years.  Patricia Brown, adjunct professor of dance at the University of Minnesota and Macalester, teaches movement and serves as Associate Director. Ahanti Young, professional percussionist, actor, and spoken word artist teaches our actors drumming on paint pails and also serves as Associate Director.     

This troupe was created and is sponsored by the Friends of the Mill District. We began a year ago and are now preparing to make this troupe a permanent group. The mission of the Friends is to create and support activities that build community, and are free of charge to all participants. We hit a home run with this group!  Come and see for yourself. You do not want to miss a chance to see what these actors have to say.

The Players' motto is “Process over Product”. They want the audience to know that everything is a work of ongoing art. We grow, we learn, we change, and we do not have an endpoint.

If you have any questions or comments or want to know more about supporting the work of the Friends of the Mill District, please contact Claudia Kittock at 

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About Claudia Kittock

Claudia is a resident of the Mill District. In addition to writing for Mill City Times, she is a founding Board Member of Friends of the Mill District. Claudia is the author of Health Through Chaos, mentors young adults at YouthLink, and has served on the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA).


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