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FEB 16 - APR 5, 2020

Best enjoyed by Everyone 9 and up

CANCELLED

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A Message about COVID-19 to our Patrons


Children’s Theatre Company’s highest priority is the health and safety of young people, our patrons, our staff and our community. In an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are canceling all performances and education programs beginning immediately through Sunday, April 5. This includes our current productions of Spamtown, USA and The Rainbow Fish.

To ensure the highest levels of customer service, our ticket office will be directly in touch with all patrons who have tickets to canceled performances and they will have a variety of options.

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Spamtown, USA is a moving portrait of Austin, Minnesota, during the 1985 Hormel strike. While five kids dream of space camp, tennis teams, and out-of-state college, they find their families and community suddenly divided by picket lines and opposing agendas. This is the story of having the strength to stand up for what you believe in, the challenge that comes in disagreeing with those you love, and the humor that helps keep friendships alive.

Written by Philip Dawkins
Directed by Will Davis

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  • Run time

    2 hours with one 20-minute intermission

  • Best enjoyed by

    Everyone 9 and up

  • Stage

    Cargill Stage

  • Lap Passes

    Due to the age recommendation, lap passes will not be available for this production.

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Things to Know

  • The playwright traveled to Austin, Minnesota, and interviewed many adults and kids about their real-life experience living through the Hormel strike and the aftermath. Stories from these interviews directly influenced scenes and dialogue in the show.
  • This play takes place in the 1980s—references to pop culture, slang, and views of that decade are represented throughout this play.
  • This show contains scenes depicting tension between family members, friends, and coworkers, resulting in harsh language, bullying, and some instances of physical violence.
  • There is one instance of a “factory floor” sound effect that may alarm young children.

Audience Resources


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Audience Resource Guide


Articles, conversation starters, and activities for both before and after the show!

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Accessibility


ASL-interpreted, audio-described, and sensory friendly performance are available on select dates.

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Concessions at CTC

Concessions


We are proud to offer a selection of snacks that are gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, Halal-friendly, and Kosher-friendly.

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Plan Your Visit

Children’s Theatre Company is proud to offer information, tips, advice and handy guides so that our patrons’ theatre experiences are as rich, pleasant and convenient as possible. Whether you have been coming to CTC for generations or are a first time audience member, you’ll find everything you need to plan a memorable outing with us.

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Reviews


Marcelo Mena in 'Spamtown, USA'. Photo by Glen Stubbe.

“A crackling drama [with] charm and wit”

STAR TRIBUNE REVIEW

Sandra Struthers, Isabella Spiess, and Zachary Sullivan in 'Spamtown, USA'. Photo by Glen Stubbe.

“A father-son conversation between Hopman and Sullivan late in the show was among the most deeply moving scenes I’ve encountered on a local stage recently.”

PIONEER PRESS REVIEW

Reed Sigmund, Marcelo Mena, and Maureen Sherman-Mendez in 'Spamtown, USA'. Photo by Glen Stubbe.

“CTC has a way of speaking to children in an intelligent and engaging way, as does playwright Philip Dawkins”

CHERRY AND SPOON REVIEW

Dan Hopman, Sandra Struthers, Isabella Spiess, Reed Sigmund, Marcelo Mena, and Maureen Sherman-Mendez in 'Spamtown, USA'. Photo by Glen Stubbe.

“An amazing example of a serious play for young people that they can understand, identify with, and also be entertained by.”

THE STAGES OF MN REVIEW

Maureen Sherman-Mendez and Marcelo Mena in 'Spamtown, USA'. Photo by Glen Stubbe.

“A great way for kids to learn about the validity of different sides of issues.”

FAMILY FUN TWIN CITIES REVIEW

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A Message from the Artistic Director


Learn more about Spamtown, USA from Peter C. Brosius, CTC Artistic Director, as he sits down to talk about the show.

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National Endowment for the Arts

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APR 19 - JUN 21, 2020

Best enjoyed by All Ages

Spamtown, USA

FEB 16 - APR 5, 2020

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