“It’s the most magical afternoon I’ve had since childhood. The birds, butterflies,
slight breeze, delicious morsels of food, communal atmosphere, and of course the fantastic performance by your company had me charmed beyond my expectations.”
– Audience Member at the J.D. Rivers’ Children’s Garden, North Minneapolis
“The live performance art of the operetta is refreshing and the fact that it incorporates the garden’s harvest further integrates all the garden’s assets for community-building, education, expression, and celebration of people and culture.”
– Kristen Saylor, Executive Director of Gardening Matters
“The show was brilliant! Not at all easy to pull off so major an undertaking and you folks did it magnificently. We loved the food nibbles too. You absolutely maximized on all the different features — the outdoors, the environment, the food, the sense of community, but most importantly on the sheer talent. Amazing singing talent.”
– Dr. Andrew Cohen, Center for Advanced Research, University of Minnesota
Mixed Precipitation is a performance company exploring text, space and form with festive theatrical events that inspire social engagement.
The PICNIC OPERETTA
Each summer we present our signature event, the picnic operetta, a lively theater experience touring to community gardens and other green spaces throughout the Twin Cities metro. A five-course tasting menu of locally grown, performance-inspired delicacies is served during the show. We bring together classical music, horticulture, food, and storytelling into a celebration of the urban eco-system.
In this type of work, I have found that the live experience can have distinct social potential as it invites multiple forms of human interaction–singing, dancing, dining, exploring.
Additionally, we present short form projects that encourage exploration of space (public, private and civic) and collaboration across disciplines. These projects have included MPLS PINTER STUDIES, MPLS AUTOTELIC, TONYA and NANCY: The Opera (2010 and 2014), MOZART and the FREEMASONS: Three Short Operas Too Small to Fail, and musical adaptations of American Tall Tales.
We’ve presented work in warehouses, libraries, museum and on top of frozen lakes.
We’d love to hear your ideas!
– Scotty Reynolds