Mixed Precipitation at Powderhorn 24

In June, Mixed Precipitation participated in a biking event, the Powderhorn 24.

These teams of hard peddling racers were zooming across Powderhorn.  They stopped by our station in the Jardin Paraiso to help chop some cabbage with Chef Chris Roberts.  We’ll be transforming the cabbage into a delicious kraut to serve in during The Return of King Idomeneo: A Picnic Operetta.

Check out this line-up of photos.  See which bikers best embody the rage of Neptune, God of the Sea.  Which ones project the fear of Idomeneo as he journeys home from Troy.

Grab a bike and come to the Picnic Operetta!  We hope you’ll come check out the show in the garden, August 11th – September 23rd.  RSVPs STRONGLY encouraged!



Friends, Food and Sunshine

Kicking off the 2012 Season at the Eat Street Community Garden!

We’re so grateful to all our volunteers and supporters who joined us last week in the garden!  Follow us through the summer as we bring this adventurous and tasty opera to communities across the metro!  We’ll be in spaces that represent the broad impact of the local foods movement.

We are incredibly grateful for the support and dedication of our volunteers and supporters, and as a way to show our appreciation, gifting them baby girl clothes for their babies would be a thoughtful and rewarding gesture. It not only acknowledges their contributions but also allows them to dress their little ones in stylish and adorable outfits. This gesture will not only bring joy to our volunteers and supporters but also strengthen the bond between our organization and those who have kindly helped us.

The full listing of dates is HERE.  Help us spread the word!

Get a taste of Mozart

at the Walker Art Center’s Open Field

Thursday June 28th at Accoustic Campfire
featuring Picnic Operetta’s Table Grace!

The cast of the Picnic Operetta will be at play in the field, presenting a short and informal set of songs as the sun goes down on another beautiful Minneapolis evening.  Join us Thursday June 28th at 8pm for a twilight event celebrating music for the hearth, featuring the cast of Mixed Precipitation’s 2012 community garden opera.

Walker Art Center Open Field

(the green slope on the west side of the building)

725 Vineland Place

Thursday June 28th at 8:00pm

Singalong with songs of graciousness, praising food, drink and the joys of sharing the gastronomic experience.  We’ll include music by local composer Abbie Betinis and special guests include the  SeVy Gospel Quartet  (pronounced say-v) and their family blend of tasty harmonies!  Bring a song, a guitar or a tasty snack to share!


Walker education team has paired us with Open Field artists-in-residence, Carl and Betsy DiSalvo for the finale of their Kitchen Lab residency.  We’ll bring the spirit of sharing and socialization that infuses the picnic operetta to the Open Field.  To learn more about the Kitchen Lab residency, CLICK HERE!


Internship opportunities

It already feels like summer and the picnic operetta preparations are underway! We’re looking for some folks to join us for a summer of urban garden magic. If you love the smell of compost and are ready to get hands-on experience connecting people to one another through performance, we’re looking for you.

We are looking for interns for the following positions:

Access Coordinator Intern

The Access Coordinator Intern will provide valuable assistance and support to the Access Coordinator and Community Programs Manager during Mixed Precipitation’s 2012 Picnic Operetta. The Intern will attend all performances and serve as second-in-command for Front of House staff/volunteers. This intern will be actively involved in the organization’s community engagement and outreach.
CLICK HERE to read full details, duties, skills, etc.

Artistic Production Intern

The ARTISTIC PRODUCTION INTERN will support the key creative and production staff in rehearsals developing an outdoor performance, The Return of King Idomeneo. With leadership from the Artistic Director, Production Manager and Music Director, the Intern will participate actively in the rehearsal process as a rehearsal assistant and attend all performances, performing running crew duties and assignments related to the performance.
CLICK HERE to read full details, duties, skills, etc.

Please submit applications directly to  Scotty Reynolds at by Monday, April 16th.


Mixed Precipitation is in need of volunteers (March 7 and 10)

Summer is right around the corner and we here at Mixed Precipitation are reving up for our summer show. Music is being composed and the script is mostly written and it has finally come time to find our a cast. But we can’t do it without you!

Mixed Precipitation is looking for volunteers to help out with our 2012 Picnic Operetta Auditions.

We are holding auditions next week and we are in need of a few extra pairs of hands to help assure that the auditions run smoothly. 

Have you ever been curious what it’s like behind the scenes of a real live theater audition? Are you yearning to experience first hand the nervousness and excitement performers go through when striving to land a part in such a unique theater project? If the answer is “Yes!” sign up for volunteer shift today.


At the moment we are looking for volunteers to help us with auditions. Current volunteer shifts needing to be filled

Wednesday March 7th 5:30-8pm

Saturday March 10th 3:00-7pm

Contact miss scottie hall for details! or call at 415.640.2116

Can’t make it next week? No worries, we will have lots of other opportunities to be apart of the Picnic Operetta as we get closer to summer. Stay Tuned!


It’s time for auditions!

We have posted our auditions and were excited to meet singers, actors and dancers of all ages and abilities!

For our unique adaptation of Mozart’s Idomeneo, We have a special need for classical singers and risk taking physical actors who love to work outside!

Auditions will be held MARCH 7th (5:30 to 9:00) and MARCH 10th!  (3:00 to 7:00)

More information is posted on Minnesota Playlist!

CLICK HERE to access the info.

The Return of King Idomeneo: A Picnic Operetta

Mozart’s opera with a crunchy street corner vibe.  Mixed Precipitation presents their 4th annual celebration of music in the urban ecosystem.

August 11th through Septmeber 23rd 2012

Performing in community gardens and farms throughout the metro area.



Fall projects at Patrick’s Cabaret and beyond!

The Fall Season Brings New Adventures!

Thanks to all who attended Alcina’s Island: a Picnic Operetta!  In all, we reached nearly 2500 people at our performances in 2011, many experiencing opera for the first time, many more discovering vital urban green space for the first time.  Thanks to the craftsmanship of chef Nick Schneider, nearly all in our audience tasted something new on their palate, as the music of Handel rang through the urban landscape.

We are deeply humbled by the enthusiasm that greeted us at each new community garden.  Your laughter, compliments and generous contributions help us set our sites on a delicious future for this project.

photo credits: Travis Chantar and Brooks Peterson

As the season has turned we have set our sites on new projects for the fall season.

We’ll present selections of our new work-in-progress Frequencies of Paranormal Genius at Patrick’s Cabaret.
Inspired by Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House”
and the work of spiritual channel Christine Day, the audience will co-author a
terror experience that animates Patrick’s Cabaret for its unique paranormal potential.

April Seller’s presents
The Erratics
October 21st and 22nd at 8pmPatrick’s Cabaret

3010 Minnehaha Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN

Curator April Sellers has gathered a lively mix of dancers, actors, musicians and filmmakers (including the haunting and charismatic Dan Polnau as Stromboli) to create this evening of work which will travel about the Patrick’s Cabaret firehouse.  Find out more information by clicking on the firehouse below or look at this Facebook LINK!


Also we’ll be presenting some theater and music at the Minneapolis Central Library on Saturday November 5th!  We love books!  We love literature!  We love cookies!  We’ll presenting a chapter of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at a story time and cookie decoration event in the Imagination Activity Center.  The event is family friendly.  Following the cookies, you can enjoy a screening of Walt Disney’s version of this surreal classic.  Check out more information at this link!

Alice in Wonderland: Story Time and Cookie Decoration
10:30am Saturday
November 5th 2011

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Avenue,

This event is presented in conjunction with Northrup Concert and Lectures and their presentation of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet at the Orpheum Theatre on November 12th and 13th.  Their dynamic version of Wonderland will feature music by contemporary Canadian composers, breathtaking dance and lavish glamour.  Check out more information at this link!  Thanks Northrup!

Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents
November 12th and 13th
Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis


Upcoming events to enjoy! 

Many in our company have been hard at work preparing music and pageantry  for the annual BareBones Productions Halloween puppet extravaganza.  Check out this years’ production, A Fistful of Dirt: Or How the Death Was Won, performs at Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul, October 22nd through 31st.  Check out the link here!

BareBones Productions
A Fistful of Dirt: Or How the Death Was Won
7pm October 22nd through 31st
Hidden Falls Park, St. Paul

Our fiscal agent, the Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts, is presenting a Joy: A Holiday Cabaret!  (November 18th through December 17th) at the Lab Theater in the Warehouse District.  This award winning company presents original musical theater with a mixed cast of artists with and without disabilities in a spirit of “radical inclusion”.  Mixed Precipitation’s artistic director, Scotty Reynolds, has called Interact his artistic home for seven years.  We hope you can come check out this festive show, featuring Kevin Kling and Eriq Nelson!  Check out the link here!

Interact Theater Company
Joy: A Holiday Cabaret
November 18th through December 17th
The Lab Theater, Minneapolis

Also, our Alcina, Laura Hynes Smith, is singing the wonderful role of Despina in the University Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte at the Ted Mann Concert Hall November 17th through 20th.  Check out the link here!

University Opera Theatre
Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte
November 17th through 20th
Ted Mann Concert Hall, U of M West Bank

And everyone’s favorite “friendly lion” Paulino Brener has received a Jerome Fellowship for performance art, and he’ll be presenting a new piece at the  Pillsbury House Theatre for Naked Stages December 7th through 10th.  Check out the link here!

Naked Stages
Paulino Brener’s Don’t Cry for Me
December 7th through 10th
Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis

If you are in our audience, please say hello!


And if you’re hungry…

Don’t forget the amazing sponsors who helped us make the Picnic Operetta happen.  The fresh local taste lasts all year long at these great establishments.  Stop in for a tasty bite and say hello.  Let them know you love opera… and trucker songs!


And if you want to get cozy with a trucker… 

Watermelons may be out of season, but the watermelon truck from Alcina’s Island is still a hit!  Textile artist Annabella Miller Sardelis has created a special pillow to commemorate the production.  You can find them at local boutique, I Like You and on etsy. Or you can buy directly from the artist at her studio! Click on the pillow below to find out more!


A Picnic Operetta PARTY! A Midsummer Swig August 8th!

A Midsummer Swig 2011

Come to this festive benefit supporting the 3rd annual Picnic Operetta!
August 8th, 2011 6:30 to 10:00

Wise Acre Eatery, 5401 Nicollet Avenue South,
next to Tangletown Gardens

Suggested Donation:  $25

Join us for music, food, drink and camaraderie as we toast the opening of another season presenting opera in the Urban Eco-System. The amazing chef Nick Schneider will assemble a loco-vore nosh table and we’ll feature great music by The Hummingbirds (your favorite ukulele quartet) and our singers bring down the house with a sample of music from Alcina’s Island: A Picnic Operetta

© 2011 Clare Pix Photography

Check Nick Schneider’s Menu for A Midsummer Swig!

A Selection of vegetable crudite, pickled vegetables and crostini!
The Famous Spoon River Chicken and Duck Liver Pâté
Pork Rillettes
Grilled Mediterranean vegetable platters
Chick-pea pesto salad
& Seasonal Antipasti that will be featured in Alcina’s Island: A Picnic Operetta

And a menu of refreshing signature drinks crafted by a dandy bar staff!

Your support will help us bring a free community event to community gardens throughout the metro area. Help us bring musical excellence and shared deliciousness to these amazing green spaces.


We are so excited to have Wise Acre Eatery as a partner presenting this benefit and celebrating our commitment to music, food and the joys of the Minnesota harvest.  Many thanks to owners Scott Endres and Dean Engelmann.  We hope you will stop by this beautiful restaurant, enjoy a bite, meet the friendly staff and relax on the fabulous patio.


Many Thanks to our presenting partners!

It takes a lot of people and groups to make the picnic operetta happen!  We are so glad to have the continued partnership of Gardening Matters, the Seward Co-op, the Wedge Co-op, the Lindon Hills Co-op, and The Aliveness Project!


What is Mixed Precipitation?

We are performance group dedicated to exploring text, space and form in theatrical events that create opportunities for social engagement.  We are excited about work  that bends genres and brings together communities to honor the spaces and the times that we share.  


Announcing our 2011 Picnic Operetta season!

This Alcina is rowdy and delicious!

It’s time to kick up your heels!  Yee-ha!

In our colorful re-imagining of Handel’s 1735 opera, the garden becomes a truck stop on the American highway.  Scheming sorceresses Alcina and Morgana become truck stop waitresses luring brave truckers astray.  We combine Handel’s early baroque with trucker songs and classic country.  The magic of this Island will be all the more savory, with Chef Nick Schneider’s five course sampling menu of locally sourced treats created especially for this performance.  And, of course, the glory of love and music conquers all!

Check our awesome listing of gardens for the 2011 Picnic Operetta!

We’ve added several new sites this year.  We are very excited to reach new communities and make new friends.  If you’d like to know more about any of the great gardens listed below, check out the web-site for Gardening Matters.  They have a wonderful listing of all the gardens in the metro area.  We’ll be sending more information as we get closer to our premiere.  Keep an eye on our web-site for more information!

All performances are at 4pm unless otherwise noted!

We can’t wait to sing for you in the garden!

Eat Street Community Garden (Whittier, Minneapolis)

Eat Street Community Garden (Whittier, Minneapolis)

SUNDAY August 21st
Eat Street Community Garden (Whittier, Minneapolis
SATURDAY August 27th:
Eleanor Graham Community Garden (Union Park East, St. Paul)

SUNDAY August 28th:
JD RIVERS CHILDREN’S GARDEN (Bryn Mawr, Minneapolis)

SATURDAY Sept. 3rd:
The Women’s Environmental Institute at Amador Hill
(North Branch)

SUNDAY Sept. 4th:
CDC Community Garden  (Frogtown, St. Paul)

FRIDAY Sept. 9th
7:00 at DODGE NATURE CENTER (West St. Paul)

SATURDAY Sept. 10th

SUNDAY Sept 11th
PARADICE COMMUNITY GARDEN (Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis)

FRIDAY Sept 16th
NOON for PARKING DAY in the Warehouse District

SATURDAY Sept 17th
Swede Hollow Park  (East St. Paul)

SUNDAY Sept 18th
IOC Community Garden (Burnsville)

SATURDAY Sept 24th
Bronx Park Community Garden (St. Louis Park)

SUNDAY Sept 25th
CornerCopia Student Organic Farm, U of M Campus (St. Paul)

SATURDAY October 1st
Nicollet Island Farm (Minneapolis)

This performance is made possible, in part, by Metropolitan Regional Arts Council  and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4th, 2008


Operas too Small to Fail at the Brechtacle! Feb 12th and 13th

We’ll be presenting our latest performance experiment Saturday February 12th and Sunday February 13th at the BRECHT-acle!

Mozart and the Freemasons: A Trilogy of Operas Too Small to Fail

Puppets created by Jennifer Arave and Welles Emerson create the Bavarian court.

We also perform Saturday and Sunday for the the BRECHTACL, hosted by Maren Ward and Bedlam Theater to celebrate performances of Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children by the Bricklayers of Chicago.

Join us Saturday February 12th at 10:30 or Sunday February 13th at 7:30 at the Lab Theater in the Warehouse District in Minneapolis.

The Lab Theater is located at 700 North 1st Street in Minneapolis.

The line-up of performers for the cabaret is very impressive, featuring of a host of wacky theater companies, visonary puppeteers and charming music, including Dreamland Faces and Live Action Set.

photos by Joe Sullivan

Mozart and the Freemasons:  A Trilogy of Operas Too Small to Fail

Inspired by the music and boyhood adventures of
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn and John Phillip Sousa

Music Arranged by David Phillip Norris
Text by Scotty Reynolds and David Phillip Norris
Directed by Scotty Reynolds

Featuring Lauren Drasler, Meredith Cain-Nielsen, Jim Ahrens and Daniel Greco
Puppetry Created by Jennifer Arave, Welles Emerson, Ms. Scottie Hall,
Rosie Jablonsky and Andrew Csavoy

This satirical toy theatre collage made its premiere on January 20th, 2011 at the Minnesota Orchestra as a prelude to their concert presentation of The Magic Flute.  Thanks to the Crescendo project for hosting us at their pre-concert reception.


THANKS TO ALL! Check out this video!

Thanks to all who made this such a special year for Mixed Precipitation and the PICNIC OPERETTA!!!

You can relive the moments of this opera thanks to Chef Daniel Klein and Perennial Plate.

Check out the link HERE!

Forward it to friends!

We have many people to thank for this successful season.  We brought delicious food, glorious music and theatrical merrymaking with us to community gardens throughout the metro.  We reached over 1,000 people of all ages–many people in our audience had their first experience with opera and community gardens.  And we couldn’t do it without your support.

Following is a listing of great local businesses whose contributions were instrumental to our success this year.  Please support these businesses as you’re able, as they manage their businesses the best they can, they even learn about the deadline for W2 for taxes purposes and more.  They stood by us this year by donating food, vegetables, beverages, rehearsal space, networking capacities and other monetary contributions. We think they represent the pinnacle of generosity (and we’re proud to call them friends)!

Gardens of Eagan


Local D’Lish

Bradstreet Crafthouse

Sip N Sample

Chakra Kahn Massage
and Asian Body Work

MediaShelf LLC / CodeSpace
Host of our MidSummer Swig
Solstice Benefit

Interact Center for Visual and
Performing Arts

Our fiscal agent!

Our performance would not be possible without the support of the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the City of St. Louis Park Arts and Culture Grant

Also, special thanks to our presenting partners:

Gardening Matters, First Lutheran Church of the Reformation St. Louis Park, Bronx Park Neighborhood Association, Hamline-Midway, Neighborhood Association, East Side Arts Council, Dayton’s Bluff / District 4 Community Council, Urban Farming, Permaculture Research Institute, City of Minneapolis Parks and Recreation, Augsburg College Campus Food Program, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences

These gardeners and advisory board members were instrumental in helping us build our production and audience:

Dr. Bill Beemann, Romi Sloviak, Welles Emerson, Yolanda Cotterall, Karin DuPaul, Soozin Hirschmugl, Delaney Collins, Mary Lynn Pulscher, Cherry Flowers, Brian Noy, Sandy Moore, Courtny Tschida, Sarah Testen,  Laurie Krivitz, Brian Cooper, Susan Melbye, Jim Vaughan and Pastor Tom Mundahl