Summer 2024 – FAUST

Mixed Precipitation 16th annual summer operatic adventure

Pickup Truck Opera Volume Four: Faust 

When: Performances August 8 – September 15, 2024
Where: Performances throughout the metro and greater Minnesota, including the North Shore, Iron Range, and southeastern MN.

RESERVATIONS OPEN JUNE 15th

All performances are offered for a suggested donation ($5 – $45). Recommended for all ages. 

Mixed Precipitation celebrates 16 years of outdoor summer fun with a new production adapted from composer Charles Gounod’s 1859 opera Faust, with a libretto by Jules Barbier and Michael Carré. 

Pickup Truck Opera: Volume 4—Faust is created from the combined talents of music director Gary Ruschman (returning for his seventh production with Mixed Precipitation), playwright and theologian Max Yeshaye, stage directors Scotty Reynolds and Jacob Miller, and the Mixed Precipitation ensemble.    

In the not-so-distant future, scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Johann Faust faces a planet in crisis but no motivation to spare humanity its fate. He yearns to find a life of meaning and love. Méphistophélès, a mysterious extraplanar entity with a devilish charm, appears with a bargain:  Relocate Earth’s climate refugees to a lunar colony and win the love of the brilliant physicist Marguerite. Together, Faust and his mysterious companion launch a fanatical quest to save humanity and reach beyond the limits of human potential.  Dr. Faust finds himself torn between the love of his life and the conditions of his bargain.  The music of Depeche Mode is laced into this tale, featuring the work of songwriters Vince Clarke and Martin Gore.   

Tenor Maurice Fields leads the cast as Faust. Bass Justin Spenner returns to Mixed Precipitation in the role of Méphistophélès, and sopranos Caroline Kouma and  Corissa Bussian split the role of Marguerite. Galina Đorđević, Joshua Eidem, Joni Griffith, Jill Morgan, and Nick Miller play multiple roles and multiple instruments under the leadership of Ruschman.   

This touring spectacle features the work of set designer Alex Hathaway, costume designer Rhiannon Fiskradatz, props designer Karly Bergman, and stage manager Ches Cipriano

OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES

Their 2024 summer tour includes performances in sprawling parks, nature centers, and farms all over Minnesota. Audiences are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and beverages for comfort and hydration. The performance lasts approximately 75-90 minutes. All shows are outdoors. Watch our website and social media for weather delays.  

Mixed Precipitation began this mobile format in 2020, using a blue 2011 Ford Ranger Pickup Truck and a trailer as the container and platform for the opera’s action. In addition to the performances listed below, the Pickup Truck will bring pop-up performances to audiences on neighborhood streets, public squares, libraries, and care facilities.

RESERVATIONS OPEN JUNE 15th

ACCESS SERVICES

ASL interpretors (Sarah Brown and Gilda Houck-Markovits)

2024 Summer Tour

Thursday, August 8th at 7:00 pm Whiteside Park

721 East Sheridan Street, Ely, MN 55731

Friday, August 9th at 6:30 pmHovland Town Hall,

4957 East Highway 61, Hovland, MN 55606

Benefit performance for the Hovland Volunteer Fire Department.  

Presented by the North Shore Music Association and Opp-Hvidston Foundation

Saturday, August 10th at 3:00 pmSweethearts Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area

114 South 8th Avenue West, Grand Marais, MN 55604

Presented by the North Shore Music Association and Opp-Hvidston Foundation

Sunday, August 11th at 2:00 pmFinland Heritage Site 

5653 Little Marais Rd, Finland, MN 55603

Presented by Lovin’ Lake County

Thursday, August 15th at 7:00 pm Loring Park Garden of the Seasons

1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Friday, August 16th at 7:00 pm Caponi Art Park 

1220 Diffley Road, Eagan, MN 55123

Saturday, August 17th at 6:00 pm Cheateux St. Croix Winery 

1998 Highway 87, St Croix Falls, WI 54024

Sunday, August 18th at 3:00 pmFranconia Sculpture Park

29836 St Croix Trail N, Shafer, MN 55074

Thursday, August 22nd at 7:00 pm  Dodge Nature Center, Farm Education Center

1701 Charlton Street, West St. Paul, MN 55118

Friday, August 23rd at 6:30 pm  DreamAcres Farm

17289 County Road 8, Wykoff, MN 55990

Saturday, August 24th at 3:00 pmPatton Park

112-114 South High Street, Lake City, MN 55041

Presented by the Lake City Area Arts

Sunday, August 25th at 3:00 pmCedar Lake East Beach, “Hidden Beach”

2000 S Upton Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Presented by the Kenwood Neighborhood Organization, Hidden Acoustics

Wednesday, August 28th at 6:30 pmSilverwood Park 

2500 County Road E, St. Anthony, MN 55421

Saturday,  August 31st at 2:00 pmAlexis Bailly Vineyard

18200 Kirby Ave. Hastings, MN 55033

Sunday, September 1st at 2:00 pmAlexis Bailly Vineyard

18200 Kirby Ave. Hastings, MN 55033

Thursday, September 5th at 6:30 pmBronx Park Community Garden

2500 Georgia Avenue South, St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Friday, September 6th at 6:30 pm Ojibway Park

2695 Ojibway Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125

Presented by the Merrill Arts Center 

Saturday, September 7th at 2:00 pm

Courtyard of North Hennepin Community College

7411 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN, 55445

Presented by the City of Brooklyn Park, Recreation and Parks

Sunday, September 8th 5:00 pm

Harriet Island Regional Park 

110 Harriet Island Road, St Paul, MN 55107

Sunday, September 8th TBA

Thursday, September 12th at 6:00 pm River Bend Nature Center 

1000 Rustad Road, Faribault, MN 55021

Presented by the Paradise Center for the Arts

Saturday, September 14th at 3:00 pmSwede Hollow Park

657 East Beaumont St, St. Paul, MN 55106

Sunday, September 15th at 3:00 pmJD Rivers’ Children’s Garden

2900 Glenwood Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55405