Summer Performance Series

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and spend a Sunday evening with friends and family enjoying art and nature.

Caponi Art Park theater in the woodsWHEN: Sundays at 6:30 p.m. June through August
WHERE: Caponi Art Park’s Theater in the Woods, 1220 Diffley Road, Eagan
COST: $5/person donation (no one will be turned away)

Parking & Event Details
In addition to our main parking lot at 1220 Diffley Road, performance parking is available at the Lexington-Diffley Athletic fields (unless noted). Banners and signs will be posted. Walking distance to amphitheater is a hilly 5-minute hike from either entrance. Golf carts are available to transport guests with mobility needs.

New this year, we are asking $5 per person donations for our summer performance series. While we do receive funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council,  it covers less the 25% of the cost of the program.
Thank you for your support!

2016 Summer Performance Series Schedule

Visit the Event Calendar for our full calendar of events.

The CompleatWksWillmShksprThe Compleat Wks of Willm Shkspr – Abridged
Sunday, June 26, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Grab the kids, pack a picnic, spread a blanket and enjoy Shakespeare as he wasoriginally performed: outside, by sweaty men, in women’s clothing! Be to not! Or be to! Three guys in tights will take on The Bard in an unprecedented attempt to perform all 37 of Shakespeare’s Immortal Works in just 97 minutes! As much a weight loss program as a piece of theater, this rollicking, madcap, romp through the entire canon of the greatest of all dead, English, playwrights who lived in Stratford but worked mostly in London before catching a cold and shuffling off this mortal coil leaving behind a very angry wife in a second hand bed will have you screaming with laughter and begging for more!!

VOCBeverlyCottmanVoice of Culture Drum and Dance and Auntie Beverly The Storyteller
Sun, July 10, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Coming from the oral tradition of West African and Black American, Auntie Beverly is joined by the young griots (oral historians in the Western and Black American artisitc traditions) of Voice of Culture to present a program of drum, dance, song, and story. Everyone will find some aspect to enjoy, from energetic African dance to deep and evocative stories with a message


High48s_01SQThe High 48’s – Traditional Bluegrass with a modern attitude
Sun, July 24, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a band of songwriters who perform their own material in addition to the “festival favorites.”

Mu Daiko publicity imageMu Daiko Japanese Drumming
Sun, August 7, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

With origins spanning nearly 1,000 years of Japanese history, taiko drumming now reaches around the globe as one of the most recognizable – and most exciting– representations of Japanese culture in the world. “Taiko” is the Japanese word for “big drum,” and is now also used in North America to describe a style of group performance derived from traditional Japanese drumming and martial arts-inspired movement. Mu Daiko performs a variety of traditional and contemporary works, ranging from traditional taiko repertoire to original pieces composed by its members. The group regularly premieres new work at its annual performances, continuing to stretch the boundaries of the art form and contributing to the innovation of American taiko. Here’s a link to a YouTube video of Mu Daiko performing at the Park.>


Mixed Precipitation Picnic Operetta
Sun, August 21, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Donald Giovanni in Cornlandia: A Picnic Operetta, is an ’80s pop retelling of the 1787 Mozart opera, Don Giovanni. The classic Italian comedic opera meets ’80s hair bands and modern day political drama. Along with music by Mozart and Italian libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, the cast sinks their teeth into the songs of Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Lionel Richie, and Tears for Fears.

An edible opera adventure for the whole family, A Picnic Operetta marks an eight-year tradition of celebrating the harvest with a unique blend of music, horticulture, food, and storytelling.

Plot:  Republican candidates converge on a small agrarian town in middle America. Real Estate tycoon Donald Giovanni and his campaign staff have left a trail of broken hearts and broken promises in their attempt to woo voters. Now a strange super natural force has been ignited to bring him down. It’s a mix of Mozart, 80s pop and hair bands! Tasty, garden fresh bites will be served throughout the show to celebrate harvest and campaign fever!


PrintClean Water Land & Legacy logo This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.