Scotty Reynolds raising money for Springboard for the Arts
Presenting the Picnic Operetta! A harvest tradition of music, local food, and storytelling. An accessible, one-of-a-kind experience!
"It's the most magical afternoon I've had since childhood. The birds, butterflies, slight breeze and delicious morsels of food, communal atmosphere, and of course the fantastic performance by your company had me charmed beyond my expectations."
For the past eight summers, a team of adventurous performers, growers and music makers have come together to create the Picnic Operetta. We've tackled the works of Purcell, Mozart, Handel, Beethoven and Offenbach and created a community tradition that is accessible, lively and fun for the whole family. Performing in community gardens, farms and orchards, each story is infused with the magic of the garden by the chef-prepared creations served during the performance. The creative, musical and agricultural assets of Minnesota come together to create the Picnic Operetta. We are committed to presenting great in rural Minnesota and the metro, reaching audiences with a show that celebrates our shared assets.
All are welcome and no one is turned away from our outdoor performances. In 2016 we reached an audiences of nearly 2,500 and employed nearly fifty performers, artists and chefs and traveled more than 1,500 miles.
In 2017 we're taking a new production to greater Minnesota and the metro. We're building partnerships in Southern Minnesota and the Iron Range. We promise another fun experience with great music, tasty food and thrilling storytelling! Help us raise $6,000 by the end of the year to make a 2017 tour possible!
Here's what audiences say about their experience with the Picnic Operetta:
"Joy! Boundless creativity! I love all of it, and what especially keeps me coming back is the culture of innovation, optimism and warm welcome. Being here makes my heart sing."
"Such fresh energy and creativity -- it raised my HQ (hopefulness quotient)."
“Wonderful show! Loved the combination of accomplished classical singing with zany creative fun... All sang beautifully, and I'm an opera snob!”
Your gift makes this possible! We are grateful for our generous donors who help bring the Picnic Operetta to life. Through your support, we can pay our artists and entertain audiences with innovative and welcoming performances. We promise to use your resources wisely and to wow you with beautiful music, thrilling stories and delicious food at the Picnic Operetta! THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.
Our Mission: Mixed Precipitation creates unexpected theatrical experiences through unique partnerships and events that inspire social engagement.