Brandt Roberts as Gerald the janitor in his one-man show, ‘The Art of the Entertainer’


Lanesboro artist Brandt Roberts parodies theater’s most famous genres

Lanesboro Arts is proud to present “The Art of the Entertainer,” a comedic one-man show starring Lanesboro artist Brandt Roberts at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro on Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, December 3, at 5 p.m. 


The story follows Roberts in the role of a janitor at a vaudeville theater in the early 1930s that finds a dusty record late one night inside an old steamer trunk. The record is entitled “The Art of the Entertainer: an audio guide to the art of live performance.” Led by the recorded voice of Sir Byron Ramsey, Gerald embarks on a madcap adventure through the theatrical realm. It becomes a night shift filled with audience participation, music, and various sketches parodying some of theater’s most famous genres. It promises to be a fun night for the whole family!


Roberts is currently wrapping up his fourth season as a member of the resident ensemble at the Commonweal Theatre Company, having starred as the eponymous character in this year’s production of “The Elephant Man.” The creation and staging of “The Art of the Entertainer” was the subject of Roberts’ Master’s thesis at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Originally from Kennett, Miss., Roberts has worked regionally in theater for the past decade.


“The Art of the Entertainer” was developed as a vehicle to introduce audiences to the world of the stage in a lighthearted way. Inspiration came from Roberts’ love of comedians from the silver screen, such as Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel & Hardy and the Marx Brothers, to name a few. The show also pays homage to modern clowns like Bill Irwin and David Shiner.


Tickets are $10 and are sold online at; at Lanesboro Arts Gallery by calling 507-467-2446; and at the St. Mane Theatre box office, as available, beginning one hour prior to each event. The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro.


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