Nostalgia seemed to emanate from all corners of the Winona Masonic Theater this past Monday night during the first dress rehearsal of Theatre du Mississippi and Winona Radio’s holiday production of “The Mystery of the Puzzling Patient.” Written by Steve Andersen, a former Winonan, now directing in the Twin Cities, the program tells the story of an amnesia patient admitted to the Winona General Hospital in 1936.
Photo by Sarah Squires
Winona native Steve Andersen introduced "The Mystery of the Puzzling Patient" during a dress rehearsal Monday. The Theatre du Mississippi play, penned by Andersen, will open Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Theater.
“It’s based on a true story that happened in Winona, which is true of many of the stories Theatre du Mississippi produces,” said Andersen, a Winona Senior High School and Winona State University graduate.
Intertwined with the main story are classic Christmas carols, era-specific musical numbers and vintage radio ads. True to the radio drama of the 1930s, the production features real radio sound effects equipment and the actors, all of whom are either Winona residents or students at Winona State University, take on different roles throughout.
“This is a fun way to present it, so people can see how radio drama was actually presented,” Andersen said. “It really requires your imagination to put together and there’s something quite magical about that.”
Order your tickets today for a trip back in time to enjoy an engaging, true Winona tale and to experience the enchanting format of radio.
Dates are December 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and December 8 at 2:00 p.m. Advance tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com or Pieces of the Past, located at 79 E. 2nd Street in Winona. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for students. At the door: $18.00 for adults and $10.00 for students.