Stillwater is about to get even cooler with massive ice maze

When the weather turned cold, the plays and concerts stopped, that’s when the theater’s artistic director, Calyssa Hall, and her father, Franz Hall, began brainstorming ways to make money and keep employees on the payroll this winter. Their solution — a massive lighted ice maze — is now taking shape in the theater’s south parking lot.

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Press release — week of Jan. 11, 2021

Stillwater is setting for Ice Palace MAZE
A winter playground — the Ice Palace MAZE — is taking shape at The Zephyr Theatre in downtown Stillwater.
The first of 12 semi-trailer trucks began delivering pallets of ice blocks to the theatre on Jan. 7. By opening night Jan. 22, more than 1,500 blocks — 260 pound each — will be used to build an 8-foot-tall wall that will enclose a tangled ice maze.

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Stillwater Gazette December 18, 2020

Here’s a gift from The Zephyr — a dozen holiday stories

What would a Victorian-era sailor, battling rough winter weather at sea, long for on Christmas Day? How does Mrs. Santa Claus — Goody to her friends — really feel about Christmas Eve?

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Photographer Roger P. Watts

The St Croix Shakespeare Company Shakespeare in the Park…ing Lot Production Much Ado About Nothing (click here for slide show) It was great to be back behind the lens for the Zephyr Theater’s production of Much Ado About Nothing in Stillwater. You can see the full set of my photographs…

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Stillwater Gazette September 9, 2020

Zephyr gala-goers will be transported by art and riverboat and trolley
The Zephyr Theatre’s 2020 fundraising gala Sept. 25 is labeled Let the Art Move You, and gala-goers will be moved. That’s guaranteed.

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Stillwater Gazette September 4, 2020

Celebrate Labor Day weekend with music at The Zephyr Theatre

The Zephyr Theatre in Stillwater will take full advantage of its temporary outdoor stage during the Labor Day weekend. Three different musical groups have been booked. The theatre’s parking lot has been transformed into an accommodating venue (seating is at a social distance).

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Stillwater Gazette August 28, 2020

The Zephyr’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is really something
Huzzah! The Zephyr Theatre is presenting Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” a clever, crowd-pleasing piece of professional theatre.

And that’s no small feat in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.

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Stillwater Gazette August 21, 2020

Love conquers all when The Zephyr Theatre presents Shakespeare
“Much Ado About Nothing” is William Shakespeare’s comedy about two sets of lovers — the battling Benedick and Beatrice and the mistaken Claudio and forgiving Hero.

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Stillwater Gazette August 8, 2020

Grab a seat for outdoor concerts at The Zephyr Theatre
Music lovers will find a lot to love at The Zephyr Theatre in the upcoming weeks. Check out this lineup of musicians performing on the theatre’s temporary outdoor stage.

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Stillwater Gazette July 31, 2020

Spot a trolley and see a Stillwater good neighbor
Do you know that Stillwater used to be the lumber capital of the world? You do if you’ve taken a ride on the Stillwater Trolley and Dick Zimmerman was your driver.

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Stillwater Gazette July 24, 2020

Mad Capper and theatre team up to present a cabaret

When customers arrive at the Mad Capper Saloon and Eatery in downtown Stillwater on Aug. 14, they’ll get a special welcome. That Friday evening, they’ll hear a rendition of “Willkommen,” the campy greeting from the 1972 movie “Cabaret.”

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Stillwater Gazette July 17, 2020

Zephyr Breeze Summer Series promises outdoor entertainment

The Tommy Bentz Band, with slide guitars and drums, christened the new outdoor stage at The Zephyr Theatre July 10. These three Wisconsin rockers were the first musicians to perform in the Zephyr Breeze Summer Series, and they attracted a crowd of nearly 100.

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