Andre Shoals, the chair, brought numerous characters to life in Chanhassen’s production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” such as an enchanted chair. (submitted photos)
Local actor Andre Shoals returns to the Chanhassen stage in ‘Beauty and the Beast’
As the stage lights turn on at the main stage of Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, a lone figure sits on the side, getting ready to set the scene for “Beauty and the Beast.”
All attention is on Andre Shoals, 45, who is the narrator and an ensemble member in Chanhassen’s new musical production of the fairy tale that was brought to life in a popular Disney animated movie.
The talented Shoals is dressed in a cloth coat and scarf, a simple outfit that gives no hint of the inventive, colorful costuming that theater-goers are about to see in this visual feast for the eyes.
In his other “Beauty” role, Shoals plays a chair. Attached to the chest of his shimmering silver costume is a chair, which at one point Belle sits in, as Shoals kneels and looks at her with admiration.
Creagan, right, met soldiers from many of the NATO countries, including a soldier from Hungary. (submitted photos)
Local chaplain returns from serving overseas
Getting to where he is today meant the Rev. Michael Creagan’s life changed course more than once. First off, he says he never thought he would be in the Catholic priesthood -- let alone that it would lead him to serving as an Army chaplain in Kosovo.
Creagan, 45, majored in international studies at the University of St. Thomas with the hope of someday working for the U.S. Foreign Service.
“It was probably half way through college, that God really called me to priesthood. In fact, at first I thought ‘oh no’ because I don’t like public speaking and I tried to come up with all the excuses,” Creagan says.
He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1997 after attending St. Paul Seminary. Then he never thought he would join the Army National Guard.
Podgorski seeking DFL endorsement
South St. Paul City Council member Todd Podgorski announced he intends to run for the open state Senate District 52 seat.
“This is a position I’ve been interested in for some time now, and I want to work for justice for all,” Podgorski, also a Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputy, said in a statement.
South St. Paul’s WWII Last Man’s Club is down to three
Running his finger down the list, Ken Lawrence reminisces about the names he reads.
As chaplain of South St. Paul VFW Post 295’s World War II Last Man’s Club, Lawrence has read over the names on that list countless times.
“You look down the roster, and it brings back memories of most everyone. That’s where we live, in our memories now, anyhow,” Lawrence says.
Shortly after he was first elected to the state House of Representatives, Joe Atkins, left, along with Mayor George Tourville, walked in the Inver Grove Heights Days Parade Food Drive. (submitted photo)
Will instead run for open county commissioner seat
State Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, announced on Tuesday, Jan. 26 that he will not run for re-election in House District 52B this fall. That same day, he revealed he would instead run for the District 4 Dakota County commissioner seat being vacated by the retiring Nancy Schouweiler.