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.
Construction on Robert Street in 2016 will be mainly focused between Thompson and Mendota avenues. Detours will be set up so businesses on Robert Street are still accessible.(Submitted graphic)
Round two of the Robert Street improvement project is expected to begin within the next couple weeks. Last year, the northern portion of the busy thoroughfare, from Thompson Avenue to Annapolis Street, was rebuilt.
The circled areas represent redevelopment zones the Economic Development Authority Board is targeting for redevelopment in the next five to 10 years. Most of the areas already have developers working on concept plans that include commercial and/or residential projects. (submitted graphic)
West St. Paul was riding high heading into 2016 after experiencing record-breaking economic development in 2015.
To help young women experience first-hand the excitement of careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math — STEAM — Visitation School, 2455 Visitation Dr., Mendota Heights, will host STEAM Day for middle school girls on Saturday,
Cable subscribers metro-wide will have the opportunity to have their tax questions answered by a panel of experts on “Call-n-Talk Taxes.” The live call-in show can be seen on cable television on Thursdays March 10 and March 31 from 8-9 p.m., on bo