Black Grime Theater returns with dinner theater that includes “I Love You, You’re Excellent, Now Change!” from February 3-11 on the Hastings Arts Heart.

Following the triumphant return to the stage with “Newsies!” in 2022, Black Grime Theater is striving to proceed bringing dynamic, full of life and recent theater to Hastings. Up subsequent from the group is an all-new dinner theater expertise on the stunning Hastings Arts Heart, with catering offered by Supreme Catering by Hastings Golf Membership and Occasions. 

The manufacturing is the second-longest working off-Broadway revue in historical past and has been revised for the twenty first century. This celebration of the mating recreation takes on the truths and myths behind that up to date conundrum often known as “the connection.” 

By means of sketches and songs, Act I explores the journey from courting and ready to like and marriage, whereas Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, journeys within the household automobile and pick-up strategies of the geriatric set. 

With The Onion Grille, their longtime host, closing for good, Black Grime Theater needed to discover a completely different stage to carry out “I Love You, You’re Excellent, Now Change!”

“We had been unhappy to listen to The Onion Grille was closing,” mentioned Black Grime Theater board Vice President Thomas Bonneville. “Black Grime Theater and The Onion Grille shared an ideal partnership for the previous 10 years in offering the group with a unbelievable dinner theater expertise, and we want Wendy and everybody at The Onion Grille the perfect!”

The Hastings Arts Heart was an ideal and acquainted various for Black Grime Theater to look to.

“Black Grime Theater has all the time been good at pivoting, and we’ve loved residency in quite a lot of places round Hastings, together with the Leduc Mansion, and The Historic Metropolis Corridor.” Bonneville continued, “The Hastings Arts Heart has been internet hosting our Improv troupe for a number of years, and naturally the area is acoustically fantastic, so we reached out to the Lockwoods and secured it for dinner theater.”

Quickly afterwards, it was determined Supreme Catering by Hastings Golf Membership and Occasions, (Residence of the Hastings Public Home) would supply the meals for the night exhibits. To supply a reduced-price ticket for the matinee on February fifth, a dessert-only choice will probably be offered.

This manufacturing options an all-new director to Black Grime Theater, Christian Unser. Christian is thrilled to be making his directorial debut with Black Grime Theater’s manufacturing of “I Love You, You’re Excellent, Now Change.” 

Christian has been performing as an actor and vocal director within the Twin Cities for nearly 23 years. He has been seen on-stage primarily with Minneapolis Musical Theatre, the place he additionally served as inventive director for 4 seasons, producing critically acclaimed musicals like “Leap of Religion,” “The Poisonous Avenger” and “Excessive Constancy” contained in the Electrical Fetus file retailer. 

He’s grateful to Black Grime Theater for giving him an opportunity to work on this enjoyable present with a unbelievable forged and crew. And he sends all of his like to his spouse Jen and kids Gabe and Hannah for his or her endless assist of his artistic endeavors.

Returning as musical director for this manufacturing is Black Grime Theater board President Ryan McCoy. When he isn’t working the board, managing improv and directing dinner theater, McCoy teaches personal music classes at Blessings Academy of Arts and Music and directs the musicals and performs at Hastings Center Faculty. 

Usually, this present is carried out by a mere 4 gamers, however to offer a number of extra alternatives to our volunteer actors, Black Grime has forged “I Love You, You’re Excellent, Now Change!” with a recent, younger forged of 6 performers from Hastings and out of city. 

Sammi Penick, Rachel Schmidt, Katy MacCutcheon, Sam Verdick, Connor Dean Burrell and Tom Kleis. Whereas all three of our girls are new to Black Grime, our three males had been final seen in the summertime manufacturing of “Newsies!”


“I Love You, You’re Excellent, Now Change!” E-book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro. Music by Jimmy Roberts.


Friday, February third, 8pm Present Time, 7pm Dinner Service

Saturday, February 4th, 7pm Present Time, 6pm Dinner Service

Sunday, February fifth, 2pm Matinee, 1pm Dessert Service

Friday, February tenth, 8pm Present Time, 7pm Dinner Service

Saturday, February eleventh, 7pm Present Time, 6pm Dinner Service



216 4th St E, Hastings, MN 55033

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Black Grime Theater is a bunch of passionate individuals, who’ve a imaginative and prescient of the long run the place utilizing creativity to serve others and create connections within the Hastings space grow to be one in the identical. Every day, Black Grime Theater brings individuals collectively throughout audiences, casts, and all through the group to empower individuals with on a regular basis creativity.


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