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Amanda White Ben Thietje 602 7
th
St NE, New Prague, MN 56071
Co-Artistic Director Co-Artistic Director 952-314-9077 | DalekoArts.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DALEKOARTS TO OPEN NEW PERFORMANCE VENUE THIS WEEK
New Prague’s professional theatre company will open The Philadelphia Story & Rancho Mirage Thursday
MAY 1
st
, 2014 – Amazon started in a garage, Harley Davidson started in a garage, Apple started in a garage…why not
DalekoArts?
This is the attitude of Co-Artistic Directors, Ben Thietje and Amanda White, who are overseeing this weekend’s opening of
their second season of local professional theatre – in a space that used to service ATVs.
“We’re running into challenges left and right,” explained Thietje. “But regardless of space limitations, the shows will be
ready to go; the artistic quality will be there. We’re excited to see what sort of intimate feel this tiny building will produce.”
After performing all of last season at the New Prague Middle School, DalekoArts found itself with a space problem. Both the
middle school and the high school auditoriums were already booked for summer 2014. So co-founders White and Thietje
scoured the area for a potential stage.
“This was quite literally our only option,” said White. “We’re a brand new non-profit organization, so the list of spaces in
town that were affordable to us was not a long one. But we knew that good theatre will work in virtually any space. In the
end, we think this 40-seat theatre will give people in the area a fun and unique night out.”
The space, referred to by the company as the D.A. Garage, is located at 470 5th Ave SW in New Prague, just behind Welcome
Auto. The 2014 season consists of the Katharine Hepburn classic The Philadelphia Story, a brand new dark comedy called
Rancho Mirage, and the spunky musical Little Shop of Horrors. The entire season is once again sponsored by Prairie Pond
Winery, who is hosting all opening night parties, as well as offering special deals for patrons who bring in their playbill.
“Because we only have 40 seats, space is very limited for every performance,” commented Thietje. “I would highly suggest
ordering tickets in advance. We don’t want people to drive down and then get turned away at the door. The garage door,
that is.”

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Amanda White Ben Thietje 602 7
th
St NE, New Prague, MN 56071
Co-Artistic Director Co-Artistic Director 952-314-9077 | DalekoArts.com
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
FACT SHEET
WHO: DalekoArts
Written by Philip Barry
Performed by Sulia Altenberg, Stephen Frethem, Adam Hummel, Jennifer Kirkeby, Patrick Kozicky,
Corey Okonek, Anna Weggel, Amanda White, and Tony Zadra
Designed by Gabriel Gomez (Sets), Carl Schoenborn (lights), Stephanie Mueller (costumes), Abbee
Warmboe (props), Peter Morrow (sound), and Darren Hensel (tech direction)
Stage Managed by Sami Martin
Directed by Josh Campbell
WHAT: DalekoArts presents this broadway classic that tells the story of Tracy Lord, of the Philadelphia Lords, a
headstrong and spoiled heir on the verge of marrying a snoot…but not if her ex-hubby and smitten
reporter can help it! The classic film version starred Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and Jimmy
Stewart.
WHERE: The D.A. Garage – 470 5th Ave SW, New Prague, MN 56071
WHEN: EIGHT PERFORMANCES ONLY: May 8-June 8, 2014
• Thursday, May 8 @ 7:30 PM – post-show party at Prairie Pond for all opening night patrons
• Saturday, May 10 @ 7:30 PM
• Friday, May 16 @ 7:30 PM
• Sunday, May 18 @ 2:00 PM
• Thursday, May 29 @ 7:30 PM
• Saturday, May 31 @ 7:30 PM
• Friday, June 6 @ 7:30 PM
• Sunday, June 8 @ 2:00 PM
HOW MUCH: $15 - $18 (subject to change)
Season Memberships on sale now via phone or website
Discounts - 10% off with Season Membership
- 15% off groups of 10 or more
- Daleko FlexPasses available
PHOTOS: http://dalekoarts.com/press
TIX & INFO: DalekoArts.com


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Amanda White Ben Thietje 602 7
th
St NE, New Prague, MN 56071
Co-Artistic Director Co-Artistic Director 952-314-9077 | DalekoArts.com

RANCHO MIRAGE
FACT SHEET
WHO: DalekoArts
Written by Steven Dietz
Performed by Aubry Eggers, Hannah Joyce-Hoven, Christine Karki, Tom Karki, Michael Lee, Ben Thietje,
and Amanda White
Designed by Gabriel Gomez (Sets), Carl Schoenborn (lights), Chris Loose (costumes), Abbee Warmboe
(props), Peter Morrow (sound), and Darren Hensel (tech direction)
Stage Managed by Sami Martin
Directed by Patrick Kozicky
WHAT: DalekoArts presents this sharp and surprising sojourn into the psyche of 2012 America — three couples,
long-time friends, find themselves at a dinner party where everyone finally decides to tell the truth.
What remains between us when our youth, our dreams, and our last bottle of wine is gone? From one of
America’s most widely-produced playwrights comes a bitingly funny black comedy about what happens
when the fictions that hold our lives together are exposed.
WHERE: The D.A. Garage – 470 5th Ave SW, New Prague, MN 56071
WHEN: EIGHT PERFORMANCES ONLY: May 9-June 7, 2014
• Friday, May 9 @ 7:30 PM – post-show party at Prairie Pond for all opening night patrons
• Sunday, May 11 @ 2:00 PM
• Saturday, May 17 @ 7:30 PM
• Friday, May 30 @ 7:30 PM
• Sunday, June 1 @ 2:00 PM
• Sunday, June 1 @ 7:30 PM
• Thursday, June 5 @ 7:30 PM
• Saturday, June 7 @ 7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $15 - $18 (subject to change)
Season Memberships on sale now via phone or website
Discounts - 10% off with Season Membership
- 15% off groups of 10 or more
- Daleko FlexPasses available
PHOTOS: http://dalekoarts.com/press
TIX & INFO: DalekoArts.com