Mark Chamberlain


The Hoopla Train

Daily from Oct. 12-14
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15
2 p.m.

Given how integral polka has been to the cultural history of Minnesota, it’s surprising that more performers don’t try to incorporate it into theatrical productions. Okay, maybe not that surprising. But now, some of the Twin Cities’ top actors have joined forces to celebrate our state’s community dancing tradition in an interactive production called Hoopla Train. After touring to 14 dance halls and ballrooms across greater Minnesota in 2015, the show is taking up residence at three Minneapolis and St. Paul venues (Minneapolis Eagles #34, Rushford Hall, Czech and Slovak Sokol MN). Led by the top-notch comic actor Jim Lichtscheidl, a seven-member troupe joins forces with the Chmielewski Funtime Band to present a vaudeville-style variety show that encourages audiences to get up and polka (and foxtrot, and waltz). If you think you’ve got game, there’s even a talent contest with prizes. Or, if your polka’s a little rusty, you can show up an hour before showtime for a free lesson. Will city slickers fall for the Sod House schtick the way small-town audiences did? With seasoned entertainers like Luverne Seifert, Elise Langer, and Kimberly Richardson on board the Hoopla Train, you’ll be in good hands. hFor tickets go to