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Tickets On Sale For 'The Last Boy In Blue' July 5

The Chatfield News of Chatfield, Minnesota

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The 2012 Western Days theatrical production of "The Last Boy In Blue" by Wit's End Theatre will be Aug. 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. at the Potter Auditorium, Chatfield Center for the Arts!

Tickets go on sale beginning July 5 and this year we are offering a new and convenient way to get your tickets! You can order your tickets online by visiting our Website at, or if you prefer, call our box office phone at 507 867-8780. Please leave a message and your call will be returned during box office hours. You can also still get your tickets in person, if you prefer, by coming to the Potter Center for the Arts between 4 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday beginning July 5. Tickets will not be available at Sunshine Foods.

We hope you will find your ticket buying experience more convenient and streamlined. We are excited to be able to offer these new services to our patrons!

Here is a brief synopsis of what this years production is about:

The Last Boy In Blue Minnesota's Unforgettable Forgotten Story

Written and directed by Chatfield Native, Joe Chase.

At dawn on Aug. 18, 1862 - 150 years ago this summer - Dakota warriors led by Chief Little Crow attacked the Redwood Agency on the Minnesota River. That morning the Dakota killed 25 white men, carried off a dozen captives, and burned the agency buildings. It was the beginning of Minnesota's Dakota War.

As it happened, a company of citizen soldiers from southeastern Minnesota - most of them from Fillmore and Olm-sted counties were the Garrison at Fort Ridgely, just 12 miles from the Redwood Agency and the only Army post for 100 miles. What they did in August 1862 is really remarkable. Twenty-five of them (13 from Chatfield) were killed on Aug. 18, 1862, in the first engagement with the Sioux. The survivors, over the next 10 days, held Fort Ridgely against attack, saving their own lives and the lives of 250 civilian refugees who had fled to the fort for safety. It sounds like a movie, but it's all fact, and Chatfield guys were in the thick of it. And it all happened exactly 150 years ago this August.

Join us this August when Wits End Theatre presents this inspiring story of real-life heroism from Minnesota history.

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Original Publication Date: July 4, 2012

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