Happy New Year!

Are you staying warm during this chilly January? We hope so! All of us here at Limb are staying nice and toasty in the studio, working hard for what will be an exciting next few months. We love seeing all the new faces for our Free January Classes and the familiar faces of students refreshed from winter break. We have a big year ahead...there's so much to look forward to!

Annie  cast members during rehearsal - 6 weeks 'til showtime!

Annie cast members during rehearsal - 6 weeks 'til showtime!

Annie tickets go on sale on February 1! Mark your calendars for February 27 and 28 when we'll grace The O'Shaughnessy's stage. Another way to support Out on a Limb and this production is to volunteer - check out our needs below and let us know if you have a talent you'd like to share.

It's hard to believe, but our annual benefit Soirée is just around the corner as well! This year, we'll be hosting our event at the gorgeous Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis on April 17. We'd love to have you join our planning committee and help make our event a success! Learn more about how to get involved below.

Connect with us! If you don't already, be sure you're following Out on a Limb on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for the most recent news and updates. There's much to come this winter and spring...


Get ready! Tickets on sale February 1st!

Get ready! Tickets on sale February 1st!

An Interview with Annie

Get to know Sadie Woolman-Schlukebier who plays the title role!

Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m ten years old and I am in fifth grade. I’ve been with Out on a Limb for about two years, but then I’ve also danced at other places for about seven or eight years. My favorite dance style is tap. I also like jazz.

What did it feel like when you were told you were selected for the lead in Annie? I was really happy. I didn’t know what to say or anything, but I also didn’t want anybody else to be sad. It’s hard when a lot of people want the same part.

What's your favorite part about being on stage doing dance theater?  I like to dance in front of the school kids, because I like to be in school, and I wish I could go to places and see other people in dance shows.I think that would be a lot of fun. At first, before I start dancing I’m really nervous. Once I start dancing, I sort of get used to it and forget about it and how many people are going to be watching and just dance my part.

What do you like to do when you're not dancing?  I like to play piano. It’s my other hobby, and I also like to read too. And watch TV. My favorite TV show is Master Chef Junior, my favorite book is “Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson. I just did an essay on it recently at school. 

What do you want to do when you're all grown up and done with school? I want to be a dancer and a dance teacher too.I also want to be a school teacher. I’d like to do all three.
- Michael Kleber-Diggs, Volunteer & Parent of Elinor


Getting Involved: Be a Part of the Magic of Annie

It takes a lot of people and a lot of love to bring our productions to life. Volunteering is the heart of Out on a Limb and a fun way to work behind the scenes and help us create a remarkable show.If you have a talent that you'd like to share, please contact Kimberly Palmer. Our Current Needs:

Costume Shop – If you’re good with a needle and thread, or simply know how to use a scissors, we can use your help in the costume shop! With 34 Orphans and 35 Circus Characters (not to mention all of the other characters you know and love) there’s a lot to do! If the dancers are rehearsing, you’ll likely find us in the costume shop so stop on by…

Prop Shop - If you're handy with tools or a paintbrush, consider sharing your skills.

Feed a Dancer – This is the time of year when rehearsals start to get long! We're excited to offer a healthy and inexpensive alternative to running out and buying food during breaks. Once again this year, we're hoping to have families work in pairs throughout February to bring in meals during our dinner breaks. Interested in helping with a meal? Start warming up those crock pots, check your calendars and contact Kimberly. Our first meal will be January 31, with more dates to follow.

Video Skills – Do you have skills filming and editing video? Know someone who does? Would you be available on January 23 to film our Press Preview or edit existing video from past shows? Let us know!

Donate Your Stuff

There are some specific prop needs that we have for Annie. Please contact Karen Johnson if you think you can help! All donations are tax-deductible. Our current needs:

  • Daddy Warbuck's Desk
  • Straight back wooden chair
  • Wooden push broom
  • Feather dusters

Thank you for your support!

Kick-Off Meeting  |  Saturday, January 17 at 2:30pm

Out on a Limb's annual benefit, Soirée will take place this year on April 17 at the Ritz Theater! We'd love for you to join the Soirée Committee and help us make the event a success. If you're interested, please join us on Saturday, January 17 at 2:30pm for our first meeting at the studio.

Last year's Soirée raised over $10,000 doubling the previous year's donations. Are you ready to do it again? We are! This year, our PAE students will be performing Cinderella and we'll be hosting a silent auction, appetizers and drinks, a wall of wine and more. Please bring your ideas and your skills! Specifically, we're looking for people with talents to share in the following areas:

  • Fundraising and Sponsorships
  • Donation Solicitation
  • Food and Beverage
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Decoration and Staging
  • Video Production

If you're unable to attend the meeting, but are still interested in being part of the planning team, please contact Kimberly.

As part of our mission to bring dance within everyone's reach, Out on a Limb is offering FREE classes to new students in January. This is a great opportunity to encourage that would-be dancer to give class a try. From Ballet to Hip Hop to classes that offer a combination of dance techniques, we have something for everyone ages 3-Adult.

Feel free to stop in for a class over the next couple weeks! For info available here.


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