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‘Sweet Land’ premieres at Taproot Theatre this week

The West coast premiere of the new musical “Sweet Land” opened for previews at Taproot Theatre last night; opening night is this Friday. It runs through Aug. 18 and is recommended for ages 12 and up.

The musical is based on the film “Sweet Land” by Ali Selim and the short story “A Gravestone Made of Wheat” by Will Weaver. Taproot’s performance is directed by Karen Lund.

Molli Corcoran and Tyler Todd Kimmel in “Sweet Land, the Musical” at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

In this sweeping musical that soars like the Minnesota skies, a young German woman crosses the sea to marry a man she’s never met. What should be their happy ending is met with suspicion and prejudice as friends and neighbors abandon them. But when hardship befalls the community, Inge and Olaf sacrifice everything to save their friends.

A pay-what-you-can performance is July 18, and post-play discussions follow Wednesday night performances (excluding preview night July 11). There is no evening performance on July 25 due to the Greenwood Seafair Parade, but a 7:30 p.m. performance has been added on July 24.

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