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Statement from The Chameleon Theatre Circle

The Chameleon Theatre Circle has been proud to be part of the Ames Center, previously the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, since it opened in 2009. Over the course of nine seasons, Chameleon has produced almost 50 plays and musicals, as well as eight New Play Festivals, in the Center's Black Box Theater. We have worked closely with Ames Center staff, but always as an independent company determining our own programming. We are proud of the work we've done, and we are grateful for the role the Ames Center, its staff, and the City of Burnsville have played in making our productions possible.

The Chameleon Theatre Circle and the Ames Center did not reach an agreement for Chameleon's upcoming 20th Season in a way that satisfies the needs of both companies. In light of this, The Chameleon Theatre Circle is currently looking at options for performance space elsewhere for next season.

The Board of Directors did not make this decision lightly. We understand that people have grown accustomed to seeing Chameleon's shows at the Ames Center - we have, too - but it is time for a new chapter in our history. It is our sincere hope that you will come along for this ride as audience members, and as designers, actors, directors, donors, running crew, sponsors, and volunteers. You are all essential.

In a recent Facebook post, and an open letter sent to the Ames Center and the City of Burnsville, Duck Washington, who has worked with Chameleon as a director, actor, and sound designer, articulated his disappointment over the decision to disallow our intended production of his play Caucasian-Aggressive Pandas and Other Mulatto Tales. While we are unable to provide details of our private negotiations with the Ames Center, we can confirm that we have the highest regard for Duck and his work. We regret we will not be able to work with him to bring his show to Burnsville. We hope to see it produced again, with or without Chameleon's assistance.

We greatly look forward to presenting the final three shows of our current season at the Ames Center: Side Show, Mom! The Musical, and Arcadia. Beyond that, we hope to have good news to share soon as to where you can see us in our 20th Season. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each artist and audience member who has had a hand in shaping Chameleon’s path thus far; and we anticipate, with excitement, all of the art yet to come.


Andrew Troth   G.J. Clayburn
Executive Producer   Chair, Board of Directors

On Stage Now

Side Show
Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell; Music by Henry Krieger
Additional Book Material by Bill Condon
Directed by Avian Jangula
March 31 - April 23, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! See Siamese twins go from penniless freak show performers to vaudeville stars! Based on the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Side Show offers a complex look at love, race, and societal expectations in 1930s America through the eyes of its most marginalized outcasts. One plus one equals three in this heartfelt musical about what it means to always have someone by your side.

The Chameleon Theatre Circle's 18th Annual New Play Contest

The Chameleon Theatre Circleis seeking original works that have never been produced. All styles and genres are welcomed (e.g. one-acts, musicals, full length dramas, etc.). The winning plays will be showcased in a concert-format festival in November 2017. All shows submitted will automatically be placed on the slate of shows in consideration for the 2018/2019 season by the Season Planning Committee.

Click here for complete information on our New Play Contest.

The Rest of Season 19

by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Duck Washington
June 2-11, 2017

There was a hermit at Sidley Park. And a genius. And a poet or two. And did someone fight a duel? Or not? In Arcadia, two stories overlap in the same room, almost 200 years apart. In what many regard as his finest play, Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound) bends time and space to bring abstract ideas of math, philosophy, and historical inquiry to vivid life, and irrevocably mixes comedy and tragedy. "You cannot stir things apart."

Mom! The Musical

Book by Judy Freed; Music and Additional Lyrics by Sari Miller; Lyrics by Randi Wolfe
Directed by Bradley Donaldson
May 11-14, 2017

Tickets for Mom are $25 for adults, $22 for students and seniors and $19 for groups of either or more.


Tickets for each production are $22 for adults; $19 for students, seniors, Fringe Button holders, and groups of 8-19; $16 for groups of 20 or more. Tickets will be available at the Ames Center box office and through Ticketmaster online or at 1-800-982-2787 (additional service fees may apply). All prices include a $2 facility fee, required by the Ames Center.

Purchase in person at the Ames Center Box Office at 12600 Nicollet Avenue South, Burnsville, Minnesota, or by calling the Ames Box Office at 952-895-4680. Ticket prices include facility fees. Additional service charges and handling fees may apply.

Become a Member of The Chameleon Theatre Circle

Support The Chameleon Theatre Circle as we continue to create passionate, engaging theatre south of the river, that is artistically excellent and challenging to artists and audiences alike. By becoming a member of The Chameleon Theatre Circle, you are helping us support our mission by allowing us to produce progressive theater from an artistic viewpoint while maintaining low ticket prices in an accessible space. Yearly memberships start at just $25.Click here for more information.