On Monday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., Greta and Dennis Oglesby will be performing Christmas by Candlelight as a part of Capri Theater’s holiday programming. The show will feature holiday classics sung in the ambiance of candlelight. The Oglesbys will perform favorites such as “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “My Favorite Things,” and “Mary Did You Know?”, among others. Proceeds will go toward the annual Children’s Gift Sale held by Plymouth Christian Youth Center, the non-profit organization that owns the Capri.
Greta Oglesby is a notable theater performer with credits that include Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Gem of the Ocean, and Caroline, or Change. She has performed at theaters in the Twin Cities as well as across the country, including ETA, Goodman Theatre, Huntington Theatre, and the Guthrie. Oglesby was presented with the Black Theatre Alliance Award (BTAA) for her performance in Train is Comin’; the Joseph Jefferson Award and BTAA for Do Lord Remember Me; and a Jeff Award nomination for Dream of Ophelia. Rev. Dennis Oglesby, her husband, is a pastor at First Wesley Academy and has previously served at Park Avenue United Methodist Church, as well as Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.
The Oglesbys’ holiday show is just a part of the Capri’s holiday programming. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra are presenting a free concert featuring a variety of classical and baroque chamber music, set to take place on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Start the Music!, a morning of musical activities and a 30-minute concert for children, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. In addition, a 10-Minute Play Festival will be presented by high school students in the Capri After School Theater. That show will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and will include That Midnight Rodeo, Other People’s Money, and The Red Coat.
The Capri Theater is a North Minneapolis landmark; among other distinctions, it was where Prince played his first solo show. For photos and more on the history of the Capri, see Andrea Swensson’s Then and Now post. For more information on programming at the Capri, see thecapritheater.org.
Brenda Tran is a student at the University of Minnesota.