Know Your True North: An early look at V1’s upcoming stage show at the Pablo

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

BRINGING FANTASTIC STORIES TO LIFE. Jodie Arnold is one of the featured storytellers at Volume One’s upcoming Pablo Center stage show, True North, a jam-packed storytelling event like no other.
BRINGING FANTASTIC STORIES TO LIFE. Jodie Arnold is one of the featured storytellers at Volume One’s upcoming Pablo Center stage show, True North, a jam-packed storytelling event like no other.

We’re trying something we’ve never done before. This November at the Pablo Center at the Confluence, Volume One is teaming up with Chippewa Valley Technical College to bring the work of nine unique, locally based storytellers andwriters to life in a one-of-a-kind stage show using stunning visuals, a live score by S. Carey and the Bookhouse Boys, and a small cast of additional performers.

"These are stories of honest folks, life-changing events, and the Midwest that we call home. Everyone will find a bit of
themselves throughout the evening." – Jake Lindgren, director of True North

True North: Real Wisconsin Stories Unfolding Live On Stage runs two nights on the Jamf Theatre stage at the newly opened Pablo Center on Nov. 16 and 17, and it’s a truly unique collaboration between some of the most talented visual artists, filmmakers, illustrators, musicians, and wordsmiths in the region … with a great after-party to boot.

“True North is showcasing the best our Chippewa Valley has to offer, not just through the variety of artists being represented, but also through the tales being shared,” said the show’s director, Jake Lindgren. “These are stories of honest folks, life-changing events, and the Midwest that we all call home. Everyone will find a bit of themselves throughout the evening.”

The stories told at True North are all over the map in thrilling ways. From a haunted house that drives an Eau Claire family to religious conversion, to a biographical profile of Eau Claire’s infamous “cave lady,” to stories of harrowing police encounters, a legendary local dancer, stolen art, and a misplaced deer carcass – the stories are gripping at times, heart-wrenching at others, and entertaining all the way through.

With the addition of digital visuals and performance art – illustration, film, puppetry, acting, dance, music, and more – these become more than just stories. An event like this brings together some seriously notable figures in the region’s literary, music, theater, and art scenes – all for one big show.

“I think this is a fantastic way for local artists to work together who typically may not have an opportunity to collaborate,” Lindgren said. “My hope is that we will draw a diverse crowd, as there truly is something for everyone.”

Between producers, artists, and behind-the-scenes players, there are well over 35 talented folks putting this thing together, all in a brand new arts center.

Tickets for both nights of True North are on sale right now at pablocenter.org.

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