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Garrison Keillor to perform Saturday evening in Worthington

He will be joined by singer Prudence Johnson and pianist Dan Chouinard.

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Garrison Keillor
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WORTHINGTON — An evening of storytelling by one of Minnesota’s masters is on tap Saturday at Worthington’s Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

Garrison Keillor, along with singer Prudence Johnson and pianist Dan Chouinard, will take the stage for the 7 p.m. performance. Tickets for the show are still available and can be purchased online at friendsoftheauditorium.com/tickets, via phone or at the box office between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. through Friday. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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Prudence Johnson
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The Keillor & Company production will weave together a mix of stand-up, storytelling, audience singing, and poetry. There will be news from Lake Wobegon, a town booming with new entrepreneurs, makers of artisanal firewood and gourmet meatloaf, breeders of composting worms, and dogs trained to do childcare.

Meanwhile, there’s the endurance of the Living Flag on Main Street, and an acapella sing-along with the audience will include an odd medley of patriotic songs, pop standards, hymns, and the National Anthem.

This is Keillor’s second performance at Worthington’s Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center (MAPAC). His previous visit was in October 2019

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“We were excited to be able to bring him back because we had just a

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Dan Chouinard
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great time last time,” said MAPAC Managing Director Tammy Makram. “It’s just a fun evening of laughter and good times — and we all need that right now.”

Unlike his 2019 visit, Keillor will be joined by Johnson and Chouinard. Johnson is “an amazing singer,” according to Makram, and has appeared in multiple movies. She often joins Keillor on Prairie Home Companion. Chouinard, meanwhile, is a talented musician and pianist.

“The three of them are going to put on a wonderful evening of music, storytelling, and jokes,” Makram assured.

The show will be completely different from Keillor’s 2019 appearance on the MAPAC stage.

“All of the things he does are unique,” Makram said. “Garrison will still be Garrison — he’ll still wind his stories, have audience participation and a sing-along, so that will be fun.”

Makram advises people to get their tickets prior to Saturday evening, as they are less expensive if purchased in advance.

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