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Three Decembers

Skylark Opera Theatre will present the Minnesota premiere of Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers. This poignant chamber opera is based on a story by acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally. The libretto by Gene Scheer tells the bittersweet story of Broadway star Madeline Mitchell and her two adult children, Beatrice and Charlie, as they struggle- across three decades- to become a genuinely loving family. Filled with humor and heartache, sung in English to melodies worthy of a modern musical, this highly popular new opera affirms the power of love to offer healing and hope.

Three Decembers will be directed by the multi-talented Gary Briggle, with musical direction by Carson Rose Schneider.

Three Decembers

Music by Jake Heggie

Libretto by Gene Scheer

Based on an original play by Terrence McNally

Commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera


Skylark is thrilled to announce the stellar three-person Minnesota-based cast. Norah Long makes a welcome return to Skylark in the lead role of Madeline Mitchell, the famous but aging Broadway star, joined by Siena Forest as her daughter Beatrice and, in his Skylark Opera Theatre debut, Tony Potts as Madeline’s son Charlie.


From the South Please be mindful of construction on 35W North (the recommended exit to 31st St is closed). Follow the detour signs and take the exit towards 36th Street. Turn Left at 36th Street.  Turn Right at Lyndale Ave South.  The Jungle will be on your right. Learn more here.

From the North Take 35W South.  Take Exit 17B to merge onto I-94W.  Take Exit 231B for Lyndale Ave/Hennepin Ave. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Lyndale Ave S.  Keep left at fork, and turn left onto Lyndale Ave S at the light. Continue straight on Lyndale about 1.25 miles.  The Jungle will be on your left right before you cross Lake St.

From the WestTake I-394 E.  Take Exit 8A to merge onto Dunwoody Blvd/Wayzata Blvd toward Hennepin Ave. Turn right at Lyndale Ave S.  Slight left to stay on Lyndale Ave S.  The Jungle will be on the left!

From the EastTake I-94W/US-10W toward I-35E.  Continue to follow I-94W.  Take Exit 231B for Lyndale Ave/Hennepin Ave. Keep right at the fork, following the signs for Lyndale Ave S.  At the next fork, keep left, turning to the left onto Lyndale Ave S at the light.  Continue straight about 1.25 miles.  The Jungle will be on your left just before the major intersection of Lake and Lyndale.PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Located just north of the intersections of Lake and Lyndale in Uptown, Minneapolis, The Jungle is easily accessible via Metro Transit on bus routes 4, 21, 53 and 113.

Please refer to the Metro Transit website for specific fares and schedules.

May 12, 13, 14 and May 19. 20, and 21


A - The Garfield LotThe largest of the lots is located directly behind the Jungle. Accessed by Lake St, Lyndale Ave or Garfield Ave. This lot takes credit cards.B - The Uptown Lake Apartments LotThis covered lot is located one block west of Lyndale. To access lot, enter from Aldrich St. This lot takes credit cards.

C. The Herkimer LotThere aren't many spaces in this lot but it is open to the public. Enter either on Lyndale or, better yet, through the alley off of Lake St.

D. Metered Street ParkingAvailable all along Lake Street and is available on Lyndale avenue between 29th Street and 31st Street. Payment can be taken at kiosks or by the Minneapolis Parking app.

E. Free Street Parking Available along surrounding streets such as Garfield Ave, Harriet Ave, Bryant Ave S, and more.

*NOTE: Parking on Garfield Avenue (east of the Garfield lot) is free, but do not park on the Greenway Bridge. This is against Minnesota State Law and could result in ticketing/towing. We encourage our patrons not to leave any valuables in your vehicle. 

Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Skylark Opera Theatre Public Health Policy

The health and safety of Skylark Opera Theatre’s patrons, performers, production crew and theater staff remains a high priority. We are observing all safety requirements and recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and city and county guidelines related to indoor events. All Skylark Opera Theatre performers, production crew and theater staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID, including all available boosters, and seasonal influenza vaccines. At this time all ticketholders will not be required to wear a mask, or show proof of full vaccination or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Hand sanitizer stations will be available at the entrances to the theater area and in key higher-traffic locations. We will continue to monitor public health conditions and update our website with changes as recommendations from MDH, the CDC, and City and County are announced.

Sale Closed: 5/22/23 at 12:00 am