Good news, Scrooge: Guthrie Theater ends year in the black


The Guthrie Theater has announced that it turned a small profit, even as some other arts organizations continue to struggle in a recovering economy.

The Guthrie – currently running its 38th year of "The Christmas Carol," the tale of miserly old Scrooge – pinched enough pennies to report a $67,395 surplus on a $28.9 million budget for the 2012 fiscal year that ended Aug. 30, the Star Tribune reports. The newspaper also reports attendance was up about 1 percent to 425,932 from 421,982 last year.

The meager profit, as slim as it might seem, is six times the surplus the theater reported the previous year, the Pioneer Press noted.

In recent years, the theater has had only one deficit, in 2008-2009, when the U.S. economy tanked, Guthrie director Joe Dowling said in the Star Tribune.

Among the biggest hits of the 2011-12 season were the musical "Roman Holiday," and a revival of the Tennessee Williams drama, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," the Pioneer Press reports. Another highlight: the musical drama about Minnesota's own Judy Garland, "End of the Rainbow," which went to Broadway and earned three Tony Award nominations, the newspaper notes.

Next Up

pixabay - us supreme court

MN, WI attorney generals push SCOTUS to block to Texas abortion law

They say the law is in "direct contravention of nearly a half century of binding precedent."

Piper Cherokee

UND student killed in plane crash near Minnesota border

The crash happened Monday night just west of the Minnesota border.

fake airpods

Border officials seize hundreds of fake AirPods at International Falls

The AirPods were in a rail container headed for Ranier.

Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen

With Patrick Peterson injured, Vikings need to unleash the offense

Peterson's absence could have a bigger effect on the opposite side of the ball.

Cam Wiley

Gophers running back Cam Wiley announces plan to transfer

Wiley found himself buried on the depth chart.

sun country

Sun Country adds 7 new routes from MSP Airport this spring

It's also resuming four routes from the Twin Cities.

Walz, Flanagan

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz launches re-election campaign

Their campaign slogan: "One Minnesota. Moving Forward."


Driver dies in single-vehicle crash in Ham Lake

The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Monday.