- Associated Press - Monday, April 18, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The University of Minnesota plans to shutter its theatrical showboat on the Mississippi River after this summer.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1TfYi8L) reports the Minnesota Centennial Showboat will be shuttered after a 60-performance run of the melodrama “Under the Gaslight.”

A 15-year agreement is expiring between the university, which owns the boat, and the city of St. Paul, where the boat is moored at Harriet Island.

University students have staged theatrical productions on the showboat - with one interruption - since 1958.

The first showboat was an old paddlewheeler docked along the Mississippi River bottoms below campus. In 1993, the boat was floated downstream to Harriet Island for restoration. The boat was destroyed by fire shortly before it was to reopen in 2000. A new boat, with a 210-seat theater, opened in 2002.

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Online:

https://www.showboat.umn.edu

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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