A Minneapolis residential real estate investment company, Homestead Road, has commissioned an original “street theater” production to be performed for the second year at the May Day Festival in Powderhorn Park on Sunday, May 1.
Minneapolis, MN, USA — A Minneapolis residential real estate investment company, Homestead Road, has commissioned an original “street theater” production to be performed for the second year at the May Day Festival in Powderhorn Park on Sunday, May 1. There will be four performances that day, weather permitting. A preview of the performance can be viewed at https://youtu.be/9oZkFCY5QzY.
The performance theme is based on 2500 people being uprooted from their homes in Western Massachusetts in 1938 to make way for a man made reservoir. Deeply affected by the heart rending story, the artist Sue Chaffee decided to bring the lost homes back to life in watercolor paintings. One of those paintings was selected for Homestead Road’s logo at the top of this page, because what the artist did is a perfect metaphor for what the company does, which is to bring homes back to life for future families.
Homestead Road published a 20 page book that retells the story. A copy of the Storybook can be viewed at http://www.fliphtml5.com/xspp/kuex Hard copy versions are available free upon request.
The street theater production retells this story, as dancers called “Roadies” wield giant paint brushes applying paint to a distressed “lost home” as it magically transforms to its restored glory. A family dances for joy at the sight of their new home, and the entire troupe of 12 performers celebrate in choreography and acrobatics to lively music.
The walls of Homestead Road’s offices are adorned with the 24 paintings in the artist’s series. They testify to how important the home is in the human experience. They inspire the employees to put themselves in the shoes of the people and families they serve, and to place their needs above all else.
Looking at these homes, one can imagine the joy of family life that once resonated within the walls, and the laughter of children who once played in the yards. Roads that once led to the towns can still be followed to the water’s edge.