“Little Dot Hetherington at the Old Bedford” by Walter Sickert, c. 1888. The original Bedford Music Hall, aka the Old Bedford, was located at 93-95 High St., Camden Town, London, from 1861 through 1898.

Ring out the old, ring in the new

"Ghosts in Greasepaint" returns to its Twin Cities birthplace with five performances at the Celtic Junction Arts Center in St. Paul. 

Under the direction of the original creative team, the audience is invited to don period costumes, sing along, and be transported to the bygone era of the Victorian MusicHall. 

A festive champagne toast concludes each show, making "Ghosts in Greasepaint" the ideal way to usher in the New Year, with one of five performances on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 30 and 31 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets can be bought at celticjunction.org for $25 in advance and $30 at the door, with complimentary admission for those age 18 and under.

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Clive Edgerton and Julia Carey conceived of the show, and the Theatre Exchange of Minneapolis produced it in 1993 to great acclaim. Under the direction of Julia Carey and musical director Roderick Kettlewell, "Ghosts in Greasepaint" received great reviews and a sell-out run while taking audiences on a journey back in time.

The performance draws on the experiences of the Victorian working class, including immigrants in the East End of London. The narrative traverses through time and social strata, from the humble streets of the lower class to the dazzling world of the upper crust. Here, music halls became the sensation, and their performers the stars.

Ghosts in Greasepaint traveled from its debut in Minneapolis to a run in New York City and finally to London where it evolved into a popular annual tradition at Triple C Theatre. Three decades later, Celtic Junction is delighted to bring “Ghosts in Greasepaint” home to the Twin Cities.