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      The audience falls silent, the lights dim and the show begins.  Another performance has begun at Theatre L’Homme Dieu in Alexandria, MN.  And somewhere in that audience, you might be able to find Jeanne Batesole, board member and long-time supporter of this organization.  She is also a fundholder at the Alexandria Area Community Foundation.

      Jeanne moved to the Alexandria area with her husband Virgil (now deceased) in the mid-1990s.  Virgil grew up around Lake L’Homme Dieu and knew many people in the area.  Being new to the area herself, Jeanne decided to join a Business and Professional Women’s group.  One of their first outings….to Theatre L’Homme Dieu.  And she fell in love with it. “We went to all kinds of theatrical and musical performances when we lived in California so to find this sort of place that makes the arts and theatre accessible for everyone was just wonderful,” recalls Jeanne. Not an actress herself, Jeanne loves to work behind the scenes to make things happen.  “I believe that being exposed to these performances and stories helps everyone. It just makes the community better when you can understand where other people are coming from.” Now serving on the board of directors, Jeanne is committed to supporting the mission of Theatre L’Home Dieu.  She cares deeply about making sure the audience is filled with people from all walks of life and that the theatre is a place for everyone.

      In 2014, Theatre L’Homme Dieu was the recipient of a $23,000 grant from Alexandria Area Community Foundation Difference Maker grant round which was used to support a new roof, accessible doors and audio equipment. Theatre L’Homme Dieu performs up to 6 theatrical shows a year with a number of music concerts. They also offer classes where youth can come and learn different aspects of performing and the arts.  For more information about Theatre L’Homme Dieu, visit

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