An outdoor picnic operetta is set for Saturday, Sept. 14, at the New York Mills Sculpture Park.

"The Clemency of Tito’s Tennis Club: A Picnic Operetta" is a new adaptation of Mozart’s opera, "La Clemenza di Tito," with high-stakes sports drama, natural disasters and '80s new wave music, according to a news release.

An edible opera adventure for the whole family, "A Picnic Operetta" marks its 11-year tradition of celebrating the harvest with a unique blend of music, food, and storytelling. In this adaptation of Mozart’s opera, a rag-tag group of players is resurrecting a defunct tennis club. But backstabbing, bitterness, and a murderous revenge plot threaten their rise to the top of Rome's championship match. Will they find redemption before Mount Vesuvius covers them in ash? When can cheaters be forgiven?

Mozart wrote "La Clemenza in 1791." It premiered two months before his death at age 35. It was commissioned for the coronation of Leopold II, King of Bohemia, and upholds a clear political agenda — reinforcing the wisdom and benevolence of the aristocracy.

Producing Artistic Director Scotty Reynolds states, “Using athletic events as the site of corruption, call-outs, and cheating is a metaphor for events that test the strength of empathy and forgiveness. In our version, we want to wrestle with forgiveness and clemency, not as something that is handed down by those in power, but something that can come from community healing.”

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Reservations are encouraged for the 2 p.m. event. The $10-$20 donation per person is suggested, though "no one will be turned away for lack of funds," according to the release. Patrons should bring lawn chairs and water; blankets, bug spray and sunscreen will be provided.

For more information or to make a reservation and/or donation, call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or visit