Trailblazing theater artist Anita Ruth hangs up her baton

“Can we not use the phrase ‘retire?'” advised music director Anita Ruth.

Honest sufficient. Ruth is “stepping away” after 17 years at Artistry, the place she’ll conduct “Shrek” via Aug. 14.

Ruth is saying goodbye to the grind of rehearsals, though in case you’re directing “Enjoyable Residence,” “Assassins” or “West Aspect Story,” she’ll discuss. After 5 many years as a music director — beginning at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres within the early ’70s, when feminine administrators had been uncommon — she’s able to do different issues.

“After ‘Shrek,’ we’re instantly getting within the trailer and going to the Higher Peninsula of

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