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Spring play to be ‘Prelude to a Kiss’

Spring play to be ‘Prelude to a Kiss’

Maggie Klaers, Emily Ziessman, and Ruthie Posada

March 18, 2019


Filed under School clubs and activities, Student Life

The theater company’s spring performance will be a funny love story with a surprising turn of events, according to director Jodi Hatzenbeller. “Peter and Rita meet, they fall fast in love, they get married after 6 weeks and on their wedding day a strange man wanders into the ceremony, kisses t...

Seniors look to final show hopeful, sentimental

Seniors look to final show hopeful, sentimental

Maggie Klaers

March 3, 2019


Filed under School clubs and activities

As senior stage manager Nietzsche Deuel’s last show approaches, she said she can’t help but feel nostalgic looking back over her years in the theater program. “I know for me it’s going to be very sentimental and very emotional and very personal, but I hope that it will be the best one yet,” Deu...

Park competes at Winter One Act Sections

Park competes at Winter One Act Sections

Marta Hill, Emma Leff, and Anika Hanson

February 6, 2019


Filed under School clubs and activities, Showcase

After “The Amish Project” won the first round of the Winter One Act competition, it fell short of qualifying for State at Sections Feb. 2, according to theater director Jodi Hatzenbeller. “We performed very well, and got third place. The Academy of Holy Angels took first, and then second place ...

Winter One Act wins first round of competition

Winter One Act wins first round of competition

Maggie Klaers

February 1, 2019


Filed under School clubs and activities, Showcase

Sophomore lead cast member Lilly Strathman said she was thrilled that theater’s production of “The Amish Project” received first place at the Winter One Act competition Jan. 22 at Edina High School. “I mean we got first place, so that was a cool experience because last year we didn’t m...

Theater hosts Q&A after ‘The Amish Project’ performances

Theater hosts Q&A after ‘The Amish Project’ performances

Anika Hanson and Sophie Olmen

January 23, 2019


Filed under School clubs and activities

Senior crew member Rachel Mattson said the Q&A went very well for both the cast and crew of “The Amish Project” as well as the audiences that attended each performance. “It went a lot better than I expected, there were people who had really amazing questions that we’re thrown back by,...

Company strives for authenticity with play

Company strives for authenticity with play

Maggie Klaers and Sofia Seewald

January 17, 2019


Filed under Student Life

With little Auditorium availability in December, theater director Jodi Hatzenbeller said Winter One Act crew members have been busy preparing for the performances and competition of “The Amish Project.” “The crew has been hard at work over break primarily because we couldn’t access the Aud...

Inappropriate setting, time to represent school shooting

Inappropriate setting, time to represent school shooting

Maria Perez-Barriga

January 13, 2019


Filed under Opinion

This article has been changed Jan. 17 to correct errors. Echo apologizes for the mistakes. Park’s selection for the winter play, “The Amish Project” is based on a true story about the aftermath of a school shooting, which is not to be taken lightly.   2018 has the highest number of school shootings of ...

Theater program receives Spotlight Awards

Theater program receives Spotlight Awards

Maggie Klaers and Sofia Seewald

January 9, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Student Life

Sophomore cast member Phoebe McKinney said she was ecstatic when she learned she received a Spotlight Education award. According to McKinney she worked very hard to bring her lead role to life. “I received an outstanding award. I was extremely happy because I’ve never had to take on a role that c...

Les Miserables exceeds expectations

Les Miserables exceeds expectations

Talia Lissauer

January 9, 2019


Filed under Reviews

It is no surprise that “Les Miserables” is one of America's longest-running musicals—there is something in it for almost everybody. The three-hour musical includes a dramatic love story, battles and a tragedy that doesn't run dry. The show starts out very slow. It's hard to pinpoint who everyon...

Senior takes first lead role

Senior takes first lead role

Marta Hill

January 9, 2019


Filed under School clubs and activities, Showcase

When senior Estelle Tronson first saw the cast list for the winter play, “The Amish Project,” she was surprised to find she had gotten a lead role. “I was really excited, because it is a named role and that is super awesome and exciting for me,” Tronson said. “The only other time I have be...

Age difference expands comfort zone

Age difference expands comfort zone

Isaac Wahl

December 6, 2018


Filed under Features Columns

Eavesdropping at a graduation party, I overheard a woman looking for a young male actor to audition for a show. We ended up talking later that day, and I could tell she was hesitant to ask if I was interested in auditioning. That turned out to be the beginning of my first professional show. After an audition la...

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