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Theater makes best of difficult situation

Park students rehearse for the fall play over zoom during a virtual rehearsal on Oct. 5. “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Show” will likely be available to watch late November.

Gabriel Kaplan

October 13, 2020

Thespian co-president and senior Phoebe McKinney said they are grateful for the opportunity to host a show this fall — “Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play” — but preparing and performing online poses a series of unique challenges. “It’s very interesting to see how we are adapting to i...

‘The Music Man’ is music to my ears

Fair use from Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Noah Orloff

March 13, 2020

Song after song, my memories of watching the 1962 “The Music Man” film many years ago fluttered back, a telltale sign of an accurate rendition of an iconic plot.  Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ performance of “The Music Man,” was strong in every way, prompting that feeling of nostalgia within...

Choir makes unfortunate schedule decision

Junior Leo Dworsky and other members of the ‘Hairspray’ cast perform their final dress rehearsal Feb. 19. Choir performed the musical “Hairspray” Feb. 20–Feb. 23.

Colin Canaday

February 23, 2020

Scheduled for 8-11 p.m. Feb. 22, the Sno Daze dance directly conflicted with the high school choir rendition of “Hairspray” on the same day at 2 p.m. The competition between these two events demonstrates concerns with current scheduling procedures and has the potential to turn away prospective actors...

Theater stays positive in the face of loss

Abigail Prestholdt, Writer

February 3, 2020

Theater performed their one-act “Love/Sick” at Sections, placing fourth overall against other schools in Minnesota. Theater director Jodi Schifsky said the performance was well done and although the theater team did not do as well as they hoped, they still took advantage of the experience. ...

Theater program offers student discount

Fair use from Hennepin Theatre Trust: The musical Hamilton came to the Orpheum in the summer of 2019. As one of the Hennepin Theatre Trust theaters in Minneapolis, the Orpheum has a student and educator rush program for some of their shows.

Samantha Klepfer

January 31, 2020

Senior Maddie Lind said the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s student and educator rush program does a great job of administering lower prices, making tickets to shows more accessible to students. “It was super cheap for incredible seats at this Disney show and it was kind of magical,” Lind said.  ...

Theater prepares for one act

Freshman Wes Anderson and sophomore Caroline Butler practice a scene to prep for the one-act. The one-act will be performed at 7 p.m. Jan. 17-18 as well as Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at the High School Auditorium.

Abigail Prestholdt

January 13, 2020

According to theater director Jodi Schifsky, this year’s one-act will bring many emotions to the audience through the differing relationship stories it tells.  “It is unique because it's all two-person scenes, it is a collection of nine two-person scenes, all about love, whether it's the joy of fin...

‘Cats’ got my tongue

Fair use from Universal Pictures. According to Vogue, Victoria Hayward, a Royal Ballet principal dancer, made her debut acting performance in “Cats.” She played Victoria, the abandoned cat that the Jellicile cats befriend.

Maggie Klaers

December 22, 2019

The opening number of "Cats" left me searching for the exit. I was thrown into a plotless show with a sudden dance number and no explanation. From the very beginning, the bizarrely designed costumes burned my eyes. Even after finishing the entirety of the movie, I still cannot wash the image of the...

Theater renovations to update lights, stage, dressing rooms

Seniors Ruby Stillman and Sam Sietsema rehearse their roles for

Marta Hill

December 9, 2019

Looking forward to the Auditorium renovations that will start in June, sophomore stage manager Jacob Khabie said many theater participants are nervous because of the lack of information they have received. “Honestly not a lot is known, and that scares a lot of people in theater right now,” Kha...

Theater rehearses dance numbers for ‘Legally Blonde’

Sophomores Olivia Brown and Mackenzie Peshong rehearse the opening number of the upcoming fall musical

Maggie Klaers and Emily Ziessman

November 4, 2019

Dance captain and senior Ruby Stillman said “Legally Blonde” uses dances to relay the message of the story. “Dance numbers are really important because they’re really entertaining and they’re really difficult, but they tell a big piece of the story,” Stillman said. Stillman said prep...

Theater prepares for fall musical

Choreographer Julianne Mundale, junior Lilly Strathman, sophomore Dayanara Mora Zengel and freshmen Haley Nielson and Gwendolyn Rockler-Gladen rehearse the opening number of “Legally Blonde”. The show will open 7 p.m., Nov. 15 in the Auditorium.

Maggie Klaers and Emily Ziessman

September 30, 2019

According to thespian president senior Ruby Stillman, Park’s next production is set to be “Legally Blonde”. “(‘Legally Blonde’) deals with really tough topics in a fun way. Feminism, obviously, but also stereotypes of women and how that is overcome and how that plays out. Also, sexual...

‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ goes right

Fair use from Broadway Goes Wrong

Samantha Klepfer

June 7, 2019

As someone who expects her theater endeavours to include dramatic moments where the actors break into song, “The Play That Goes Wrong” was uncharted territory for me. Heading into the ballad-less show I have to admit my expectations were low. The moment I sat down, the play began, though not ever...

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