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Performing arts programs empower students

Judy Shepard converses with the cast of The Laramie Project. Shepard believes that theater gives students the power to spark social change.
January 13, 2016
Performing arts programs not only improve standardized tests scores and provide an effective way to teach kinesthetic learners, but also support the development of empathy and tolerance.

The Laramie Project offers numbing truth

Maggie Vlietstra as Aaron Kreifels, the man who found Matthew Shepard.
December 7, 2015
The Laramie Project was performed at the Huss Center for Performing Arts on Nov. 20 and Nov 21.

First play in the Huss Center is also a world premiere

Sixth grader Isabella Tunney (Debbie Fine) pedals to save her family and stop robbers, while seventh grader Maren Ostrem, Debbie’s older self, narrates the adventurous story of Dizzy Fantastic. “When Debbie learns that she can fly on her bicycle, she feels empowered to become Dizzy Fantastic, super hero!” Hueller said.
November 9, 2015
Middle School theater season begins with the world premier of Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle written by Middle and Upper School English teacher Andy Hueller.

Urinetown showers audience with social commentary

Spring cast of urinetown rehearse for the big show on May 15. One certainly wouldn’t want to live in the world where this musical is set, but every aspect of its production is sensational to experience. Pictured dancing, from left to right, are freshman John Gisselquist, senior Bill Naas, junior Maren Findlay, junior Taylor Rients, senior Dozie Nwaneri, junior Nissa Rolf, junior Caswell Burr, and freshman Maya Threstha.
May 29, 2015
In the dystopian future city Urinetown has quite literally gone down the toilet. One certainly wouldn’t want to live in the world where this musical is set, but every aspect of its production was sensational to experience.

Qureishy and Samarakoon win Guthrie review contest

The opening scene of The Crucible.
May 21, 2015
InDepth Editor Noor Qureishy took first place and Health Editor Amodhya Samarakoon took third place in The Guthrie Theater review writing contest.

Students tour Huss Center, last opportunity before building opening in August

Students on the tour step on stage to listen to a short presentation from the Coordinators of Construction.
March 4, 2015
On Feb. 27, students were offered a tour of the Huss Center. This was the last possible opportunity to tour the building before its opening in August.

Coaching Comedy

October 24, 2014

Acting coach, Steve Epp, teaches physical comedy acting to the cast of One Man, Two Guvnors. One Man, Two Guvnors will show on Nov. 21-22 at the Sarah Converse Auditorium.

Theater students attend Broadway Student Summit 2014

Sophomores Anna Biggs, Maren Findlay, and Maggie Vlietstra pose for a picture at the Broadway Student Summit.
April 9, 2014

A group of SPA students with an interest in theater attended the Broadway Student Summit 2014, a weekend-long convention designed to connect high school theater buffs with actual Broadway performers, on...

Guthrie’s “Tristan and Yseult” succeeds with dynamic storytelling

Junior InDepth Editor Eva Perez-Greene represented St. Paul Academy and Summit School at Minnesota High School Press Association & Journalism Educators of Minnesota's Journalism Day at the Guthrie.
April 3, 2014

InDepth Editor Eva Perez-Greene won first place for this review, written for Journalism at the Guthrie Day. The Cornish-based theater troupe Kneehigh breathes new life into the Guthrie Theater with...

Upper School students take part in Middle School musical

Upper School students take part in Middle School musical
March 12, 2014

Once they leave eighth grade, most Upper Schoolers don’t give much thought to Middle School theater. However, a handful of US musicians help out once a year with the Middle School musical. This year,...

Cast self-directs The Zig-Zag Woman

Senior Marcus Alburez (left) regales a disapproving waitress, played by sophomore Maggie Vlietstra (right), with a story about his ex-girlfriend who “went to Italy for a facelift and an abortion.” The Zig-Zag Woman is co-directed by the actors.
February 7, 2014

A man walks into a restaurant, and orders enough hamburgers to feed a large family. Tucking into the food, he recounts a story of a disastrous affair he had in Italy—the story ends with his girlfriend...

Senior Charlotte Hughes shares a director’s insight

February 7, 2014

If somebody calls you a “cretinous pig-face” this week, don’t take offense: they may just be asking what time it is. Dogg’s Hamlet, a one-act play by Tom Stoppard and directed by senior Charlotte...

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