Thespian Booster Meeting
Tues., March 14th, 2017
7:00 pm
Black Box Theatre at EHS (Enter at Door 3 and go to the right)
(all parents whose students are interested in the EHS Theatre program are welcome and encouraged to attend)



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Sebastian, Twelfth Night, III-3, Shakespeare


Edina Thespians' Production of 

Peter and the Starcatcher 

was a MAJOR SUCCESS at the 
International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln!

THANK YOU to all of our thespian, artistic team and families 
who represented Edina with professionalism, creativity, 
and outstanding THESPIAN SPIRIT!!

An undertaking like this doesn't happen by accident. It takes an enormous commitment. It takes meticulous planning and hours of rehearsal. It takes all the right people in all the right places. It takes a community and district that not only shows support by coming to the shows, but also shows support by offering help and resources when asked.


It was our third main stage performance at the festival and I think we not only figured out all of the logistics, we also created a template for success. Many other main stage productions were impressed with our show, and want to compare notes, based on our success. On a personal note...Edina is a great place to belong. It is so refreshing to dream and then have it realized.   I knew we were main stage material for many years. Disney and MTI sought us out to perform this show, and we had a lot to live up to and did it.  I also knew it would be tough to accomplish. Every single person jumped on board to make this happen and for that I say...


Thank You!


Tony Matthes

MN Thespian Conference Wrap Up

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in The MN State Thespian Conference.

52 students from EHS, VVMS, and SVMS attended. It was a weekend filled with performances, auditions, and workshops.

Some Edina Highlights were:

7 Edina students were roles onstage and backstage for the All State performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Congrats to Henry Junker, Jack Fisher, Becca Edgington, Emily Neville, Dylan Rickard, Ben Weiman, and Rutger Henriksen
The show was a rousing success and a perfect way to end the first night at the conference.

20 Edina Students participated in the National Individual Events showcase. And as a result were awarded 23 superior rankings. Among them, 7 Edina students were asked to perform in the showcase at the closing ceremonies. All of the superiors will are invited to bring their performances to the 

International Thespian Festival this summer.
Congrats to the following students:

Rutger Henriksen Stage Management
Dylan Rickard Solo Acting
Ella Williams Group and Solo Musical
Audrey Anaya Solo Musical and Solo Acting
Kelly Good Duet Musical
Jack Fisher Duet Musical
Jack Quinby Solo Musical
Delia Bush Group Musical
Abigail Swoap Group Musical an Duet Musical
Gabe Brosius Duet Musical
Elizabeth Schuetzle Duet Musical and Solo Acting
Michael Rodriguez Duet Musical
Jenny Moffitt Group Musical
Elise Toepel Group Musical
Emma Schwert Group Musical
Drew Vanderbilt Solo Musical
Natalie Bartolomei Solo Acting

Edina was represented at the NIES showcase on the mainstage at the Guthrie as well. 

Congrats to Dylan Rickard, Elise Toeple, Ella Williams, Abigail Swoap, Delia Bush, Jenny Moffitt, Emma Schwert, who were selected to perform.

Three Edina students, Dylan Rickard, Elizabeth Schuetzle, and Rutger Henriksen were awarded scholarships based on their portfolio, interview and audition. This is quite an accomplishment because only 6 scholarships were awarded in the entire state, and all three from Edina were awarded.

Our One-Act Play The Jar performed in the Dowling Studio and took first place! Congrats to the cast and crew. 

This is the first time in 7 years that Edina has taken first place. 

Congratulations to:
Megan Henderson, Patricia Jackson, Chris Ude, Rutger Henriksen, Enzo Mejia, Jack Fergesen, Katie Dickey
Isabel Thompson, Emma May, Kylie Poxon, Cal Nasset, Ty Newberry, Drew Vanderbilt, Mar Zacharkevitch, Audrey Anaya.
Just sitting there, I could see how much the judges loved the show. This show got better every time they did it, and it peaked just at the right time. We were all so disappointed to learn of the new rule after we performed. With this rule, and the fact that PATSC was performed and adjudicated first, took our production of The Jar out of the running. We really do wish we had known that rule first, but we are not sorry we showed up and knocked it out of the park, and took first place. The kids onstage and backstage worked really hard to make The Jar take first at the conference, for that we all are very proud as thespians.

All that’s left to be said is:
Congratulations Thespians for going to workshops, meeting kids from other schools, putting yourself out there for college auditions, scholarship auditions, individual events auditions, putting yourself out there onstage for all state (Midsummer) and chapter select showcase (The Jar) performances. 

It was amazing watching you all weekend!

The judges’ comments will be emailed soon, and will shared with those of you who auditioned and performed as soon as possible.

Well done!