2016-2017

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Music and Lyrics by William Finn,

Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare

Dear Finder, by Tom Isbell; MN State High School League One-Act Festival

In the Heights, Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda


2015-2016

Crazy for You, Book by Ken Ludwig, Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin

Peter and the Starcatcher, by Rick Elice

The Jar, by Luigi Pirandello; MN State High School League One-Act Festival

Freckleface Strawberry, Book by Gary Kupper and Rose Caiola, Music and Lyrics by Gary Kupper, based on the books written by Julianne Moore


2014-2015

Little Shop of Horrors, Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken

The Odd Couple, by Neil Simon

Twelve Angry Jurors, by Reginald Rose and Sherman L. Sergel; MN State High School League One-Act Festival

Spring Showcase


2013-2014

Fiddler on the Roof, Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by John Heimbuch

Rhinoceros, by Eugene Ionesco; MN State High School League One-Act Festival

Band Geeks, Book by Gordon Greenberg, Music by Mark Allen, Music and Lyrics by Gaby Alter, Concept, Music, Lyrics and Book by Tommy Newman


2012-2013

Bye, Bye Birdie, Book by Michael Stewart, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Lee Adams

On the Razzle, by Tom Stoppard

We Moo Shu a Merry Christmas, by Linnea Valdivia and Fred ChengMN State High School League One-Act Festival


2011-2012

Urinetown

The Diviners

Burial at ThebesMN State High School League One-Act Festival








EHS took on Hopkins for the state crown of the ComedySportz High School League and came out victorious. This is our third state crown in four years!


A huge Thank You! goes out to all who made our brush up performances here and our main stage performances at the 2014 International Thespian Festival so memorable and life changing!  Our boosters and patrons are the real heroes here!  We would not have been able to do it without you!

Dear Thespian Boosters, Cast, Crew, Pit Musicians, Artistic Team, Edina Administration, Edina Staff, Edina Community and Theatre Supporters,

 I want to say thanks to all of you who helped the Edina High School Thespians perform Fiddler On The Roof at the International Thespian Festival in June. Only weeks of have passed since our performance, and we were honored to represent Edina in front of 4000 audience members at the festival. It was an enormous undertaking, and with the incredible support we received, we could not miss. The production was so well received!

 I remember the audience standing and raising their arms in the air to pay homage to the song Rich Man during the Act 2 entr'acte in anticipation as they waited for Act 2 to begin. I remember hearing students from other schools asking their teachers on the way out of the theatre "why can't we do a show like that?" 

It truly was beautiful.  I have heard back from so many teachers and directors about how much they loved our production.  Many said that they would never even think of doing Fiddler because they weren’t fond of the show.  They didn’t think the kids could relate and they didn’t think the show was funny.  But then they saw our production and loved it.  They said it had lots of heart was funny and very well done.  Jay Seller Educational Theater Association President came up to me with tears in his eyes, saying thanks for bringing a classic and doing it so well.  Mary Schuttler professor at University of Northern Colorado was in tears as well.  Julie Woffington executive director of Edta was full of praise as well. So again, thanks for your support.  You should check out some of the pictures on the thespian festival tumbler.   

Some especially memorable moments for me are:

•             Watching our student techies place 4th in the tech Challenge, and watching our tech kids working at that professional facility.  The staff at the theatre was so impressed and knows they will be seeing a lot more of us in the future.

•             Seeing the kids make friends with others from all around the country. And also watching them get to know and appreciate each other more.  An experience like this really stretched them and in the end they are closer and appreciate each other and the program more.

•             Watching the Edina kids bond with all of the adult volunteers. The experience was so rewarding for both students and the staff and adults involved.

•             Watching 7 of our juniors audition for colleges. Every student received a call back from at least one college.

•             On the Thursday before our performance watching the 53' truck pull in and the 50 or so family volunteers help unload the set.  Then after the cast, crew and pit rehearsed in a room in the building next door.  When I heard us with the pit for the first time in a week, I knew we were ready.

•             The arrival of the student pit orchestra. This group of students also came on Thursday and was so prepared! Edina was one of only three musicals at the festival that used an entire student pit orchestra, and our pit was amazing! The other schools either hired professionals, or had a recording.

•             Watching the entire set being built and struck by parents, cast, crew, we had that set up in plenty of time.

•             Seeing the looks on our kids' faces as they received a spontaneous standing ovation from a crowd of 2300. Later at the dance and on campus, the kids were congratulated and affirmed by so many of the festival attendees.

Each crew was so organized. The parents and students were so prepared for every moment onstage and backstage. It was exciting! It was worthwhile! It was life changing according to many students.

 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 second 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. I knew after the opening number "Tradition" way back in November that we were going to be selected. 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

Director Fiddler On The Roof