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I've Got "White Christmas" To Keep Me Warm

Posted by Noah Coon on November 28, 2014 at 8:50am 0 Comments

White Christmas brought electric warmth to the hearts of Minnesotans attending the show at the Orpheum.  Many people have heard this song sung by the famous Bing Crosby, but this show takes Crosby’s slow croon and adds speed, pizzazz, and a large amount energy to spice up the typical Christmas traditions.  The pure voices of this cast combine with the phenomenal dancing to create a night of pure joy. 

The show follows Bob Wallace (James Clow) and Phil Davis (Jeremy Benton), two World…

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White Christmas: Tis the Season

Posted by Laura Wyatt on November 27, 2014 at 8:19pm 0 Comments

The Christmas spirit is easily shared around the season, and Tuesday night at the Orpheum was no exception. Opening night of Irwing Berlin’s White Christmas was overall fabulous, and few flaws were present. With the elaborate costumes, huge dance numbers, and even fake snow, this production does not disappoint theater-goers looking to get into the spirit of Christmas.

Looking at the impressive technical elements, from…

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An Empty Box Tied Up with String: Irving Berlin's White Chrsitmas

Posted by Nathaniel Larson on November 26, 2014 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

    

   Don't be deceived--Some of the characters may look the same, but the musical and the movie have completely different vibes.

     When the song “White Christmas” passes through your mind, you can’t help but dream of sitting in a cozy family-filled room with…

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"Papa Needs More Laffy Taffy"

Posted by Ryan Lenard on November 10, 2014 at 11:03pm 0 Comments

By: Ryan Lenard

                As I entered the auditorium of North High School Friday night, to view their production of Grease,  I found myself very unprepared for what I was about to see. By that, I mean I had no idea what Grease was even about except for the fact that it is a very popular movie and many people around me seemed very excited to see it performed live. The story focuses on two teenage lovers; Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski, and their…

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Dirty Dancing

Started by Zoë Makila in Uncategorized Oct 10. 0 Replies

Do you think Dirty Dancing the stage play would work as a stand alone? I'm curious if you think it's strong enough and has enough of a plot by itself to carry people through without having seen the…Continue

Are Critics Too Snobby?

Started by Dudley Voigt in Uncategorized May 17, 2012. 0 Replies

TC Daily Planet 5/16Jay Gabler, Front Row Seat,When a movie critic says something my dad doesn't agree with, Dad will grunt. "Those critics see too many movies! They have no idea what the average…Continue

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    What is SpotLight's Critical Reviewer Program?

    SpotLight's Critical Review Program gives high school students the opportunity to attend and review touring Broadway productions and SpotLight school productions. Critical Review is part of a larger curriculum that teaches communication skills, and enhances critical thinking and creative response. As part of this program, students receive study guides and press kits before the show, learn from experts including local theatre critics, playwrights and actors who discuss topics from lighting design to choreography, and in some cases, have expanded access to the Broadway touring cast and crew. 

    This program is funded through the generous support of Fred and Ann Moore.

     
     
     

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