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Bridges of Madison County

Posted by Catherine Lily Wojda on June 24, 2016 at 7:56am 0 Comments

         Downtown Minneapolis was buzzing with Twins fans on the evening of June 21st. Almost as excited, if not more, were the theatre-goers lined up at the Orpheum for opening night of “The Bridges of Madison County”. Based on the novel by Robert James Waller, with the book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, this romance musical takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions as Francesca (Elizabeth Stanley),  falls in love with a…


The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Posted by Hannah Paulsen on June 21, 2016 at 5:05pm 0 Comments

A very small auditorium is filled with a crowded audience and a stage full of young, eager middle school aged kids from all walks of life with one similarity, they all like to spell and are entering into their regional bee to compete for a spot in the National Spelling Bee. Before the auditorium stage is filled, however, one of the moderators of this annual Spelling Bee, Rona Lisa Peretti (Mary Burchill), is starting to set up and reminisces when she won the annual Spelling Bee many years…


Live in Living Color!: Cabaret

Posted by Hannah Paulsen on June 21, 2016 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Cabarets are fun to go to because you get to see a variety of different songs from different musicals all in the same night. Sometimes they weave in together and have a correlation to each other, and sometimes its just a musical variety of songs, both in content and style. Live in Living Color! is a cabaret that shows a variety of shows centered around each of the singers personal correlation to Ashland Productions, who put on this well-rounded cabaret. From Pippin to A…



Posted by Larissa Milles on June 15, 2016 at 10:06am 0 Comments

When I was three years old, my grandparents took me to see a production of The Wizard of Oz. It was my first theatrical experience. Soon after, they began receiving season tickets for The Children’s Theatre Company. Then finally, at the age of six, I got to see The Lion King at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. My love for theatre was created when I was young. I spent many years just watching…



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Newsies' "Extra! Extra!" Energy and inspiration

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Emma MeentsNewsies' "Extra! Extra!" Energy and InspirationSimple stories about the "little guy" can be so much bigger than what lies beneath the surface. This is what one is left with as the stage…Continue

Dirty Dancing

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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?

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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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