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Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

   Minnesota Musical Theatre's production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson was very good. The musical is not. I really liked what MMT did with their choreography, lights and costumes, and the cast was really phenomenal. My issue lies with the script and book. I understand that the musical is a satire, to be taken lightly and as an equal-opportunity offender, but I really didn't like it. Overall I'd give it a two out of five.

  I have no problem with offensive musicals (Avenue Q and…


Added by Piper Shatz-Akin on June 19, 2014 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

Ghost is Hauntingly Awesome

     Wow. Like seriously wow. Ghost (June 18-23 at the Orpheum) blew me away with its illusions, choreography, and execution of technical endeavors, so that's what I'm going to talk about. To be honest, this play would have been just as, if not more entertaining to watch without sound. It was beautifully designed and performed and I seriously can't get over how cool the set was.

     Before I explode in technical observations, I will touch on the plot and actors. Based on the hit…


Added by Piper Shatz-Akin on June 19, 2014 at 5:03pm — 2 Comments

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

    When I told my dad the plot of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, he said, “And is that a musical?”

    “Yes,” I said, “it’s a rock musical.”

    My dad laughed and said, “That was a joke.”

    That was kind of how I was feeling about the show before I went and saw it as well. I was fortunate enough to get to see the first ten minutes or so of Bloody Bloody in the rehearsal stage, so I had a bit of an idea what I was getting, but I wasn’t sure how a show about a U.S. president…


Added by Allie Brown on June 16, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Sister Act

When I went to see Sister Act, I hadn’t seen the movie. All I knew was that it was about singing nuns. I had no idea if it would be any good, but I was excited to find out. In the end, I left the theatre pretty happy with what I had seen.

I thought that the singing was absolutely fantastic. I had two favorite actors. The first was Ta’rea Campbell who played Deloris. She was funny and she had a great singing voice. But my ultimate favorite was Ashley Montz who played Sister Mary Robert.…


Added by Allie Brown on June 16, 2014 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Spotlight Showcase Workshop

As a member of Southwest High School’s Thoroughly Modern Millie cast, I was given the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Spotlight Showcase at the Orpheum Theatre. We had three rehearsals, two at school and one at the Orpheum, to prepare a two minute medley. While this was an amazing experience through an extraordinary program, I was a little bit disappointed at the lack of participation from my school. A majority of the cast did not participate. However, performing on the…


Added by Emma Price on June 14, 2014 at 6:15pm — 1 Comment

Spotlight Student Showcase 2014

The Monday night Spotlight showcase featured performances from twelve different High schools from Minnesota. In addition to the twelve schools some select groups of students performed a number of additional songs. The Spotlight showcase is split into two nights, and just one night is jam packed with performances.

The performances ranged widely in content from shows I knew almost nothing about such as The Drowsy Chaperone to well-known classics like Fiddler on the Roof…


Added by Karen Kenison on June 14, 2014 at 2:05am — 1 Comment

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

The only thing Minneapolis Musical Theatre’s (MMT) production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a rock-musical, did indisputably well was the lighting. Old chandeliers and strings of lights cover the ceiling, all able to light in separate groups and utilized in the show, not to mention the superb rock concert lighting.

The show centers around the life of the United State’s seventh president--You guessed it, Andrew Jackson! This show stirs up a very important social question…


Added by Emma M-L on June 14, 2014 at 1:41am — 1 Comment

Spotlight Showcase 2014

The Spotlight Musical Theatre Program honors and supports high school musical theater students and programs from across the state of Minnesota. This year was the ninth anniversary of the Spotlight Showcase, and the program has grown to include 67 Minnesota high schools.

From Pippin to Evita and Copacabana to Aida, every single performance at the Spotlight Showcase was simply amazing. There was no one school that stood out as being better than the rest, but…


Added by Emma Price on June 10, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson tells the story of our seventh president. It satirically presents his life story, specifically focusing on the Native American Indians. As we entered the theatre, people were protesting the show. We sat down officially morally conflicted, uncertain of what to expect. While there were definite points that could have been hoaxed up a bit and pieces that could have been completely eliminated; the show itself was quite good. The most important thing is that you go in…


Added by Oriana Freeman on June 9, 2014 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Sister Act

The performance of Sister Act at the Orpheum Theatre was truly fantastic. While some aspects were a little dissapointing, the show was really great. The story, based on the namesake movie, focuses on a perfomer named Deloris van Cartier who witnesses her boyfriend kill someone, and is hidden in an abbey for witness protection. Her very progressive way of life contrasts the conservative lives of the nuns at the abbey, and even though many of the nuns like her new take on music for their…


Added by Matthew Maxam on June 2, 2014 at 11:13am — No Comments

Sister Laugh

This past Tuesday I went to see Sister Act, a comedy in which Deloris, a very outspoken singer, is forced to hide away in a convent to escape her murderer boyfriend. While there, she transforms the nun choir into a full out jazz show. Sister Act was carefree and full of sparkle and soul music- an extremely fun escape from hectic everyday life.

The music was the focal point of the show by far. All of the songs were high energy soul music with an extra fun twist in that they were performed… Continue

Added by Anna Wheeler on June 1, 2014 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Sister Act

Karina Strom

Sister Act

Sister Act took audiences to heaven

​A packed Orpheum theatre audience was blown away on Tuesday night at the opening night of Sister Act. Set in the late 1970s and based on the 1992 comedy film, Sister Act is about a wanna-be professional singer named Deloris Van Cartier (Ta’rea Campbell) who has just witnessed a murder and now needs to be hidden somewhere where the killer would least expect it- an alley of nuns. She’ll have to act just like a… Continue

Added by Karina Strom on May 31, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Next to Extraordinary

Broadway couldn’t have done it better; TASU Theatre Company’s production of Next to Normal is nothing short of extraordinary. Despite being produced, directed, and performed entirely by teenagers, many professional companies could stand to learn a thing or six from this exemplary display of theatrical synergy.


TASU, an acronym standing for Try And Stop Us, was founded in 2013 by Southwest High School students in order to put on shows too controversial for their…


Added by Linnea Thompson Peterson on May 31, 2014 at 11:14am — No Comments

Sister Act

Sister Act is the story of a young singer who gets mixed up in her boyfriends troubles after witnessing him murder someone. She then gets the help of the police and goes to a convent to hide, at first she and the nuns seem completely at odds with each other, however by the end of the show everyone has learned from each other. Sister Act is on the whole an enjoyable show but has some areas that could defiantly use improvement. I found the show hard to get into particularly in the beginning.…


Added by Karen Kenison on May 30, 2014 at 11:56pm — 1 Comment

Sister Act

Sister act is the story of a singer on the rise- turned into witness in protection after she accidentally viewed a murder by her then producer/boyfriend and one of his lackeys. Placed into witness protection in a convent, a few events rolled out. She transforms the church choir into a performing group of sisters and makes a few friends in the process. The message of the show is a simple one, fame means nothing without being there with the people you care about.

As I attend a…


Added by Emily Daniel on May 30, 2014 at 9:20pm — No Comments

Holy Mother of God!!

Holy Mother of God, never have I ever wanted to go to church even more after witnessing a show. This past Tuesday at the Orpheum, the musical, Sister Act, was there. It’s about a night club singer (Ta’rea Campbell) who witnesses her boyfriend murder someone. She is then put into the Witness Protection Program and is hidden at a church with a group of nuns. The show had so many powerhouse qualities and was an overall joy.

The show in one word would have to be, heavenly, both…


Added by Brandon Jacob Cayetano on May 30, 2014 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

Diamond's are a Nun's Bestfriend


by Lilly Hanson

Being brought up in a non-Catholic household, as I sat in my seat for Sister Act at the Orpheum Theatre, I had no idea what to expect with this performance.

Sister Act definitely answered my prayers for a good show.

Direct from Broadway, Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a street-smart div whose life takes a surprising turn after she witnesses a murder and is hidden in a convent under a…


Added by Lilly Hanson on May 30, 2014 at 12:29am — 1 Comment

Sister Hack or How To Write A Musical

I have no hatred or ill will towards musicals, but sometimes, it feels like I’m seeing the same elements over and over without enough variety or toying with the details. This is not my song, this is my manifesto. Thus I present...

Sister Hack


How to Write A…


Added by Maxwell Singer on May 30, 2014 at 12:21am — 3 Comments

AMEN for Sister Act!

Walking in to the Orpheum Theatre on Tuesday night, I had no idea what the musical Sister Act was even about! My initial thoughts were, ‘Maybe it involves sisters performing together or maybe it’s a few smaller shows put into one bigger show’! Walking in, I would have never thought that I was about to see a fantastic, energetic, and thrilling story about nuns!…


Added by Ryan Lenard on May 29, 2014 at 11:50pm — 1 Comment

A Sequin-Laden Cliché

After seeing Sister Act at the Orpheum Theatre, I thought back through all of my nine years of Catholic school education and found that only one question circled through my head: "Would Sister Deanna wear a sequin-laden habit?" Yes. You read that right. Sequins. It's apt considering the glitzy, gimmicky, and not-so-breathable quality that Sister Act has as a script. After unsuccessful club singer Deloris Van Cartier witnesses her married lover commit a murder, she is put into a scaled-down…


Added by Alison Grausam on May 29, 2014 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment




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