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The Burnsville High School Theater Guild announced this week that it received a $500 grant from the California Casualty music and arts grant program. The grant supplements the program’s budget to support theatrical productions.
“When budgets are tight, an extra boost like this can go a long way,” Director Amy Stead said. “We’re grateful for the support and I’m excited about what our students will be able to do this year, thanks in part to this grant.”
The Burnsville High School Theatre Guild began participating this year in Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education, a program that evaluates casts, crews and technicians as well as providing master classes for high school theatre students.
The school’s two musicals, “The Music Man” and “Mary Poppins,” both earned outstanding rankings in recent recognition from Hennepin Theatre Trust. Along with these high ranks, came specific feedback for many individual performers both on stage and behind the scenes.
The award-winning play, “The Crucible,” will be performed at Burnsville High School at 7 p.m. on May 17, 18 and 19 and at 2:30 p.m. on May 19, in the Mraz Center, 600 E. Highway 13.
The play focuses on a farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie, and the plot thickens. Written by Arthur Miller, “The Crucible” won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1953.
Many audience members called Burnsville High School Theatre Guild’s fall production of “The Music Man” outstanding, but it was also the official rating of the show according to Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education program.
Spotlight Education is a program by Hennepin Theatre Trust in Minneapolis that honors and supports high school theater students in 94 high schools throughout Minnesota, including Burnsville High School. This is BHS’s first year being part of the program.
BHS theater Director Amy Stead praised both the program and the theater students.
Burnsville High School will be hosting an Evening of One Acts at 6:30 p.m. on Jan 19-20 in the Mraz Center for the Performing Arts, located at 600 E. Highway 13.
Tickets will be available at the door for $5, and there will be both high school and junior high performances each night.
Broadway musical, “The Music Man,” opens Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Mraz Center for the Performing Arts at Burnsville High School, located at 600 E. Hwy 13.
May 20 performance is sold out.
Hairspray the Broadway musical opens Thursday, May 11 at Burnsville High School in the Mraz Center for the Performing Arts, located at 600 E. Hwy 13.
Based on Agatha Christie's short story, "Mousetrap" will come to life through performances of the murder mystery on the Burnsville High School stage April 6-8.