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Musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ features new talent

Musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ features new talent

Madison Weispfenning, Editorial Cartoonist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Arts, Featured Videos, Local Arts, Showcase

The theater department is hard at work preparing for the spring musical "Bye Bye Birdie". Originally performed as a Broadway show called “Let’s Go Steady” in 1960, “Bye Bye Birdie” eventually became a musical movie known for their Elvis-based character Conrad Birdie. Bye Bye Birdie...

Lea Brynestad uses art background to create a book

Lea Brynestad uses art background to create a book

Tess Schoenborn, Online Editor

April 4, 2018


Filed under Arts, Local Arts

Lea Brynestad, junior Ben Brynestad’s mom, is writing and illustrating a children’s book for her students at Rutherford Elementary. She has previously taught at many other elementary schools in the Stillwater district. Brynestad has taught art in the Stillwater district for over 10 years. She holds a ...

Students cast in Phipps production ‘Once Upon A Mattress’

Students cast in Phipps production ‘Once Upon A Mattress’

Fotini Kloos, Announcements Editor

March 9, 2018


Filed under Arts, Local Arts

In this beloved musical comedy, students are imitating a story from the broadway classic. Princess Winifred arrives at Prince Dauntless the Drab’s castle hoping for the hand of the prince. His mother, Queen Agravain, insists that her son can only marry a princess of true blood one that can feel a pea ...

Musical heir to the O’Shea Irish Dance throne

Musical heir to the O’Shea Irish Dance throne

Hannah Sween, Layout Editor

January 30, 2018


Filed under Arts, Local Arts, People

The bright, colorful stage lights turn on, focusing toward a young girl standing at the back of the stage. The man behind the piano begins the introduction, stumbles, but continues playing. The girl begins to sing in her lovely mezzo-soprano as the other musicians join in behind her. They continue to...

Acosta shares meaningful lyrics with the world

Acosta shares meaningful lyrics with the world

Tess Schoenborn, Online Editor

January 24, 2018


Filed under Local Arts, music, People, People

The studio was dark, only lit with colorful Christmas lights. It was hot and muggy from the amount of focus that was happening within his mind. The music produced was playing in the back, not loud but definitely not quiet. He pounded his fist against the desk as he continued to try to read the lyrics corre...

One Act troupe brings life to ‘Metamorphoses’

One Act troupe brings life to ‘Metamorphoses’

Ellie Faeth, Editor-in-Chief

January 17, 2018


Filed under Arts, Featured Videos, Local Arts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql2n5dzY-6U After advancing to the sub-sections last year, the One Act troupe is back again to make it even farther in the competition this year. Directed by Grif Sadow, this talented cast will perform scenes from "Metamorphoses," by Mary Zimmerman, a play based on ...

‘I Am Somali’ presents exhibit at Minneapolis Institute of Art

‘I Am Somali’ presents exhibit at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Fotini Kloos, Announcement Editor

January 16, 2018


Filed under Arts, Local Arts

  In Somalia, poetry is considered an artistic expression with the land in Somalia being sometimes called the “the land of the bards”. The country is known for their poetry and to embrace the power of spoken word. This is because part of Somalia’s long Islamic tradition, which discourages vi...

Art classes provide avenue to express creativity

Art classes provide avenue to express creativity

Sophi Jensen, Editorial Cartoonist Editor

January 15, 2018


Filed under Arts, Local Arts

Sophomore Peter Wilhelmi enjoys art classes high school has to offer and continues to learn new skills. Graphic design class expands his talents and interests in the arts.  There are many young adults drawn to the arts. High school art classes have much to offer to striving students. Many students ...

Listening or playing music benefits creativity, health

Listening or playing music benefits creativity, health

Emma Polucha, Online Editor

December 10, 2017


Filed under Arts, Local Arts

Playing and listening to music is a way to escape from the world. It helps students forget their problems and be in their own little universe. In addition, it opens a whole new world up to those who need a new beginning or need a new hobby. Most students have been in a music program since elementary sc...

ArtReach St. Croix prepares for upcoming exhibit

ArtReach St. Croix prepares for upcoming exhibit

Noah Schoolman, Copy Editor

December 9, 2017


Filed under Arts, Local Arts

ArtReach St. Croix is a non-profit organization that spreads artwork throughout the St. Croix Valley. They have a house in Stillwater that hosts art galleries for artists using many different mediums of art. There is a new art gallery coming up that will take place from Nov. 16 to Dec. 30. Three art...

Improv Troupe prepares for Winter Showcase

Improv Troupe prepares for Winter Showcase

Mya Lysne, Read and Wach Team Video Editor

November 22, 2017


Filed under Arts, Local Arts, Local Arts

When Stillwater students think of the holiday season, many things come to mind: chestnuts roasting on an open fire, snow, Christmas parties, more snow, peppermint mochas and hot chocolate. However, the students involved with Stillwater’s improv troupe “The Jockeys of Comedy” do not have time to think about ...

Zephyr Depot to reopen as community theater

Zephyr Depot to reopen as community theater

Madison Weispfenning, Editorial Cartoonist

November 4, 2017


Filed under Arts, Local Arts, Photo Slide Shows, Showcase

Community gives a sense of home and hope. The Zephyr Theater, opening in downtown Stillwater, has effectively gave a sense of home even without a building. In early 2016, the Zephyr decided that they wanted to bring the arts together and build a 330 seat professional theater in the Zephyr Depot ...