The Pony Express

Valerius overcomes challenges in his first year as BPA student

Stillwater graduate Ben Valerius ('19) attends his virtual Ballet One class. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Valerius has had to have his classes for his Bachelor of Performing Arts degree online.

Charlie Valerius, Online Editor

April 15, 2020

The saying “the show must go on” has been a traditional term in the theatre culture for a long time. During a global pandemic, Stillwater graduate Ben Valerius ('19) is bringing this term to life while achieving his Bachelor in Performing Arts (BPA) degree at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. ...

The show must go on; how theatre addresses tragedy

Musical theatre students bond during a break for their rehearsals for the “Beauty and the Beast.” The group worked hard for weeks, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show is now cancelled.

Olivia Bystrom, Field Reporter

March 26, 2020

A great performance takes time to prepare. With daily rehearsals and a practically nonstop schedule for the last month, the theatre department was working tirelessly to put together the final show of the year, "Beauty and the Beast". Through this process many theatre students learn that things do not always...

‘Beauty and the Beast’ actors find new passion in theatre

Students prepare for

Anastasia Bertsch, Video Editor

March 14, 2020

Every spring the theater department puts on a musical. This year they are performing “Beauty and the Beast". The play is a classic story of loving someone because of their personality not their appearance. The show takes place on March 27-29 at 2 p.m. and April 2-4 at 7 p.m. The auditions for t...

One Act play competes annually

One Act play team practices in the auditorium after school.

Ava Hoelzel, Photography Editor

January 10, 2020

Every year, the One Act cast competes between different schools in the district, and then at state level. The have about one month to put the production together. The cast/crew consists of no more than 20 members (students and advisors). “I always learn so much in these competitive environments," sen...

Ava Roots uses colors to tell stories

The cast performs the final bow of the last performance of

Brianne Johnson, Layout Editor

November 9, 2019

  “Using colors to tell a story,” is what freshman Ava Roots does with the costumes for the fall theatre production Almost Maine.  Roots is the student costumer for the fall production Almost Maine. A costumer is responsible for designing costumes for all of the actors. The costume d...

Theatre students plan summer trip to Scotland

After going through their spring play

AJ Gunderson, Podcast

May 20, 2019

Several theatre students and the theatre director, Grif Sadow, are headed to Edinburgh, Scotland for the National Fringe Festival (often referred to as The Fringe) from July 27 to August 9. Prior to visiting the festival, the theatre students will be stopping in London for a couple days before heading...

Theatre practices for upcoming ‘Les Miserables’

Seniors Ben Valerius and Abbe McBride practice for

Claire Anderson, Field Reporter

April 12, 2019

"Les Miserables is extremely entertaining and thought-provoking," theater director Grif Sadow said. The spring performance of "Les Miserables" will be put on the first two weekends of April by SAHS theatre. The play will be from 7-8 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets have been available since ...

‘Animal Farm’ cast soon will take one act competition by storm

On Dec. 27, the One Act team rehearses for their first competition next month. Junior Elsa Persson beams as she reads her script.

Taylor Lee, Distrubution Reporter

February 6, 2019

Last year’s One Act team performed “Scenes from Metamorphoses” and, for the first time in history, went to the Minnesota State High School League [MSHSL] State One Act competition. However, they did not Star at the competition, which is similar to receiving a trophy in sport competitions. The team ...

Jockeys of Comedy prepare for winter performance

The Jockeys of Comedy play a game to improve their improv skills. It involves troupe members stopping a sketch at various points,  one member taking another's position, then resuming with a new scenario.

Grant Erickson, Podcast Reporter

November 30, 2018

The improv troupe known as the Jockeys of Comedy are working hard to prepare for their holiday season performances. Improvisational comedy comes in two main forms: short form and long form. Short form typically consists of actors performing short skits based on a certain theme, as well as suggesti...

Theatre department premiers ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’

Seniors Aurora Hiveley and Isabella Portelli rehearse in the auditorium
on Oct. 27 for their upcoming play performances.

Taylor Lee, Distrubtion Reporter

November 8, 2018

This year's fall play is “The Man Who Came to Dinner”, written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. It is a hilarious, light-hearted, romantic comedy starring some talented theatre students. Seniors Frank Madsen and Aurora Hiveley are the leads in the play. The show’s director, theatrical coord...

Musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ features new talent

Musical 'Bye Bye Birdie' features new talent

Madison Weispfenning, Editorial Cartoonist

April 6, 2018

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...

One Act troupe brings life to ‘Metamorphoses’

One Act troupe brings life to 'Metamorphoses'

Ellie Faeth, Editor-in-Chief

January 17, 2018

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 ...

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