Theatre Arts Department

  • Highland Park Theatre Arts

    Our program is open to ANY student interested in theatre. Whether on stage or behind the scenes, students get a rich, professional experience. For each of our productions we have at least one weekend of performances held Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with a Saturday matinee as well. Rehearsals are generally after school Monday through Friday with some evening rehearsals when needed.  

    Students involved in technical theatre have the opportunity to learn about lighting, costumes, props, sets, make-up, stage management, choreography and directing. From concepting to production, students have hands on participation. 

    Our booster club - Highland Theatre Friends and Family - HTFF recruits from our community of students, their families and friends to help build sets, sew costumes and run the front of house for each performance. Contact Nancy Michael if interested - nancy.michael@spps.org 

    OUR SEASON OF SHOWS: 

    Fall Show - this is a non-musical that usually features a large cast. In the past we have done dramas, Shakespeare, comedies, mysteries, etc. In recent years we have produced Antigone, The Crucible, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Midsummer Night's Dream, and a series of radio drama plays during the pandemic. 

    One Act Plays - this is an opportunity for our seniors (and sometimes juniors) to direct. We do about 5 half hour plays and often produce original scripts written by students. We take one of the plays to the Minnesota State High School League One Act Play contest. 

    Spring Musical - each year students vote on the musical and together with a student pit orchestra we produce a full, spectacular musical. Our recent past musical have included: Legally Blonde, Into the Woods and Matilda - the musical. 

    Spring Show - this is a non-musical similar to the fall show, in that it may be any genre of theatre. In past years we have produced full 2 hour plays written by students. 

    New in 21-22 will be Comedy Improv Club - which will include day a week, after school, in which students learn the basics of comedy improv with the goal of performing. 

    If interested contact Nancy Michael

    nancy.michael@spps.org

    612-724-4323

    Nancy Michael