September 26, 2019
The Theatre Department is proud to announce its 2019-2020 Season. Everyone is welcome to join us for any and all of our productions. Information will go out via Panther Posts as tickets become available for each show throughout the year. Please know, we are happy to help you with accessibility needs for any of our productions.
Students, remember, our department’s goal is to immerse you completely in the creation of theatre–from top to bottom and back to front. You are our technicians, performers, designers, musicians, and writers. If you’d like to get involved, please check out the dates below for auditions and crew sign-ups. Remember, Upper School classes also help with the production side of things, so if that’s of interest to you. Feel free to contact any of your theatre teachers with any and all questions.
We’re excited for this year and hope you are, too! If you have any questions, please contact Ann Frances Gregg, Middle and Upper School Theatre; Heather Mastel, Lower and Middle School Theatre; and Emily Jaques, Technical Director.
Important Upcoming MPA Theatre Events
Middle School Show: The Baker Street Irregulars
November 22-24, 2019
Adapted by Eric Coble
Sherlock Holmes is missing, and the streets of London are awash with crime. Who will save the day? The Baker Street Irregulars—a gang of street kids hired by Sherlock himself to help solve cases. Now they must band together to prove that Sherlock is not dead, but also to find the mayor’s missing daughter, untangle a murder mystery, and face the masked criminal mastermind behind it all. Can a group of orphans, pickpockets, inventors and artists rescue the people of London? The game is afoot!
Spring Musical Auditions & Crew Sign-Ups
December 2-4, 2019
Open to students in grades 7-12
Winter Show: Perspective: 20/20
January 23-25, 2020
Devised by MPA Students, in Association with Penumbra Theatre
A Series of Original One-Acts written & directed by Upper School MPA
students. These pieces will encompass privilege, “ISMS,” lived experiences, frustrations, hopes, communal and global issues, and most importantly students’ VOICES. *One one-act will be chosen to compete in the Minnesota State High School League’s One-Act Competition.
Spring Musical: Into the Woods
April 23-25, 2020
Book by James Lapine Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
In conjunction with MPA’s Book Festival
When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Cinderella, Little Red, the Wolf, Jack, and many other Grimm’s fairy tale characters have gone into the woods to seek their own happy endings. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences return to haunt them later with disastrous results.