Minnetonka theatre wins one act competition

Minnetonka Theatre wins 2019 state One Act competition. From left to right in the front row: Lucie Peltier, Emma Tripp, Ella Stefan, Maryn Reader, Riley Means, Hannah Seeman, Vera Shipley, Michele Helmer and Shannon Chambers.

Back row, from left to right: Nathan Humason, Dominic Bradburn, Mike Kingston, Joe Harris, Jenna DeJong, Jason Davenport, Gabby Jore, Nora Meeker, Luke Henson, Emily Schilke, Nate Turcotte, Laird Busselberg and Lauren Bartelt.

MINNETONKA — Minnetonka High School’s production of “Pygmalion” won at the state’s One Act competition on Friday, Feb. 8.

This marks the fourth straight year Minnetonka Theatre has won the Minnesota State High School League’s One Act competition, which is the state’s highest honor, a news release says.

“’Pygmalion’ is very different from any of the other one acts we’ve performed over the past four years. It felt like a risk to take on a classic drama (originally in five acts) written in 1913, however we had the perfect group of students to pull it off,” Director Lauren Bartelt said in a statement.

She added: “The actors tackled the dialect, the humor, the early 20th century British class differences, and the dynamic between the men and women of the time with style and grace. The design team crafted a beautiful world of the play and all the elements from scenery and costumes to lighting and sound design were gorgeous and cohesive.”

Melissa Turtinen is the community editor for Lakeshore Weekly News and Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.


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