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"Guys and Dolls" Receives Spotlight Awards

Southwest High School's production of Guys and Dolls garnered several Spotlight awards this year including Outstanding Overall Production and Outstanding Overall Performance! Hennepin Theatre Trust's annual showcase ceremony was held Sunday, June 12 where the production members performed a medley and Claire McPartland was honored as a female Top 10 Triple Threat Finalist. Read on for the full list of awards. Congratulations to all involved!


Linden Hills Neighborhood Council Awards Grant to Theatre

The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) has awarded a $1000 Spring Grant to the SWHS Theatre program for its proposal "Black Boxes for the Black Box" written by volunteer Julie Kendrick, parent of senior Mary Fiala.  The award will be used to purchase much needed stage boxes for the Black Box theatre which is currently under construction, to be re-opened in the fall of 2016. 


Noising Off on Margaret Berg

by Larry LaVercombe,

“Put the eyebrow light there,” she said, pointing. “And let’s put a blue painting there, to bring out the blue in the trim…” Before she can turn back to me, a young man with a cordless drill calls to her from the top of the heavy, two-level wooden structure that forms the center of the Noises Off set. He’s a recent college grad who majored in musical theater, and she directs him with the same calm focus with which she directed his acting in the annual main-stage Southwest musical six years ago.

Margaret Berg turns back and flashes her bright blue eyes and infectious smile – “You’ll keep it a secret how much I love doing this, right, Larry?”

It’s now been seven years since Berg has been teaching, producing and directing theater at Southwest, and three years since she took over the helm after Chris Fisher moved on to work on the north side.