The Southwest Summer Theatre program is a unique collaboration for incoming high school juniors and seniors, current college students and young adults throughout the entire metro area to participate in a "summer stock" theatre program right in our own community. It is also a great experience for musicians in the orchestra, as well as technical and operations crew.
In 2014 Southwest produced its first summer theatre production, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, directed by John Lynn and featuring a cast that included both Southwest students and young actors from other local high schools and colleges. Due to construction and remodeling the summer theatre production was on hiatus in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, summer theatre was back with the hilarious Urinetown the Musical, and in 2018 a unique twist on The Wizard of Oz.
Urinetown, the Musical
- By: Music & Lyrics by Mark Hollman, Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
- Directed by: Gene Larche
- Dates: July 2017
In the not-so-distant future, a terrible water shortage and a 20-yr drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, operated by a single megalomaniac company. If the poor don't obey the strict laws they are sent to the dreaded "Urinetown." Finally, a brave young hero leads a revolt to pee "wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like." Urinetown is a wickedly funny, fast-paced and intelligent comedic romp!
TASU Theatre Co.
Students interested in local theater opportunities during the summer may also want to consider auditioning for TASU (Try And Stop Us) Theatre Company. TASU was created in 2013 by Southwest High School students and produced If/Then the summer of 2018. Casting is open to all area high school students. Audition information is available on their Facebook page. TASU Theatre is not affiliated with or sponsored by Minneapolis Public Schools.