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Woodbury High School’s production of “Guys & Dolls” will open Nov. 1 at the school. (Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith)

Berglund takes the stage at WHS

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Marcie Berglund will be getting her first curtain call at Woodbury High School.

Berglund will be directing WHS’ fall musical for the first time with this year’s production of “Guys & Dolls.”

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Berglund will be filling in for Karen and Jon Seashore who have retired from directing the musical.

Berglund is a familiar face among the Woodbury theater community having directed Woodbury Middle School’s annual production and her heavy involvement with Woodbury Community Theatre, so directing the WHS musical only seemed natural, Berglund said.

The Seashores actually put Berglund up for the job.

“Karen put my name on the principal’s desk,” she said. “This is my passion, this is what I love to do, so it seemed like a perfect fit.”

Berglund said directing the WHS fall musical will not prevent her from directing East Ridge High School’s spring play, which she has done since the school opened.

“I’m a freelance artist,” she said. “I’m an artist and my goal is to get the best production possible. It makes no difference who it is for.

“It’s just about the joy, the art and the craft of theater.”

Berglund isn’t the only new face to the WHS musical.

For the first time in many years, the musical will be incorporating live music with the student band, directed by the school’s new band director Tark Katzenmeyer, and the school’s choir director, Daryl Timmer, will be helping with the musical for the first time in many years.

Berglund has also brought in a new choreographer.

“Everybody is new,” Berglund said. “It has been a challenge for the kids working with new styles – it’s been a challenge for them and for us.”

‘Guys chasing dolls’

“Guys and Dolls” is about gambler Nathan Detroit who runs a crap game in New York City. Detroit is in need of $1,000 to pay for a location to hold his game, so he bets Sky Masterson, a friend and fellow gambler, that he can’t take a female missionary to Havana.

“The show is about guys chasing dolls and relationships,” Berglund said. “It’s a lovely show, I love the basic innocence of the show.”

Berglund said audiences can expect to see a quality student-driven show.

“My hope is that audiences enjoy the kids being these real characters,” she said. “Audiences will see the kids truly committing to being a character.”

Editor’s note: The Woodbury Bulletin will highlight Karen and Jon Seashore’s career with Woodbury High School in a story this November.

Woodbury High School’s production of “Guys & Dolls” will run Nov. 1-2 and Nov. 7-9 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults in advance, $10 at the door, and $7 in advance, $8 at the door, for students and seniors. Visit www. www.whsspeechtheatre.com/guys-dolls-tickets to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased in advance Oct 23 from 3:45-7:45 at the school Activities Center, Oct 28-30 from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Oct. 28-30 from 3:35-7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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