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Woodbury resident Aleks Knezevich stars as Ralph Rackstraw in the Guthrie Theater's production of "H.M.S. Pinafore," which runs now through Aug. 28.

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Woodbury resident Aleks Knezevich was on his way to medical school in Iowa this summer when he got what he considered the opportunity of a lifetime -- a chance to perform at the Guthrie Theater.


Knezevich was offered the role as a swing character -- essentially an understudy for the chorus -- in the Guthrie's current production of "H.M.S. Pinafore." Knezevich decided to follow his heart and defer medical school so he could appear in the show.

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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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