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East Ridge spring play, ‘Still Life with Iris,’ opens Friday

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Think back, what is your favorite memory? How about your worst memory? Do you ever wish you could forget your bad memories?

East Ridge High School's spring play, "Still Life With Iris," talks about the importance of memories, both good and bad and how they shape who you are.

"The basic message is how important your memories are to you," play director Marcie Berglund said, "Also that nobody's perfect and perfection is boring."

"Still Life with Iris" will open Friday at the Loft Stage.

The show, which won the Peabody Award for children's theater, centers on the magical world of Nocturno, a land where everyone works at night satisfying the Goods, Nocturno's rulers who live on Great Island.

"Everybody in Nocturno has a job, from roping in the moon, bringing the sun out, painting the flowers, putting spots on ladybugs, making the thunder and finding leaves," Berglund said. "They are trying to find the perfect one thing of all these things because that's what they do to satisfy their rulers — the rulers collect the perfect of everything."

By collecting everything perfect, the Goods come across Iris, a precocious little girl.

"The Goods decide they want to have Iris as their child because they believe her to be the perfect little girl, so they kidnap her," Berglund said.

The way the Goods are able to kidnap Iris is by removing her past coat, a coat which contains all of her memories.

"If you take off the coat, they lose their memories," Berglund said, "so they take Iris' coat."

All that remains of Iris' past is a single button from her coat

"However Iris being a smart little girl, and a curious little girl, wants answers," Berglund said, "In pursuit of her finding out answers she eventually finds out who she is, where she's from and finds her way home."

It was East Ridge theater coordinator Amanda Hestwood who suggested "Still Life with Iris" for this year's spring play because the school's children's shows have typically been very successful, Hestwood said.

"When we were discussing the season, we talked about a children's play but we didn't want to go the route of the fairytale piece," Hestwood said. "The idea was to find something with depth that allowed our actors, designers and technicians to think outside of the box."

After reading the script, Berglund said she agreed that "Still Life with Iris" would be a good fit.

"It's a lovely little play with lots of colors, fantasy and comedy," Berglund said. "Plus, it is thought provoking."

East Ridge High School's production of "Still Life with Iris" will run at 7 p.m. May 6-7 and at 2 p.m. May 8. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Visit for more information.

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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