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Viewpoint: School theatres take 'Shrek,' 'Sister Act' From screen to stage

Tartan High School rehearses for its upcoming performances of "Sister Act." Submitted photo

Christine Osorio is the District 622 superintent

Fall brings a wave of excitement to the stages at our our high schools. This year, our award-winning theater programs will feature musical versions of "Shrek" and "Sister Act."

"Each year we look at our talent and find shows that best showcase it," said Ryan DeLaCroix, longtime director at Tartan Theatre. "There are 52 students in our production and they all bring a unique level of talent to the show."

"Sister Act" is full of amazing music, fun dances, and many great stage moments. "Audiences can look forward to the wonderful and fun story of the original movie and the added musical numbers, plots, and fun that the stage musical brings," DeLaCroix added.

Tickets for "Sister Act" are priced from $5-$10. Performances are Nov. 3-12. Performances on Friday and Saturday are at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

For tickets and information call 651-702-8814, visit www.tartantheatre.org, or email info@tartantheatre.org. Tartan High School is located at 828 Greenway Ave. N., Oakdale.

At North High School, audiences will be delighted to see their favorite ogre, "Shrek," brought to life as a hilarious spectacle.

"I wanted a show that would be entertaining for the whole family," said Kevin Barnard, advisor of North Theatre. "The costumes are really unusual and fun. In addition, there's a wide variety of songs and dances including tap."

"The students in this fall's performance really like the show and the style of contemporary songs and dances," he continued. "The kids are really making smart acting choices and they are funny. The fairy tale creatures are a blast to watch on stage."

Show times are scheduled nightly at 7 p.m. Nov. 2-4 and 9-11, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11. The Nov. 4 matinee is an ASL interpreted performance. You can purchase pre-sale tickets online for only $7 at www.northdrama.org. North High School is located at 2416 E. 11th Ave., North St. Paul.

Tickets are $8 (students and seniors) and $10 (adults) online and at the door.

Our talented students are working hard to create these amazing shows. I hope to see you in the audience.

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