Eastview Theater has an extremely rich tradition of excellence. We stage four main stage productions annually (Fall Play, Musical, Competition One Act Play, and Winter Play), offer course work in acting, and provide students with rich experiences both on stage and off. In addition to award-winning performances, a large group of theatre technicians work to create scenery and costumes. Different than other programs where adults often accompany the student instrumentalists, the pit orchestra prides itself on its student-only status. As we prepare each season, our focus is always upon a student’s four-year experience. From classic to contemporary, comic to tragic, fairy tale to theater of the absurd—Eastview Theater works toward preparing student artists for the diversity of theatrical experience they will encounter beyond our stage.
Since we first turned on our stage lights in 1997, Eastview Theater has garnered a number of awards and honors. As members of the Spotlight Musical Theater Program, our musicals have earned more than 130 company, group, and ensemble awards. Most notably, we have earned the coveted Overall Outstanding Production Award for each of the productions entered as well as the Outstanding Student Orchestra each and every year. In a balloted selection process, Eastview was chosen to represent the United States by performing at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Our Competition One Act Play has earned first place at the Section Final Contest on ten occasions and gone on to win a Starred Performance Rating at the Minnesota State One Act Festival for each of those ten productions. The Starred Performance is the Minnesota State High School League’s equivalent to a state championship.
Our students move on to study at some of our nation’s finest performance institutions in preparation for their lives in the performing arts. See Notable Alumni to see more.
If you would like to learn more about our program, tour our facility, or just talk about theatre, please contact Scott Durocher at email@example.com.
The Fall Play is the first production of the year at Eastview and can greatly change in type of show, cast size, and size of production from massive to intimate. At Eastview, we try to give a variety of different shows to performers and technicians to provide students the wide breath of theatre as we know it. One year it could be a heart wrenching drama that we perform with the audience on the stage to achieve maximum intimacy and the next it can be a ridiculous farce which only has the goal of making the audience laugh. Auditions for the fall play take place at the end of the previous year.
Fall Play 2021
by Emily Hageman
Synopsis from yourstagepartners.com:
The unexpected divorce of Madison’s parents relocated her to New York City—a place that she has vowed to loathe. Through incredible coincidence, Madison finds a shoebox full of letters belonging to a young woman named Jessica. A connection is formed that will forever change the course of Madison’s life. Narrated by Madison’s older self, Back Cover is a story of loss, courage, humanity, and the painful—but wonderful—experience of growing up.
Eastview Theater produces one musical each year that boasts the involvement of 125-200 students. We select musicals to challenge and showcase the skills of our actors, singers, dancers, instrumentalists, technicians, and costumers. We also keep a keen eye on providing a variety of musical theater styles over a student’s four-year tenure. There are students in literally every area of our Performing Arts Center during our performances. Behind and above the seats are students running lights, spotlights, and assisting our audio mixer. Backstage, technicians are getting ready to shift scenery on and off. On the stage, performers are getting ready to move on. Under the stage, instrumentalists accompany our performers, and play transitional music. On the left and right, performers and costumers scurry to change costumes, adjust make-up, and warm up for their performances. There truly is a place for everyone to succeed in our musical theater program.
As members of the Spotlight Musical Theater Program, our musicals have earned more than 130 company, group, and ensemble awards. Most notably, we have earned the coveted Overall Outstanding Production Award for each of the productions entered as well as the Outstanding Student Orchestra each and every year. See Awards and Honors for details.
If you would like to learn more about our program, tour our facility, or just talk about theater, please contact Scott Durocher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League, this annual event affords a combined cast and crew of up to twenty members an opportunity to engage themselves in the intensive preparation of a production that will be presented competitively amongst those from other schools. It is our goal to select challenging literature that hones the acting and character development skills of our performers while it affords our technicians an opportunity to adapt their skills to the varying venues of this traveling production.
Our Competition One Act Play has had a great deal of success. We have earned first place at the Section Final Contest on ten occasions and gone on to win a State Starred Performance Rating at the Minnesota State One Act Festival for each of those ten productions. The Starred Performance is the Minnesota State High School League’s equivalent to a state championship. Please see Honors and Awards for more details.
Acting teaches the skills of live theatre. Students will find this activity-based class a unique break from the typical classroom experience where they will be involved in experiential activities designed to teach and enhance performance/speaking skills – study, develop, and perform scenes from a variety of plays – and enjoy live theatre. Among the most emphasized skills are character development, script analysis, vocal and physical character development, concentration, memorization techniques, performance critiquing, and stage confidence. Upon leaving the course, students will have a deeper appreciation for live performance and a heightened development of skills useful for the stage and transferable to their daily lives. Students will read scripts both in class and at home, write evaluations of performances, write character development analysis, and –of course– work to develop our voices for the stage. This one quarter course is offered for English credit and meets the one quarter speaking requirement for grade 12. This course satisfies the 1 course “Minnesota Arts Standard” requirement.