By Ryan Morris
For Edina High School Thespians, the 2006-2007 school year was a year filled with sold out shows and awe-inspiring performances. An imperative asset to last year’s productions was the host of senior actors that were on their way out the door to college.
Now, in the 2007-2008 school year, the much anticipated fall production is drawing near and the anxiety is rising to see if this year’s set of actors will be able to meet the expectations set by the community.
“We get teary eyed just thinking of them.” Said set coordinator and engineer Mr. Bob Sedof, recalling the graduates.
With the departure of the 2007 graduates however, their absence has been bitter sweet.
"The departed senior class had a lot of experienced actors that were leaders for everybody.” Said Michael Curran-Dorsano, a seasoned senior Edina actor.
The departed actors will be missed, but at the same time, new doors have been opened for up and coming lower classmen actors.
“The gap left by the seniors that left this year has forced kids to take an active role in the department,” said Dorsano. “Many have stepped up and led by example.”
The production season is still just getting underway, “It’s going to be an interesting year,” said Cole Peterson, a senior actor who is in the upcoming show West Side Story.
However, high hopes and positive attitudes are helping the year get off on what looks to be a great start. West Side Story, which will run in mid october, will be a first glimpse of the whats in store for this upcoming season.
With the conclusion of West Side Story, the thespian's focus will shift from musicals to a drama for the upcoming one act play competition. The competition travels from high school to high school every year, this year happens to be the year for Edina to host the competition.
Near the end of January, high schools from across the twin cities area will send their productions and actors to compete here at EHS for the oppertunity to take their show to state.