Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Recent MHS graduate, Ryan McCartan, was named best actor at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City.
“I would love a chance to be on Broadway!” That’s what Ryan McCartan told Minnetonka Patch in January, when asked about his dreams for the future. On Monday night, that dream became a reality. “It was breathtaking to be alone on a Broadway stage for a full house. It was incredible,” McCartan said. “I was surprised how not nervous I was. I was comfortable and in my element—that was the most magical part of the night for me.” And it was a night that included quite an honor for the recent Minnetonka High School graduate. McCartan won one of two “Jimmy Awards” during the third annual National High School Musical Theater Awards, which were held in New York City. “I came off stage after I performed but before the winners were announced, and I …
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Minnetonka High School's Ryan McCartan will represent Minnesota at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Minnetonka’s Ryan McCartan has been chosen to represent Minnesota at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, which will take place later this month in New York City. McCartan was chosen by the Hennepin Theatre Trust after a vigorous series of auditions and evaluations. He was chosen as a SpotLight Triple Threat Award winner last weekend, an honor that includes the privilege of going forward to the National Awards. To see a full story, click here. Hennepin Theatre Trust, owner of the historic State, Orpheum and Pantages Theatres, is a non-profit organization devoted to enriching the vibrant cultural atmosphere of the Twin Cities. While in New York, McCartan will receive private coaching, participate in master classes and …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Students performed a number from "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at the sold-out Orpheum Theater show in downtown Minneapolis.
Minnetonka High School was one of 47 schools to participate in the Orpheum Theater's sold out 2011 Spotlight Showcase Monday night. Intended to recognize outstanding achievements in musical theatre, the school performed a number from their 2010 production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In addition to being recognized for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, a number of Minnetonka students were singled out for individual achievements. Senior Ryan McCartan took home one of the night's most prestigious honors, winning the Spotlight Showcase's coveted Triple Threat Award. Patch caught up with a few noteworthy Minnetonka High School performers to ask them about their life in the theater. *** Ryan McCartan played J…
Friday, May 13, 2011
Minnetonka High School brings musical, technical and dramatic expertise to the Minnesota high school debut of the production.
From the musically complicated numbers and the technically challenging feats of fireballs and crashing chandeliers to the dramatic moments between the Phantom and Christine—Minnetonka High School reached the pinnacle of excellence with their production of "Phantom of the Opera." The Minnetonka Theatre's production, which has already sold out all of its performances, was the first time "Phantom of the Opera" has been staged by an amateur company in Minnesota. According to theater buffs, very few high schools in the nation have attempted to produce Andrew Lloyd Webber's demanding and challenging show. Director Kent Knutson chose the piece anyway—saying he was confident that his students could pull off the production. "We wanted to do '…
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
U.S. Presidential Scholar is 'one of the biggest honors ever.'
So much for formal proclamations. Minnetonka High School seniors Ryan McCartan and Lili Peng learned of their rare honors through a more contemporary channel. “A friend sent me a text, that’s how I found out yesterday," McCartan said. Peng too. “My friend texted me,” she said. McCartan and Peng are among an elite three Minnesotans named 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars. “It’s an unbelievable way to cap off my high school career,” said McCartan, who was designated a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. “It’s one of the biggest honors ever.” Peng is a recent addition to the Minnetonka student body, having transferred from Pittsburgh's North Allegheny High School last summer. She plans on attending Dartmouth in the fall. Rohit Agrawal of …
Friday, April 29, 2011
The Minnetonka High School Drama Department is showing the first-ever Minnesota production of The Phantom of the Opera.
The Minnetonka High School Drama Department is putting on its biggest show ever—Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. It is the musical’s first-ever Minnesota production and opened on Friday night. “It will be the biggest undertaking, the biggest production we’ve ever taken on,” said Krista Hoitomt, marketing coordinator for the Minnetonka Theatre. To create excitement about auditions, Minnetonka Theatre launched the “Who will wear the mask?” campaign— hanging bright red posters all over Minnetonka High School. And according to the Minnetonka Theatre, word quickly spread across campus. “Everyone was talking about it,” Hoitomt said. The result— MHS’s largest audition turn out to date, with more than 100 students trying out for …
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Ryan McCartan was chosen for YoungArts Week, one of the highest honors in student theater.
“It’s so cool!” That was Ryan McCartan's reaction to learning he had won a spot at one of the most prestigious student artists programs in the country. The 17-year-old Minnetonka High School senior, who focuses on theater, is spending next week in Miami for YoungArts Week, sponsored by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. McCartan was the only Minnesotan selected for YoungArts Week. He's among 150 students selected to participate from more than 5,000 other applicants across the country. “It’s such a blessing,” McCartan said, seemingly shocked by his own achievement. “The fact that I get to learn and hone my craft, I can’t even believe it.” YoungArts Week gathers the country’s most talented 17 and 18-year-old artists, …