Archive for July, 2011

Evan Taylor ’12 & Russell Heeter ’11 Win 48 Hour Film Honors

For Evan Taylor ’12 and Russell Heeter ’11, all that was needed was “a character, a plot, a line of dialogue, a genre” and two days to write, set, costume, film, edit and produce a video that earned the Best Student Director award and a nomination for Best Musical Score at this year’s 48-Hour Film Project in Minneapolis. Along with lead actors Heather Pallas ’12 and Alexander Carpenter ’12, Taylor and Heeter produced “The Florist,” an 8-minute film and took home the hardware following the June 23 ceremony at The Riverside Theatre in Minneapolis.

Gustavus Summer Speech Institute Scheduled for July 24-30

As the Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team continues to assert itself as a top 10 program in the country, the success and popularity of the College’s Summer Speech Institute continues to grow. This year’s speech institute, running from July 24-30, will have a record number of participants (141) from eight different states, making it the second largest camp of its type in the country.

Rob Berdahl ’90 Captains Guthrie Theatre’s H.M.S. Pinafore

As Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore drops anchor on the Guthrie Theatre Stage June 18 - August 28, 2011, she will be captained by Twin Cities actor/vocalist Robert O. Berdahl '90. Guthrie Artistic Director Joe Dowling directs this splash hit musical which features Berdahl as Captain Corcoran and Christina Baldwin as Little Buttercup. Pinafore opens on June 24 and continues through August 28, 2011, on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets start at $29 and are now on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at

Erin Belpedio ’11 Lighting Footloose

Lighting Designer Erin Belpedio '11, honored for her work by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology in 2010, is living proof that the show must go on. Instead of resting on her past honors and taking a well-deserved rest following graduation in May, Belpedio is back in the booth at the Anoka (Minnesota) Lyric Arts Main Street Stage working as the Assistant Lighting Designer for the musical Footloose with Designer Dan Thorson and Director Matthew McNabb. When Footloose opens and the lights go up on July 15, Erin's "fingerprints" will be all over the production.

Stacey Lindell ’00 in Broadway Musical

Stacey Lindell, a 2000 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, is starring in the Minneapolis premiere of the Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The show will be performed by the Minneapolis Musical Theatre (MMT), at the Illusion Theatre on the eighth floor of the Hennepin Center for the Arts, June 10-26.