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High School & Collegiate Productions



May 2021

This poignant story set in 1920 on Park Rapids farmland will be performed outdoors on the Visitation Convent grounds.  The musical version was beautifully created by the local creative team of Perrin Post (book), Laurie Flannigan Hegge (book and lyrics), and Dina Maccabee (music) and Inspired by the film Sweet Land by Ali Selim (STA ’79) and the short story A GRAVESTONE MADE OF WHEAT by Will Weaver.  There will be limited seating for the three outdoor performances and also opportunities to purchase access to the streamed production.

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VISTA's spring musical received many impressive honors from the Spotlight Music Theatre program which recognizes excellence in high school theatre programs.  Although it is not a competitive program it is much like going to state in a sport.  In an average year the VISTA company would be invited to perform a medley from the show on the State Theatre stage.  Because of Covid the Spotlight Showcase the event will be held on Hennepin Ave in front of the State Theatre with limited in-person participation.  Our very own Lizzie Nelson is one of the finalists for the 20/21 Technical Award.  Lizzie was chosen from students across the state and it is a very high honor.  She will be on the production team for the 20/21 Showcase so will be attending in person.  They will announce the winner at the event which is Tuesday June 15th 6:30-9:30.  If you wish to attend this virtual event here is the link:



VISTA Productions Spotlight Honors for Sweet Land the Musical


Outstanding Achievement Honors

     Overall Production

     Ensemble Performance


Outstanding in Technical Leadership

     Run Crew

     Overall technical team

     Sound Crew

     Lizzie Nelson as sound designer

     Noelle Wang as Deck Captain

     Amaia Walsh as Stage Manager

     Vickey Do as Stage Manager


Outstanding performance in a leading role

     Laura Breyen as Inge


Honorable Mention Honors for the production

     Overall Performance

     Vocal Performance


     Honorable mention in a leading role     Christopher Peters as Olaf

     Honorable mention in a supporting role   Jane McMahon as Brownie


Evaluator Shout-outs

     Charlie Treacy as Frandsen

     Edie Weinstein as Auctioneer/Clerk

     Ava Raiter and Sophia Kyba as Aurora Borealis Dancers


January 2020

Directed by Scott Ford

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