Center Stage

Edina High School students enter the spotlight at the Thespian Festival.
Zoe Swiler, Ella Williams, Tori Adams, Kristen Beese, and Rachel Winton perform Fiddler on the Roof.

A group of Edina High School students had the rare opportunity to attend the Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb., in June, bringing back valuable experience and praise from peers. Cast and crew took their production of Fiddler on the Roof to the festival, and performed in front of hundreds of other high school actors.

“It’s such a huge, overwhelming honor,” says Zach Farhat, a 2014 EHS graduate. At the festival, students can audition for colleges and scholarships, attend workshops and view productions from other schools.

For Sophia Wright, a senior at EHS, the camaraderie was one of her favorite aspects of the festival. “It was really exhilarating to be surrounded by people who were weird and outgoing like me,” Wright says. The EHS production of Fiddler received many positive reviews and gave cast and crew many lasting memories. “This is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life,” Farhat says.