8 BSM Students Honored For Outstanding Achievements in Drama

2022 Drama Honorees

8 BSM Students Honored For Outstanding Achievements in Drama

4 Additional Students Receive Honorable Mention Recognition

The Hennepin Theatre Trust awarded eight Benilde-St. Margaret’s students with Outstanding Achievement Honors for their drama performances and technical work during the 2021-22 school year.

Suzy Haakonson ‘22 and Josie Turk ‘24 received Outstanding Performances in a Leading Role honors, Thomas Herbert ‘22 and Bianca Mojica ‘23 were recognized with Outstanding Performances in a Supporting Role honors, and Outstanding Technical Leadership honors went to Stage Manager Grace Ehrmantraut ‘23, Assistant/Student Director Cordelia Wolf ‘23, and Board Operators Sam Kretchmer ‘24 and Miguel Nunez-Mudoy ‘23. Each of the awards are given as part of the Trust’s Spotlight Education 2022 awards.

BSM's production of Freaky Friday

“Being selected as an outstanding performer has been an absolute honor and I am overjoyed,” Suzy said, adding, “Theater has always been one of those places that whatever is going on in my life I know that not only I, but everyone else can shine.”

This year’s BSM productions of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and Disney’s “Freaky Friday” were also recognized with Overall Outstanding Production awards.

As part of the recognition for excellence in drama productions, BSM students will work with professionals in the theater industry and other students from across the state to present a medley from both shows on June 13, 2022 at 7 p.m. at the historic State Theatre in Minneapolis. Tickets are available at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

“I’m so pleased that Freaky Friday was chosen for this honor. In my 22 years here, I would rate it in my Top 5 favorite shows,” said Caroline Stroh ‘83, production manager for BSM’s drama department. “The cast meshed so well, and this chemistry played out on stage and off. It was truly a joyous show to watch and be a part of.”

The recognition highlights BSM’s long-standing commitment to artistic programs by providing students with opportunities to express themselves creatively through the performing arts.

BSM's student produced musical
“I am thrilled to see the hard work of our students being recognized for both ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ and Disney’s ‘Freaky Friday’," said Jake Mahler, artistic director for BSM's drama department. “We have such a wonderful group of student artists finding success in the performing arts here at BSM. The recognition from Spotlight acknowledges their work behind the scenes and onstage after the last couple of years with restrictions because of COVID.”

In addition to the Outstanding honors, other BSM students received Honorable Mention awards from the Hennepin Theatre Trust, including Christina Taylor ‘23 in a Leading Role, Suzy Haakonson ‘22, Bianca Mojica ‘23, Thomas Herbert ‘22, Christina Taylor ‘23, and Greta Hall ‘23 in a Supporting Role, and Technical Leadership awards for Harrison Do ‘22 and Grace Riggle ‘22 and Miguel Nunez-Mudoy ‘23 as Sound Board Operator.

The Hennepin Theatre Trust also recognized Betsy Brill ‘24, Greta Hall ‘23, Lance Hoover ‘23, Maria Krotz ‘24, and Eddie Wellik ‘22 for their participation in the BSM productions.

BSM's production of the Putnam County Spelling Bee
BSM’s productions received Outstanding ratings for the Overall Production, Vocal Performance, Dance Performances, Run Crew, and Overall Technical Team. Honorable Mentions were awarded to BSM for Overall Performance, Vocal Performance, Ensemble Performance, Acting Performance, and Light & Sound Crew.

“BSM students have been honored in previous years, however this is the first year two of our productions were recognized for their outstanding productions,” noted Caroline Stroh.

BSM has participated in Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight program since 2011, an annual review process for high school theater programs throughout the state of Minnesota. Each show is reviewed by three anonymous theater professionals and a technical evaluator who watch and evaluate the productions.

The Spotlight Showcase is Minnesota high school theater’s biggest celebration featuring over 1,600 students from across the state, recognized for excellence in drama productions.

Suzy Haakonson said, “To be an outstanding performer is truly to have an outstanding group of people behind you, and I couldn’t have done it without any of them cheering me on.”

BSM senior high students produce two shows each school year, with the spring production being a musical. Red Knights sing, act, and dance on stage while other classmates build the set, prepare lighting and sound, and manage props and costumes providing students with opportunities to experience all aspects of presenting a full-length production.