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Collaboration with DIY Wood Studio leads to wood-scrap sculptures

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Horizon Middle School sixth-grade art students assembled wood pieces into personalized sculptures during a character-building art project in January. Art teacher Jen Nelson partnered with Jim Clapper from the DIY Wood Studio in Fargo to make the project happen. Read the article at

Can you spell F-U-N? Moorhead High School presents the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Moorhead High School Theatre Department invites you to polish up those spelling skills and clear your throat in preparation for the Tony-Award winning musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

This comedy, conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss, is the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes — a quirky, yet charming, cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.

Moorhead High School’s musical theater department has been repeatedly awarded the Spotlight Musical Theater Award for Production Excellence; this production adds an extra creative twist. Each show will bring local and state celebrities to the stage to share the spotlight with the student ensemble. These guest spellers add to the hilarity and assure that no two performances will be alike.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be performed at the Moorhead High School auditorium Nov. 9-11, 16-18, and 23-24. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased beginning Oct. 29 at the MHS Activities Office or by calling 218-284-2345. For more information visit

Musical Theater Camp presents “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” on June 27-28

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Musical Theater Camp presents “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” Performances are at 7 p.m. June 27 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 28 in the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S., Moorhead.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door. All seats are general admission. For group reservation discount prices call Kelly Timm at 701-730-3882.
Musical Theater Camp, a collaborative project of Moorhead Community Education and Horizon Middle School Theater, is designed to provide a comprehensive musical theater experience for fifth to eighth graders in the Fargo-Moorhead area. During the four-week experience, the students study acting, dance and voice in preparation for performing “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

Moorhead High brings timeless classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” to the stage this spring

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

This spring, Moorhead High School theater brings the adaptation of Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird to the stage. More than 30 Moorhead High students are part of the cast and crew. Performances are 7:30 p.m. April 26, 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. April 29.

Set in Alabama in 1935, To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on six-year-old Scout Finch, who lives with her older brother Jem and their widowed father Atticus, a lawyer. Atticus is appointed by the court to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a young white woman. Despite evidence of Tom’s innocence, the jury convicts him.

According to director Dawn Gunderson, the timeless classic opens conversations of acceptance and understanding. “We need to be continually reminded about discrimination in all forms,” she said. “Not just race, but also gender, age, religion, appearance.”

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus teaches his children the importance of accepting people from all walks of life.

Gunderson points to the famous dialogue when Atticus says: “There’s something I’d like to ask. If you’ll do it, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds. You see, you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

In 1962, Harper Lee’s book was adapted into a film starring Gregory Peck. Peck won an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Atticus Finch. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the film version.

Tickets for Moorhead High’s stage performances go on sale April 16. You can purchase them through the box office at 218-284-2345, in the Moorhead High activities office or at the door.

Moorhead High receives top rating at One Act Play Festival

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The cast and crew of Moorhead High School’s one act play, “Interview” by Jean-Claude Van Itallie, earned a “starred” rating at the 2012 Minnesota State High School League One Act Play Festival on Feb. 10 at St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, Minn. Moorhead also received the Wells Fargo Spotlight on the Arts award.

Moorhead’s one act play advanced to the state festival after receiving first place at the Section 8 Class AA one act play contest on Feb. 2 in Alexandria. This was Moorhead High’s ninth appearance at the state festival and second “starred” rating. Moorhead earned its first “starred” rating in 2007.

Moorhead’s “starred performance” of “Interview” was directed by Christopher Lien. Cast members were Sarah Rice, Colby Schwartzwalter, Nina Grollman, Sy Cavins-Wolford, Kathryn Eggert, Matt Fossum, Emily Kari, and Sam Wisenden. Support was provided by Britnee Surprenant and Casey Fee.

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Tickets on sale Feb. 21 for Horizon Middle School production of “HAPPY DAYS – A New Musical”

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Goodbye gray skies, hello blue! Happy days are here again as Horizon Middle School theatre presents the regional premiere of “HAPPY DAYS – A New Musical.” Performances are at 7 p.m. March 1, 2, 3 and 2 p.m. March 4 at the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S. The March 1 performance will be sign language interpreted.

“HAPPY DAYS – A New Musical” is a family-friendly musical comedy based on the Paramount Pictures television series “Happy Days,” created by Garry Marshall. Music and lyrics are by Oscar-winning composer Paul Williams.

Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and the unforgettable “king of cool” Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli are all here as “HAPPY DAYS – A New Musical” reintroduces one of America’s best-loved families, the Cunninghams, and the days of 1959 Milwaukee, complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops and jukebox sock-hoppin’. The famed drive-in malt shop and hang-out, Arnold’s, is in danger of demolition, so the gang teams up to save it with a dance contest and TV-worthy wrestling match.

“HAPPY DAYS – A New Musical” is produced by Horizon Middle School and directed by Kelly DuBois-Gerchak along with a team of local artists, including Patrick Kasper, David and Kathy Ferreira and Susan Knorr. Don Larew is the scenic and properties designer for the show.

Tickets are available at the Moorhead High School Box Office, 218-284-2345, beginning Feb. 21, or can be purchased at the door. All seats are reserved. Prices are $10 for adults and $6 for children and students.

Orchestra students selected for honors orchestra

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Moorhead orchestra students Abby Clapp, Ana Nelson, Tanner Otto and Elizabet Samonides-Hamrick have been selected by audition for the 2012 MNSOTA Middle Level Honors Orchestra sponsored by the Minnesota String Orchestra Teachers Association. The honors orchestra is composed of the top grades 7-9 string students in Minnesota. The Middle Level Honors Orchestra will perform at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Feb. 18. Orchestra teachers are Doug Neill and Jonathon Larson.

Moorhead High School theatre earns SpotLight Musical Theatre Program honors

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Moorhead High School’s fall musical “Children of Eden” has been recognized with Hennepin Theatre Trust’s highest honors — outstanding performance, outstanding production and outstanding orchestra — in the 2011-12 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program. The SpotLight Musical Theatre Program honors high school musicals and students by recognizing their extraordinary achievements.

Individual acting awards went to the following Moorhead High students: Drew Lausch as Father, Andrew Carlson as Adam/Noah, and Nina Grollman as Eve/Mama Noah for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role; Sam Wisenden as Cain/Japeth for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role; Devon Manney as Abel/Ham, Sarah Rice as Yonah, Matt Fossum as Seth/Shem and Kathryn Eggert as Aysha/Seth’s Wife for Honorable Mention Performance in a Supporting Role.

Rebecca Meyer-Larson, Moorhead High School’s fall musical director, said, “To be honored with an outstanding performance, production, and orchestra award for the third consecutive year is a testament to the support of the Moorhead community. These young people have been nurtured in the arts by parents, teachers and neighbors who enthusiastically applaud their efforts and loudly proclaim that the arts matter.”

Moorhead High’s production of “Children of Eden” will be featured at the seventh annual SpotLight Showcase, scheduled this year at 7 p.m., Monday, June 11, 2012, at the Orpheum Theatre. This evening celebrates and honors high school musical theatre accomplishments by featuring student performances mixed with award presentations. Last year’s event sold out and featured nearly 1,000 Minnesota students performing on the Orpheum stage. Tickets will go on sale at a later date.

Hennepin Theatre Trust established the SpotLight Musical Theatre Program after recognizing that none existed in Minnesota to honor excellence in high school musical theatre.

SpotLight’s benefits include the opportunity to work with local and national theatre educators and musical theatre professionals who offer training, insight through critical feedback and on-site school workshops. A group of evaluators assess each production with constructive written commentary and nominate honorees. Categories include outstanding performance in leading, supporting and featured roles, outstanding performance by a chorus, dance ensemble and student orchestra, outstanding overall performance of a musical and outstanding overall production of a musical. Shows are not compared or ranked against each other, so categories may have multiple honorees. Schools annually apply to participate and pay a nominal administration fee. SpotLight advocates for the importance of high school musical theatre education to support the statewide community of theatre artists, teachers and families who participate in this art form.

Moorhead High School presents the musical “Children of Eden” in November

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Moorhead High School’s theatre department invites you to be ignited by “the spark of creation” as it presents “Children of Eden” Nov. 11-13, 18-20 and 25-26.

From Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”) and John Caird (“Lés Miserables”) comes a joyous and inspirational musical, based on the story of Genesis. “Children of Eden” is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children.

With incredible animation, projection, masks, puppetry, and movement and an energetic score filled with gospel, rock, folk and powerful choral moments, “Children of Eden” delivers a bittersweet message — that the hardest part of love is letting go.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Nov. 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26 with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20 in the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S. Tickets go on sale Oct. 31. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased at the Moorhead High School Activities Office or by calling 218-284-2345.

Sixth-graders learn music, culture during Russian residency

Monday, October 17th, 2011

During a residency at Horizon Middle School, sixth-grade students experienced Russian music and culture presented by Sergei Shapoval, an internationally known artist in Russian culture who is a featured artist of the organization Cultural Kaleidoscope in Kansas City, Mo. The sixth-graders and their teachers learned to play the spoons and heard about Russian culture and history, including various hats worn by members of the Russian military.

The residency followed performances on Oct. 11-12 for all Moorhead, Fargo and West Fargo sixth-graders as part of the Learning Bank fine arts series.