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Moorhead High School theater presents ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

This November, Moorhead High School theater presents the musical theater classic “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Based on a concept album written more than 40 years ago by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, “Jesus Christ Superstar” tells the story of the final seven days in the life of Jesus Christ through the troubled eyes of Judas Iscariot. The show is a musical theater staple, and features memorable songs such as “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Everything’s Alright” and “Hosanna.”

Moorhead High’s production is directed by Rebecca Meyer-Larson. “I am excited to bring this classic-rock opera to the Moorhead High stage and thrilled to present with a modern political edge,” Meyer-Larson said. “The electrifying score has energized rehearsals and the culturally significant story has provided rich educational opportunities for our artists.”

“Jesus Christ Superstar” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17, 22-24, 29-30 at Moorhead High School. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and can be purchased beginning Nov. 1 by calling the Moorhead High Activities Office at 218-284-2345 or online at 

Moorhead High School’s musical theater department has been awarded the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Musical Theater Award for Production Excellence in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Two Moorhead High students named Minnesota Scholars of Distinction in Theatre Arts

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Moorhead High School students Nina Grollman and Devon Manney have been named 2013 Minnesota Scholars of Distinction in Theater Arts by the Minnesota Department of Education. Read the article at

Moorhead High theater presents witty farce on April 25-28

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Who is the Stage Door Slasher? Find out when you see Moorhead High School theater’s spring play “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. April 25-28 in the Moorhead High auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S., Moorhead. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased through the Moorhead High activities office at 218-284-2345 or at the door.

According to director Dawn Gunderson, the play is a wacky farce, an over-the-top comedy with bold characters.

The basic summary of the show is that the creative team responsible for a Broadway flop, in which three chorus girls were murdered, assembles at the Westchester estate of Elsa Von Grossenknuten. The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people — all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous “Slasher” reappears, striking again and again.

After a series of dizzying conversations, multiple trips through secret doorways and a labyrinth of hidden passageways, multiple crimes and criminals are revealed. Eventually after much murderous mayhem the Stage Door Slasher is revealed through deciphering a coded notebook.

Moorhead High band students traveling to California

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Forty-seven students from the Moorhead High School band and their chaperones will spend spring break in Los Angeles, Calif., for a performance tour March 6-10.

The band will be performing a send-off concert at noon Saturday, March 2 at Horizon Middle School, 3601 12th Ave. S., Moorhead. The 30-minute concert is free and open to the public. Read the article at

Horizon Middle School presents “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

A beloved character in American literature comes to life in the jubilant musical “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” presented by Horizon Middle School theater. Performances of this Broadway musical version of Mark Twain’s semi-autobiographical novel will be Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2 at 7 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Moorhead High School auditorium. The Feb. 28 performance will be sign language interpreted.

This lively tale is set in 1840 in St. Petersburg, Missouri, a bustling town on the banks of the Mississippi River. Thirteen-year-old Tom navigates the trials of teen life as he goes head-to-head with his Aunt Polly, falls in love with the pretty, spirited Becky Thatcher, and embarks on a grand adventure with Becky and the irresistible Huckleberry Finn. Along the way, Tom meets a terrifying man named Injun Joe and interacts with a host of colorful townspeople.

Based on the book by Ken Ludwig, with music and lyrics by songwriter Don Schlitz, this family show is filled with foot-stomping, toe-tapping songs that will introduce a whole new generation to Twain’s memorable characters.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets go on sale Feb. 19. Call 218-284-2345 to purchase tickets or purchase tickets at the door.

Moorhead High School’s fall musical honored with SpotLight Musical Theatre Program awards

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Moorhead High’s fall musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” has been recognized with Hennepin Theatre Trust’s highest honors — outstanding performance, outstanding production, outstanding chorus and outstanding orchestra — in the 2012-13 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program. Read the article at

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.