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Rushford-Peterson One-Act Play state bound again


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Front Row (L to R) Ashley Brown, Kallie Carlson, Kate Klungtvedt, Brittany Kuss, April Stone, Bailey Bestul, Nell Himlie, Brook Bestul, Ethan Bergen, Mary Kate Buege, Tovah Schroeder. Back Row (L to R) Forrest Musselman, Taylor Williams, Lauren Hadley, Hannah Kopperud, Luke Eide, Kate Mackenzie, Elizabeth Wick, Emma Malone, Hannah Boyum, Salinah Ritter. Photo submitted

Picture this: An egotistical high school drama director forces his students to do a cutting from the play “Equus”, the 1973 play by Peter Shaffer, for the Minnesota State High School League competition. Rebellious at this insistence, the students buck his direction, deciding instead to attempt to disqualify themselves in the first level of competition. Doesn’t that just sound like the most intriguing play ever?

Following an impressive ride over the years, the Rushford-Peterson One-Act team is back up on top and headed to the big competition again after taking first place in section competition February 1. This year’s production, “Anti-Play”, was written and directed by Forrest Musselman, R-P theatre and English teacher. Musselman has published 19 plays professionally and has seen three original productions head to state competition. The most recent was “A Deep, Poetic Journey Into Something” in 2011 and “Chipped in 1998”.

“This play is fun for myself and the other veterans in the cast because it is something we’ve joked about doing for years,” notes senior Kate Mackenzie, a six-year one-act veteran who plays the role of ‘Barb.’ “Pretending to break all the rules is a treat to all who are aware of some of the absurd rules in the one-act play competitions.”

“I’ve been doing one-act plays since 7th grade and I think we all became more emotionally connected to the play this year because Mr. Musselman wrote it,” adds junior Hannah Kopperud, a five-year veteran playing the narrator, ‘Marcie.’ “This experience is definitely something we’ll never forget.”

Freshman Bailey Bestul takes on the role of the pompous director. The talented cast also includes Ashley Brown, Kallie Carlson, Kate Klungtvedt, Brittany Kuss, April Stone, Nell Himlie, Brook Bestul, Ethan Bergen, Mary Kate Buege, Tovah Schroeder, Taylor Williams, Lauren Hadley, Luke Eide, Elizabeth Wick, Emma Malone, Hannah Boyum, and Salinah Ritter.

R-P has been successful in One-Act competition and Musselman attributes it to his students’ work ethics and putting forth the best show they can. “They are a very competitive group and they’ve been at it long enough to know each year is a new year and they have to put in 110 percent to make good things happen. The older students are great about passing this work ethic on to the younger kids coming into the program.”

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Houston School Board approves MSHSL grant submission

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board held a meeting on February 3. At the meeting the board approved board committee assignments and approved sending requests for auditing services proposals to four different firms. Casey Indra, Houston’s athletic director ..... 
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College News 2.3.14

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Education

Dean’s List/Honors •Gustavus Adolphus College: Nathaniel Chase of Chatfield, Bailey Hilgren of Chatfield and Carl Schiltz of Rushford. •University of Wisconsin - La Crosse: Sarah Costello of Chatfield, Athletic Training Major; Jamie Mathison ..... 
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Kingsland discusses impact of snow days

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All members were present with the exception of Steve Tart. Superintendant John McDonald was also present. Following the Pledge of Allegi ..... 
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Kingsland discusses impact of snow days

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All members were present with the exception of Steve Tart. Superintendant John McDonald was also present. Following the Pledge of Allegi ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board discusses land owned by school

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board recently hashed out the confusing details of a one-acre parcel of land apparently legally owned by the school. The land is wooded, and located two miles south of Preston. A country school was once located there, and ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board discusses land owned by school

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

The Fillmore Central School Board recently hashed out the confusing details of a one-acre parcel of land apparently legally owned by the school. The land is wooded, and located two miles south of Preston. A country school was once located there, and ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board discusses land owned by school

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Fountain Education

The Fillmore Central School Board recently hashed out the confusing details of a one-acre parcel of land apparently legally owned by the school. The land is wooded, and located two miles south of Preston. A country school was once located there, and ..... 
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Fillmore Central Community Education school readiness program earns a 4-Star Parent Aware Rating

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Congratulations to Fillmore Central Community Education School Readiness program for earning a 4-Star Parent Aware Rating! This is the highest possible rating. Parent Aware Star Ratings help parents find programs that go above and beyond to prepar ..... 
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