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One Act team wins Sectionals


Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

The cast, crew and director of “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Front Row (L to R): Taylor Willford, Helen DeLano, Megan Hendrickson, Bailey Soma, William Nolan. Second Row (L to R): Christian Harrison, Cody Hendrickson, Sarah Reicks, Keeley Todd, Braden Hahn. Third Row (L to R): Danielle Zinsmaster, Sydnie Huffman, Ruth DeLano. Back Row (L to R): Lindsey Weiss, Mitch Gibson, Matt Guttormson, Kirby O’Connor, Lee Dyreson, Director Jackie Whitacre. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Fillmore Central’s One Act Team has won first place at competition which was held on Saturday, January 26, 2013. Director Jackie Whitacre, along with the cast and crew, traveled to St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. and put forth an award-winning performance of The Importance of Being Earnest for the audience and judges to enjoy.

Jackie Whitacre describes the play in the following way:

“The Importance of Being Earnest is a play on words - it is important to be earnest so any man with that name should be a great catch; therefore, having the name of Earnest is important. Jack (Matt Gottormson)has used the name ‘Earnest’ when he comes to town and Gwendolyn (Danielle Zinsmaster) has fallen in love with the perfect name. Algernon (Lee Dyreson) also uses the name after his friend Jack explains that having two names is a great way to woo the ladies. When Algernon goes to the country to see Jack’s young ward, Cecily (Sydnie Huffman), she too falls in love with the name, not the man. Both gentlemen ask Dr. Chausable (Mitch Gibson) to christen them with the name Earnest, but even that may not help when Lady Bracknell (Ruth DeLano) and Ms. Prism (Lindsey Weiss) lend another twist to the couples’ plans. All the while Merriman (Kirby O’Connor), the butler, is looking on and laughing at the upper crust’s attempt at love.”

The group received a large trophy for their first place finish of the performance during the sectionals. The trophy will be displayed in the Fillmore Central High School in Harmony, Minn. Each member of the One Act Team also received a medal for their accomplishment.

According to Jackie, the kids get “tons of confidence” from being involved in the One Act team as well as gaining important social skills. The students really do have fun together whether it is during rehearsals, performances, or even while taking photographs together for the Fillmore County Journal, the kids are light-hearted and thoroughly enjoy themselves. The Director, cast and crew are not acting when they say “we are family” while laughing and joking with each other.

Jackie, who teaches English at Fillmore Central High School, states that being a part of the One Act Team is “no different than a sport” because participants must stay healthy by eating right and getting enough sleep. The One Act Team is a varsity sport with grades 7-12 working together for the win. As in other s .....
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A View From The Woods

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Seasonal Surrender Now is the time of hunkering down. I’m not leaving home, not reaching out, not outward-focused. These precious deep winter weeks are giving me permission to slow down, look inward and rest. I rise on a winter-storm-warning mo ..... 
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Season opens for “Over the Back Fence” in Lanesboro

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Another great year is planned for the “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, held monthly at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minnesota. The 2013 season is packed full of fun themes, featuring our talented local cast and top-notch guest ..... 
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Biologists from Taiwan and Germany to speak at Owl Festival

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

If you’d like to get a taste of foreign culture along with inspirational stories of people helping owls, register now to attend the 11th Annual International Festival of Owls banquet on Saturday, March 2 in Houston, MN. The 2013 World Owl Hall of ..... 
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Lanesboro Arts Center exhibit “Traditions in Transition: The Art of Redefined” runs Feb. 9 through March

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center opens the 2013 Exhibition Gallery season with an exhibit showcasing work by nationally-acclaimed, award-winning Lanesboro jewelers Liz Bucheit and Michael Seiler. “Traditions in Transition: The Art of Jewelry Redefined” ope ..... 
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Making a difference in Harmony and its surrounding area

By Kevin Blanchard

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Harmony Area Community Foundation (HACF) was recently established by local citizens to enhance and sustain the quality of life for residents of the greater Harmony area. HACF is organized as a fund underneath the Southern Minnesota Initiative F ..... 
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Luther College to host fourth Oneota Film Festival Jan. 18-20

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa – The fourth annual Oneota Film Festival has announced that it will present 10-15 sets of films including international award winners, as well as panel discussions with filmmakers, specialists and experts. The fourth annual event, whi ..... 
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Preston’s Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-off

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Let it snow - just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office this Saturday evening, January 19 to ski on the trail and to test-taste some wonderful chili contest e ..... 
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Ice ice baby!

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Yes, its winter. Yes, it’s cold. But don’t let that stop you from getting out and having some fun! Several towns in the area have ice skating rinks for you and your family to get outside this winter season and not only have a good time as a fam ..... 
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