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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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R-P School Board receives clean audit, sets final levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The district has been notified by Clifton, Larson & Allen that it has received a clean audit for the year. Kim Hillberg, representing the firm, relayed the findings to the board at the Monday, December 16 meeting. While there were two compliance fin ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson narrows options for future

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The Future Facilities Task Force has spent weeks working out the details of potential options for the future of the district’s aging facilities. After a failed referendum last December, the district called for the task force to pour over the sugge ..... 
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R-P renews superintendent’s contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

After a recent snafu involving a well-meaning board chairwoman Angela Colbenson who followed school legal counsel advice, the district has officially approved Superintendent Ehler’s contract for another two years. Ehler’s past contract expired J ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a headstart on their college education

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

By Jenny Helgemoe, R-P H.S. Counselor Rushford-Peterson High School is providing juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a head­start on their college education. For a number of years now, R-P High School has been offering dual credit courses. ..... 
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Olson’s monologue “I’ll Always Know Where You Are” will be published

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

By Angie Rodenburg Life has been a whirlwind adventure lately for Rushford-Peterson senior, Mariah Olson. In the last few weeks she has started her senior year, been voted homecoming queen, and found out that her ten-minute original monologue has b ..... 
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R-P recipient of two grants

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford-Peterson school year is off to a good start, especially as it received notification of two early education grants. The first, and more sizeable grant, comes to the district from the Minnesota Department of Education ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Several district residents were on hand at the Monday, August 19 meeting to voice their opinions of several recent issues including the ongoing facilities and administration debate, grade location realignment, and consistency of offerings within the ..... 
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