Arts and Activities News and Notes

SPPS music department to host several concerts in December
Kurt Hildebrandt

There are several music concerts coming up in December involving Saint Peter Public School students.

Here is a rundown of those concerts that will take place. All of these events will take place at the Saint Peter High School Performing Arts Center.

  • Monday, Dec. 3  -- Grades 5 & 6 Bands at 7 p.m.

  • Monday, Dec. 10 -- Saint Peter High School Choir Concert (grades 9-12) at 7:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 11 -- North Elementary Winter Concert - 2nd grade at 6:20 p.m., 3rd grade at 6:50 p.m., grade 4 at 7:20 p.m.

  • Thursday, Dec. 13 -- Middle School Music Concert - 5th/6th grade singers at 6:30 p.m., 7th/8th grade choir at 7:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 18 -- Grades 7 & 8 Bands at 7 p.m.

Admission is free to all of these events and they are open to the public!

SPHS to bring “West Side Story” to local stage Nov. 15-18
Kurt Hildebrandt

                                                                                 (Photo courtesy of Lauren Mayer & Breeley Ruble)

New online ticketing system in place for admission to this year’s fall play

Saint Peter High School’s theater department will be presenting the “West Side Story” on November 15-18 on the Performing Arts Center stage with shows at 7:30 p.m. that Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a special 2:30 p.m. matinee showing that Sunday.

Reserved tickets can be purchased online at or by clicking on the “Quick Links” tab in the upper right hand corner of the Saint Peter Public Schools’ website (

“West Side Story,” which ran on Broadway in the late 1950s for 732 performances and was later made into a movie that won the Academy Award for best picture in 1962, is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid 1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood. According to Broadway. Com,“Billed as a modern-day Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story follows two gangs who battle to control their turf on New York's Upper West Side. The situation gets complicated when one gang member falls for a rival's sister.”

The cast of 49 and a crew of 15 for this year’s fall play have been busy rehearsing and working for their opening performance, according to co-director Scott Hermanson.

“They have been spending hours polishing the music and learning their choreography,” Hermanson said. “This show is a challenging endeavor for the students.”

Hermanson is co-directing with Karen Steinhoff, with Robbie Deering directing choreography. The technical directors are Mike Reeser and Deering.

“West Side Story made its debut on stage over 60 years ago, and the story is still as powerful and relevant as it was then,” Hermanson said. “It forces us to confront issues of race, immigration, intolerance and discrimination. As we continue to see an increase of hate and intolerance in our country and in our world, we must confront the reality of our reactions and their consequences.”


Riff – Kaiden Burmeister
Tony – Will Tauer
Action – Liam Dixon
A-Rab – Kyle Fogal
Baby John – John Borgmeier
Snow Boy – Josh Ellerbeck
Big Deal – Matthew Springer
Diesel – Isaac Peterson
Gee-Tar – Jaden Neubauer
Mouthpiece – Nils Berglund
Tiger – Sean Sneer
Graziella – Gloria Toupence
Velma – Breeley Ruble
Minnie – Marina Sawyer
Clarice – Michaela Hahn
Pauline – Megan Beran
Anybodys – Claire Dimock
DeeDee – Aurora Severson
Pearl – Sky Gassman
Lulu – Allie Pettis
Jet Girls – Julia Marlow, Kia Maas, and Breanna Hagen

Bernardo – Isaac Sawyer
Maria – Amelia Wernsing
Anita – Lauren Mayer
Chino – Noah Faulstich
Pepe – Chandra O’Brien
Luis – Gabe Wilson
Indio – Obie Alcantara Alvarez
Anxious – Jason Creel
Nibbles – Momo Abdi
Juano – David Doherty–Bohn
Toro – Calvin Alderman
Moose – Gavin Fuller
Rosalia – Isabel Panciera
Consuelo – Eva Kracht
Teresita – Katie Engeldinger
Francisca – Madi Abels
Estella – Rosie Hernandez
Margarita – Penelope Panciera
Shark Boy – Matthew Witty Frank
Shark Girls – Izzy Lind, Bryanna Harroun, and Jadzia Lahn

Doc – Dan Clark
Schrank – Drew Dixon
Krupke – Mike Reeser
Glad Hand – Tamara Mayer

Stage manager: Ethan Niemeyer
Stage right assistant stage manager: Hannah Wohlers
Stage left assistant stage manager/rigging: Brad Doherty-Bohn
Light Board Operation: Haydon Grams and Jack Leonard
Sound Board Operation: Bennett Combs, Jonathan Haas, and Mikinley Prafke
Props Manager: Hannah Wohlers
Shift Crew: Milena Lund, Ben Moberg, Garrison Rushing, and Madi Winsell
Spotlights: Amelia Dickie, Audrey Kennedy, and Kaylee Moreau

SPHS fall play tickets available for purchase online starting Nov. 1
Kurt Hildebrandt

New system to allow theater goers to choose their seats ahead of time

SPHS fall play tickets are now sold online

  SPHS fall play assistant director Robbie Deering (left) assists cast
  member Chandra O'Brien with online purchase of fall play tickets.

The opening of the new Saint Peter High School in the fall of 2017 created a lot of excitement and nowhere was that more indicative than last year’s SPHS fall play production of "Footloose" in the school’s new state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center (PAC).

The cast and crew of that show performed in front of sellout crowds for each of the three evening performances, and some people even had to be turned away from some of the performances. On top of that, the large turnout also created congestion in the area outside the PAC prior to the show.

A new online ticketing system, being implemented for the first time for this year’s SPHS fall play production of West Side Story, should help alleviate many of the problems that arose last year. Showtimes for this year’s fall play are 7:30 p.m. for Thursday, Nov. 15; Friday, Nov. 16; and Saturday, Nov. 17; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.

All tickets for this year’s fall play moving forward will be sold online as reserved tickets, and those wanting to attend one of the four performances are now being encouraged to use the new online ticketing system to buy tickets through the new website -- starting on Thursday, Nov. 1. The system is been operated through Saint Peter Community and Family Education.

The new system will require those purchasing seats to choose their seat locations as well, based upon ticket availability. No general admission tickets will be sold for the fall play. The cost for the fall play tickets is $12 per person and $2 for Saint Peter Public School students and staff. SPHS activities passes are not accepted for admission to the play. 

“After hearing about last year’s situation, we did some research into different software packages that are available for online ticketing systems,” Tami Skinner, Saint Peter Community and Family Education director, said. “We did a lot of comparisons of different systems, and found out the one that worked best was from Affinety Solutions, which is also the same company that has handled our Community Education online registration program for the last 15 years or so. This software is an added feature for the program we have been using, so it is nice to have that continuity.”

The new system allows users to either set up an account, which will save information for future purchases, or register as a guest. According to Skinner, with either option users will need to provide an email address.

Once the purchase is complete, the tickets will be emailed to the person who made the purchase and they can either print off copies of the tickets with the barcode or they can bring up the barcode on their smartphone. Event staff with handheld scanners will scan each ticket as playgoers enter the PAC.

“What’s nice about this new system is if somehow a person loses their ticket, we can still look them up online at the box office and print them out a new one,” Skinner said.

Other options to purchase tickets are to call the Community Education office at 507-934-3048, ext. 1, or by stopping by the Community Education office in room 207 at the St. Peter Community Center (600 South Fifth Street) and they will be emailed to the buyers. Tickets, if available, can be purchased at the PAC box office on the evening of the show, but Skinner encourages people to buy ahead of time.

“We are anticipating that this will be a popular show, so there are no guarantees that there will be seats available at the box office.  It’s best if they buy ahead of time starting on November 1,” she said. “The cost is the same online as it would be at the box office."

Anyone needing more information or having further questions about fall play tickets should contact the Saint Peter Community Education office at 507-934-3048.

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Kurt Hildebrandt

Please visit: to register for Saint Peter High School and Middle School (grades 7-12) extra curricular activities including speech, Mock Trial, Academic Decathlon, basketball, gymnastics, hockey, and wrestling. Girls hockey practices begin October 29; gymnastics, boys hockey and girls basketball practices begin on November 12; and boys basketball and wrestling begin on November 19.

The Saints’ activities calendar is your best source for game/event information. To track the schedule(s) for your student’s activities go to and use the “Notify Me” feature under the calendar on the right side of the page.

If you have any questions, please contact the SPHS Activities Office at 507-934-4212, ext. 6025.

One other reminder, the Saint Peter Booster Club online store is also open with all the latest in Saints’ gear available for purchase at A portion of those proceeds go back to the high school and help support Saints’ students and the activities programs.