Arts and Activities News and Notes

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Kurt Hildebrandt

Spring registration is now open for Saint Peter High School co-curricular activities. To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/STPActivitiesRegistration

Questions about how to set up a registration account? Click here: http://ss-resource.wordwareinc.com/…/Create%20New%20Lobby%2…

Looking for spring schedules? Go to www.thebigsouthconference.org. You can import specific schedules into your own calendar. A helpful guide on how to do that can be found here: http://bit.ly/ImportingActivitySchedules

Varsity Start Dates:
March 2nd - Adapted Bowling
March 9th - Track & Field and Softball
March 16th - Boys & Girls Golf and Baseball
March 23rd - Boys Tennis

Middle school baseball, softball, and track & field start dates are tentative based on weather and field conditions. Practices will start around April 1st for those activities.

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

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(NOTE: For Opportunity Day story and/or Minnehaha/St. Peter BB doubleheader pre-sale ticket info please scroll down.)

This time of year is always an exciting time at Saint Peter High School as students and staff prepare for the annual Snow Week celebration, set this year for the week of February 10-14. The SPHS Student Council organizes and plans the event each year, and according to advisors Carmen Hanson and Peggy Dimock, another fun-filled week has been put together. 

 SPHS 2020 Snow Week candidates include (l to r), 
 Brielle Bushaw, Harrison Dean, Rahma Jamac, Kai 
 Anderson, Amelia Carlson, Carson Kennedy, 
 Nicole Schilling, Noah Faulstich, Marina Sawyer, 
and Ethan Niemeyer. 

The 2020 SPHS Snow Week Queen and King candidates were recently announced and they include: Queen candidates, Marina Sawyer, Nicole Schilling, Amelia Carlson, Rahma Jamac, and Brielle Bushaw; King candidates, Harrison Dean, Noah Faulstich, Ethan Niemeyer, Carson Kennedy, and Kai Anderson. The annual coronation will take place during Saints Time, starting at 9:24 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 13, in the SPHS Performing Arts Center.  

The Snow Week dress up days are as follows:

Monday, Feb. 10 - Cozy Day
Tuesday, Feb. 11 - Decade Day
Wednesday, Feb. 12 - Space Day
Thursday, Feb. 13 - Throwback Day
Friday, Feb. 14 - Class Color Day (Seniors - black, Juniors - red, Sophomores - gray, Freshman - pink)

There will be other Snow Week-themed activities going on during school such as a medallion hunt, pod decorating, games and a pepfest. There are also numerous Saints/Bulldogs sporting events going on throughout the week. Be sure to check out the SPHS activities schedule for all the details on those games/matches → https://www.thebigsouthconference.org/public/genie/742/school/11/.

Snow Week festivities wrap up on Sunday, Feb. 16, with the annual Sadies Hawkins Dance which starts at 7:30 p.m. with the grand march followed by the dance from 8 to 11 p.m.

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Kurt Hildebrandt

Because of an anticipated large crowd, pre-sale tickets for Saturday's varsity girls & boys basketball doubleheader between Minnehaha Academy and St. Peter will be available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Thursday (Feb. 6) at the SPHS Office (enter through E4 on east end of building). The girls' varsity game starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday with the boys’ game to follow at 4 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. and admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students.

Pre-sale tickets will be limited to the first 750 people and if there are any pre-sale tickets remaining after Thursday those will go on sale starting at 8 a.m. on Friday (Feb. 7) in the SPHS Office (enter E4). There will be 800 tickets sold on the day of the game on a first-come, first-served basis.

Will SPHS activities passes be honored?  Yes, passholders are eligible for a pre-sale ticket at no charge but will still need to obtain a ticket prior to the game. Each pass must be present to receive a ticket.

Passholders are strongly encouraged to get their tickets during the pre-sale at the SPHS office to assure they have a seat for Saturday. If passholders wait until Saturday to use their pass(es) there is no guarantee they will be able to get into the gym.

PLEASE NOTE: All tickets are non-refundable and not replaceable. There will be NO reserved seating or placing of blankets, chairs, or other objects. All unattended items will be removed from the stands.

Want to avoid the crowds? Subscription streaming is available at www.nfhsnetwork.com.

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

The schedule for Saturday’s C and B squad girls and boys games is as follows (there is no admission charge for those games):

Girls C squad -- 11 a.m. at St. Peter Community Center
Girls B squad -- 12:15 p.m. at St. Peter Community Center
Boys C squad -- 1:15 p.m. at Saint Peter Middle School
Boys B squad -- 2:30 p.m. at Saint Peter Middle School

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Kurt Hildebrandt

Saint Peter High School’s instrumental music department recently announced it will be hosting famed trumpeter Allen Vizzutti on February 28 and 29. Vizzutti, who is a Yamaha Performing Artist, will put on a MasterClass at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, for Saint Peter and Cleveland high school students as well as several other area high school and college students. 

   Allen Vizzutti

In addition to his MasterClass, Vizzuitti will appear in concert with the St. Peter and Cleveland HS concert and jazz bands at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, in the St. Peter Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for student. Please contact SPHS band director Dave Haugh at dhaugh@stpeterschools.org to buy tickets in advance and for more information.  

Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Allen Vizzutti has visited 60 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles. Performing as a classical artist and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra, in recital, on television and in jazz venues around the world.   His trumpet playing has appeared in more than 150 movies, including Back to the Future & Star Trek, as well as in numerous video games like Halo & Medal of Honor.  

While growing up in Montana, Allen was taught by his father, a self-taught musician. Allen attended the Eastman School of Music where he earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, a Performer’s Certificate, a chair in the Eastman Brass Quintet faculty ensemble and the only Artist’s Diploma ever awarded a wind player in Eastman’s history.

As Artist in Residence, Allen has taught at leading universities throughout the world including the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, the Trompeten Akademie of Bremen Germany. His extensive treatise, “The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method” and his “New Concepts for Trumpet”, (Alfred Music Publishing), have become standards works for trumpet study worldwide. Additional information about Allen Vizzutti is always available at vizzutti.com.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council with funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature from its general fund.

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Saint Peter High School’s One-Act Play cast and crew have ramped things up recently in preparation for the Section 2AA, Subsection A contest set for Saturday, Jan. 25, here at the SPHS Performing Arts Center (PAC). 

  SPHS's One Act Play cast & crew includes: front
  row (l to r), Sarah Fadness, Julie Marlow, Jaden
  Neubauer, Gloria Toupence, Madelyn Tollefson, 
  Bryan Harroun; middle row, Breeley Ruble, Katie
  Engeldinger, Noah Faulstich, Sky Gassman,
  Matthew Springer, Marina Sawyer, Ayla Aydogdu,
  Ethan Niemeyer; back row, Jack Leonard and
  Wesley Toupence.

This year’s production is Squirrel Girl Goes to College, and is being directed by Jason Toupence and Amanda Blue. The Section 2AA, Subsection A contest begins at 9:10 a.m. and, besides the Saints, other schools competing includes Dassel-Cokato, New Ulm, Hutchinson, Marshall, Orono, and New Prague. Because of Section 2AA rules, the schedule of performances is not available to the public. 

Prior to the Subsection A contest, SPHS cast and crew will take part in the Big South Conference Festival here at the PAC on Monday, Jan. 20, as a sort of trial run with six other conference schools also taking part. SPHS will hit the stage at 9:45 a.m. 

The Saints group will also stage a free public performance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the PAC. 

“This year's One Act is a superhero story,” Toupence said. “Marvel's Squirrel Girl has graduated high school and is on her way to Empire State University. Squirrel Girl Goes to College looks at her struggle to be a regular girl that just happens to be a superhero. 

“Rehearsals are going well and the cast and crew are doing a great job. As always, our biggest issue is the time crunch. This year's state competition was moved closer a week, so all of the sub-sections and section competitions were also moved closer. This year's public performance will also include an additional non-competitive one act play directed by Mr. Deering, which will also perform at the Big South Festival.”

The following is the cast and crew list for the SPHS one act play:

Squirrel Chorus - Matthew Springer
Squirrel Chorus - Marina Sawyer
Squirrel Chorus - Sky Gassman
Tippy-Toe - Katie Engeldinger
Doreen Green - Gloria Toupence
Doctor Doom - Breeley Ruble
Tomas Lara-Perez - Jaden Neubauer
Nancy Whitehead - Madelyn Tollefson 
Brightmind - Bryan Harroun 
MODOC - Noah Faulstich 
Smartnoggin - Sarah Fadness 
Freak - Julia Marlow
Stage Crew - Ayla Aydogdu 
Stage Crew - Wesley Toupence 
Sounds - Ethan Niemeyer 
Lights - Jack Leonard