A group of the cast and crew from the Saint Peter Middle School play, How To Talk Minnesotan, presented a donation for the PAWS (Providing Animals with Shelter) program through Kind Veterinary Clinic with the money raised during their Friday performance free-will donation. The total amount donated to PAWS was $686.84, which will help with the care and needs of adoptable dogs and cats.
The cast and crew of 40 kids were excited to not only have a full house Friday night, but to learn they had raised that amount just topped off the excitement for the day. How to Talk Minnesotan was the first musical performed by the middle school since becoming a 5-8 building and was the second year that included 5th and 6th graders in the cast and the crew.
“The students should all be proud of their hard work for the last few months, as I know we sure are!” Angie Schilling, Middle School play co-director, said. “We thought this was a great opportunity to help a foundation in the community and the kids were overwhelmed by the support we received at their night performance.”
Shown here, Saint Peter Middle School play cast & crew members presented Kind Veterinary Clinic with a donation of $686.84 that they raised during the free-will donation held during Friday’s performance of “How to Talk Minnesotan.” Cast & crew members shown here presenting the donation are (l to r) Isabell Mish, Cesar Cruz, Noah Kracht, Emma Bohmer, Annika Stone, and Paige Marquardt along with Morris the cat and a staff member from Kind Vet Clinic.
Saint Peter Middle School play cast and crew members are busy putting on the finishing touches on their rendition of Howard Mohr’s popular musical, “How to Talk Minnesotan,” which they will bring to the middle school theater stage at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 6.
Directors Angie Schilling and Charlotte Smith have been busy with cast and crew the past couple months preparing for this year’s show.
“Rehearsals have been a lot of fun,” Charlotte Smith said. “Some of the props are pretty ridiculous, so we often find ourselves having to stop for a good laugh. We're currently still stumbling through the show with plenty of stop-and-go, but by the time the big night comes, we'll be raring to go.”
Admission to this year’s middle school play is free, but a freewill offering is being taken with all proceeds being donated to PAWS (Providing Animals With Shelter) at Kind Veterinary Clinic of St. Peter to help with their pet adoption program.
The following is a complete list of this year’s Middle School play cast and crew:
‘HOW TO TALK MINNESOTAN’
* Ed Humde - Henry Jacobs
* Lucy Humde - Isabelle Mish
* Darlene Humde - Greta Baker
* Russ - Brendan Larson
* Donna - Katherine Callahan
* Milly - Alix Johnson
* Doctor - Grace Timm
* Nurse - Maya Winsell
* Pastor - Michael Thompson
* Advertisement Ensemble - Madison Braam, Emma Bohmer, Isla Gassman, Robin Hibscher, Drake Smuder, Michael Thompson, Grace Timm, Grae Tollefson, Navaeh Rezmerski, Maya Winsell.
* Minnesota Choir - Madison Braam, Emma Bohmer, Amelica Davis, Isla Gasmman, Robin Hibscher, Lyric Ruble, Drake Smuder, Michael Thompson, Grace Timm, Grace Tollefson, Nevaeh Rezmerski, Maya Winsell.
* Set crew - Madison Braam, Alexandra Bur, Isabella Cassidy, Anoushka Chelladurai, Elijah Cherland Narum, Cesar Cruz, Miata Ericksen, Alexander Fromm, Noah Kracht, Molly Leonard, Paige Marquart, Matthew Otterness, David Pehrson, Isabel Putz, Annika Stone, Samuel Szybniski, and Emma Smith.
* Light & Sound Crew - Alexander Bur, Alexander Fromm, Elijah Cherland Narum.
* Costume Crew: Molly Leonard, Emma Smith
* Props Crew - Isabella Cassidy, Anoushka Chelladurai, Miata Erickson, Paige Marquart, Isabel Putz.
* Scenery Crew - Cesar Cruz, Noah Kracht, Matthew Otterness, David Pehrson, Samuel Szybniski.
* Stage Director - Charlotte Smith.
* Scenery/Costumes/Props Director - Angie Schilling.
Saint Peter Middle School seventh grade students took part in the annual History Day exhibit at the school’s media center on Feb. 13.
According to SPMS history teacher, Dustin Sharstrom, History Day has been around since 1980 and students all around the country compete. The theme this year was "breaking barriers" and all students selected a topic that in their mind broke barriers in history
“This year we had the president of the Treaty Site Kate Martens volunteering almost daily helping students with projects,” Sharstrom said. “We also had city council members, school board members, as well as members from The League of Women Voters all volunteering with History Day. Also, we had our State Representative Jeff Brand volunteers with projects.”
There were also three different college students serving as tutors helping students with projects. Around 25 to 30 SPMS students will compete at regional competition in March and can qualify for state and national competitions.
Last week Saint Peter Middle School sixth graders started a miniature golf unit as part of their physical education classes. Students learned about how to keep score, correct putting techniques, and the importance of being laser focused when making the shot.
“The fun part was when the students got to use their creativity to design the hole with the items given, name the hole, and determine the par number,” Alex Weis, SPMS physical education teacher, said. “They had fun and learned a lot about a lifelong activity.”
Middle Schoolers in the fifth, seventh, and eighth grade classes will also be participating in the miniature golf unit under the tutelage of MS PE teachers Bill Stuewe (grades 7-8), Kris Sandborg (grade 5), and Abby Whritenour (grades 7-8).