Star News » Arts & Entertainment http://erstarnews.com The Star News covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for Elk River, Otsego, Rogers and Zimmerman, Minnesota and their surrounding areas. Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:55:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SOAR’s ‘101 Dalmations’ starts Friday in St. Michael http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/24/soars-101-dalmations-starts-friday-in-st-michael/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/24/soars-101-dalmations-starts-friday-in-st-michael/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:52:14 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=786204 xxx as Cruella rehearses with youngsters in the cast of "101 Dalmations." (Photo provided by SOAR)

Emily Kern as Cruella rehearses with youngsters in the cast of “101 Dalmations.” (Photo provided by SOAR)

 

SOAR Regional Theatre’s production of “101 Dalmations” will be presented this weekend with five performances at St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West.

Beth King is the director, with than 100 kids in the cast, along with some adults, including Emily Kern of Buffalo as Cruella De Vil.

Dalmations including Abby Nemeth (center) rehearse a scene. (SOAR photo)

“Dalmations” including Abby Nemeth (center) rehearse a scene. (SOAR photo)

Other principal roles are played by Johnathan Haller of Albertville (Roger), Raya Capel of Plymouth (Horace), and Lindsay Rohr (Anita), Mitchell Rabehl (Jasper), Kelsey Frederick (Nanny), Tyler Weber (Pongo) and Keely Anderson (Perdita), all of St. Michael.

A SOAR press release states: ” SPOT the SOAR Academy kids in our DOGGONE fun production of 101 Dalmatians! This production features over 100 youth singing and dancing and BOW-WOW-ing the crowd!”

 

Performances:

Friday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2 and 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2 and 5 p.m.

STMA Middle School West, 11343 50th St. NE, Albertville

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ERHS has 21 singers, musicians on all-conference at NWSC festival http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/14/erhs-has-21-singers-musicians-on-all-conference-at-nwsc-festival/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/14/erhs-has-21-singers-musicians-on-all-conference-at-nwsc-festival/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 08:47:05 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=785820  

All-conference musicians, from left: Sam Gearou, Jake Griffiths, Jakie Studniski, Josh Gearou, Katie Gingras, Emily Sederstrom, guest conductor Dr. Andrew Mast, Rohan Willoughby, Zach Griffiths, Alexis MacArthur. (Not pictured: Katie VanCamp)

All-conference musicians, from left: Sam Gearou, Jake Griffiths, Jakie Studniski, Josh Gearou, Katie Gingras, Emily Sederstrom, guest conductor Dr. Andrew Mast, Rohan Willoughby, Zach Griffiths, Alexis MacArthur. (Not pictured: Katie VanCamp)

 

Ten band members and 11 choir members from Elk River were named all-conference, and took part in an honors concert at the conclusion of the 15th annual Northwest Suburban Conference Music Festival this week.

Bands and choirs from 14 schools and orchestras from 10 schools performed and were judged for scores on Monday and Tuesday at Osseo. The event concluded Tuesday evening with the honor band, choir and orchestra festival concert.

Elk River’s all-conference musicians are Sam Gearou, Jake Griffiths, Jakie Studniski, Josh Gearou, Katie Gingras, Emily Sederstrom, Rohan Willoughby, Zach Griffiths and Alexis MacArthur.

Elk River all-conference choir singers are Blair Budhan, Emma Crane, Isabella Dusbabek, Andrew Elmquist, Alexa Filipiak, Olivia Fromm, Enya Mably, Blake Nordman, Keith Sullivan, Nick Walz, and Aaron Wrobel.

The All-conference students attended three Sunday afternoon rehearsals during January and February.

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Students entertain at ERHS’s popular annual ‘Snowstorm’ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/14/students-entertain-at-erhss-popular-annual-snowstorm/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/14/students-entertain-at-erhss-popular-annual-snowstorm/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 08:40:30 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=785806 Jasmine Hernandez beams and waves to the crowd after completing a piano/vocal rendition of "No One."

Jasmine Hernandez beams and waves to the crowd after completing a piano/vocal rendition of “No One.”

by Bruce Strand, Arts Editor

Elk River High School’s popular annual “Snowstorm” event was held Wednesday evening for students, parents and teachers at Zabee Theatre.

Hosts Hallie Fousek and Gunnar Davies of DECA

Hosts Hallie Fousek and Gunnar Davies of DECA

Sponsored by DECA as a fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy, “Snowstorm” includes a student talent show and introduction of Snow Week Royalty, two representatives each from 20 school organizations. DECA was named outstanding group. Their Snow Week royalty representatives, Hallie Fousek and Gunnar Davies, were the program’s hosts.

Faith Johnson

Faith Johnson

Performers were Tabetha Vandeventer and Nick Walz (“Rainbow Connection”), McKenzie Humphrey (“Bubbly”), Cameron Laitkinen (beat-boxing), Alexa Filipiak and Keith Sullivan (“Jar of Hearts”), Daniel Petters (“I Just Can’t Wait to be King”), Faith Thompson (“How to Save a Life”), Jasmine Hernandez (“No One”), Blake Nordman and James Bounds (“Agony”), Ali Krohn (“Man in the Mirror”), Katie Seriane (“Wildest Moments”), Ali Foote and Emmanuel Collins (“Somebody to You”), Freedom Martin (guitar, “Unforgiven”), Molly McQuown and Sam Hendricks (“Halo”), and guitarist Sam Johnson, who got the audience chiming in with lyrics of “Hey There Delilah,” “Thinking Out Loud,” “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Time of Your Life.”

 

Snow Week Royalty

National Honor Society: Kennedy Strain, Matt Gulden … Yearbook: Kat Hogan, J.P. Dilley … Theater: Alex Thorson, Keith Sullivan … Band Council: Emily Sederstrom, Mike Hampton … Math Team: Brianna Gerold, Jordan Haack … Trap Shooting: Melissa Cross, Andrew Pedersen … Student Council: Emily Krueger, Roger Le … Media Team: Kaylee Roche, Maxfield Darnell … Robotics: Carly Rausch, Antonio Masseur … Gay Straight Alliance: Rainey Hawkins, Chase Gould … Yellow Ribbon: Myah Christenson, Gannon Larson … Future Educators: Shelby Paaverud, Alyssa Germscheid … DECA: Hallie Fousek, Gunnar Davies … French Club: Katelyn Brinza, Blake LaVallee … German Club: Sophie Davitt, Trevor Taylor … Choir: Jenny Nordstrom, Blake Nordman …Mock Trial: Julie Ziegler, Sam Silver … Knowledge Bowl: Morgan Shryock, Matt Lee … Book Club: Ivana Arrington, Alexis MacArthur … Multicultural Group: Megan Hetterick, Miranda Rose

Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson

Samantha Hendricks

Samantha Hendricks

Ali Krohn

Ali Krohn

Cameron Laitkinen

Cameron Laitkinen

Freedom Martin

Freedom Martin

Hamming it up were the choir's royalty, Blake Nordman and Jenny Nordstrom

Hamming it up were the choir’s royalty, Blake Nordman and Jenny Nordstrom

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Looking charmingly nerdy were the Robotics Club’s Carly Rausch and Antonio Vesseur

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Winners named for Arts in Harmony, nationwide show on display at government building http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/14/winners-named-for-arts-in-harmony-nationwide-show-on-display-at-government-building/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/14/winners-named-for-arts-in-harmony-nationwide-show-on-display-at-government-building/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 08:18:34 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=785795 Eric Menzhuber's "God's Gift" got Best in Show.

Eric Menzhuber’s “God’s Gift” got Best in Show.

by Bruce Strand, Arts Editor

Among 212 works of art in a nationwide contest currently on display at the Sherburne County Government Center, the Best in Show prize went to an Eagan artist for a portrait of a small boy.

“God’s Gift,” a pastel on paper, by Eric Menzhuber, got the top honors and a $1,250 check from First National Bank, one of the sponsors of the 20th annual Arts in Harmony exhibit.

This painting of a fox by Ezra xxxx of Colorado got the best acrylic honor.

This painting of a fox by Ezra Tucker of Colorado got the best acrylic honor.

 

Robert Jeffrey's "Dr. Pierce's Magic Pills" will hang at Great River Energy, after winning this years Purchase Award prize offered by the local power company.

Robert Jeffrey’s “Dr. Pierce’s Magic Pills” will hang at Great River Energy, after winning this years Purchase Award prize offered by the local power company.

Also a big winner was Robert Jeffrey, of Minneapolis, whose transparent watercolor “Dr. Pierce’s Magic Pills” was chosen for the annual Purchase Award of $1,000 from Great River Energy.

Barbara Keith, of Lanesboro, got second in glass for “Plume.”

Barbara Keith, of Lanesboro, got second in glass for “Plume.”

Another coveted prize is Best River Representation, which brings a $525 check from Sherburne County Abstract & Title Co. Patricia Duncan of St. Paul won it.

Eric Menzhuber

Eric Menzhuber

Numerous other prizes from $150 to $250 were awarded in various categories. “Little Mischief,” a portrait of a fox by Ezra Tucker, of Colorado, got first place in acrylic and the Chester Johnson Esq. award, totaling $450 in prizes.

There’s a “Friends of David Beauvais Award,” honoring the memory of a longtime local arts booster. It went this year to Robert McCoy, of St. Cloud, for “Charlie’s Oak,” an oil painting.

Patricia Duncan’s entrant got the award for best representation of a river.

Patricia Duncan’s entrant got the award for best representation of a river.

A total of 638 entrants were received, from a total of 30 states, and 212 were chosen for the show.

Six Elk River residents are in the show: Tim Bykowski, Lauren Rudy, Linda Croteau, Mark Caselius, Donn Granros and Judy Syring.

The show is arranged and supervised by Elk River Area Arts Alliance. The public may view the show each weekday and evening.

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Riverfront concerts will rock downtown Elk River for ninth season http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/12/riverfront-concerts-will-rock-downtown-for-ninth-season/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/12/riverfront-concerts-will-rock-downtown-for-ninth-season/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:16:46 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=785694 by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

A new Elvis, dueling guitars, a police band, the crowd-pleasing Fabulous Armadillos and six other musical acts will take the stage in Elk River this summer during the popular Riverfront Concert Series.

The Riverfront Concert Series will kick off again June 11 in downtown Elk River.

The Riverfront Concert Series will kick off again June 11 in downtown Elk River.

“It’s probably one of the stronger lineups we’ve had in the concert series,” said Michael Hecker, Elk River Parks and Recreation director. The free concerts have been going on since 2007 at the park in downtown Elk River.

Six bands new to the Elk River stage will join four returning favorites in 2015.

New are Chris Hawkey, Ivy Stone, Forever Elvis, SongBlast, Rockin’ Hollywoods with Dawn L. McArthur, and Martin Zellar and the Hardways.

Brat Pack Radio, The Jimmys, Fabulous Armadillos and the Minneapolis Police Band are the returning performers.

Fabulous Armadillos has been the crowd favorite, drawing a record number of about 2,500 people last year. The band will be back again this year on July 30 playing classic rock from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Typically, 1,500 to 2,000 people attend each concert in the series, depending on the weather, Hecker said.

The 90-minute concerts will begin at 7 p.m. Thursdays from June 11 through Aug. 20, except for the week of July 4.

The concerts are sponsored by The Bank of Elk River. Elk River Parks and Recreation books the bands. Hecker said they try to bring in a variety of musical genres. To ensure a higher quality concert series, they look for bands in high demand and typically only book musicians who have agents.

concert series logoThey also seek feedback and suggestions through Facebook and other avenues. Two of this year’s bands, Martin Zellar and the Hardways and The Jimmys, were recommended by residents, Hecker said.

Among the new performers this year will be a different Elvis. An Elvis impersonator has been part of the lineup in the past, but Hecker said this one, known as Forever Elvis, is backed by a live band.

There also is a new twist on the dueling musicians. In the past, concertgoers have seen dueling pianos. This year it will be the dueling guitars known as SongBlast.

The Rockin’ Hollywoods are changing it up as well by adding a female vocalist, Dawn L. McArthur.

The Minneapolis Police Band will return with a patriotic show after a several year absence. Because the band’s performance is only 60 minutes, a juggler, Sean Emery, will be the warm-up act that night.

2015 Riverfront Concert Series line-up

June 11: Chris Hawkey (country)

June 18: Ivy Stone (classic funk)

June 25: Forever Elvis

(Art Kistler and the EP

Boulevard Band)

July 9: SongBlast (dueling guitars)

July 16: Minneapolis Police Band

(patriotic community band)

and warm-up act Sean

Emery (juggling)

July 23: The Jimmys (Chicago blues/

New Orleans jazz)

July 30: Fabulous Armadillos

(classic rock of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s)

Aug. 6: Brat Pack Radio (pop/’80s)

Aug. 13: Rockin’ Hollywoods with

Dawn L. McArthur

(classic rock and roll)

Aug. 20: Martin Zellar and the Hardways

(alternate country/rock)

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Schroeder Studio teen artist gets awards, scholarship http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/07/schroeder-studio-teen-artist-gets-awards-scholarship/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/07/schroeder-studio-teen-artist-gets-awards-scholarship/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 09:15:32 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=785506 "Mesmerized"

“Mesmerized”

Claire Miller, local art student of Schroeder Studio, earned a Minnesota Scholastic Gold Key award for her oil portrait “Mesmerized” (shown here) and Silver Key for a pastel drawing. The St. Cloud Cathedral junior  also recently earned a $500 scholarship from Oil Painters of America.

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Zimmerman resident publishes romance novel http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/07/zimmerman-resident-publishes-romance-novel/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/07/zimmerman-resident-publishes-romance-novel/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 09:13:03 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=785501 Connie Stephany and her family

Connie Stephany and her family

 

by Bruce Strand, Arts Editor

Zimmerman resident Connie Stephany has self-published her first romance novel, “Second Chances.”

It’s a tale of a florist, Abby, who’s trying to decide which of two suitors is more worthy of a second chance.

“I work a lot! I read fluff to relax and decided to write one, as my dream would be to write for a living,” said Stephany, an information technology specialist serving as a solution architect for a health insurance company.

Her 174-page book, appropriate for ages 14 and up, is available through Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu.

Stephany, married with three children, has lived in Zimmerman for 13 years and in Otsego prior to that.

Here is one excerpt from “Second Chances.”

“Max, these are beautiful. Thank you.” Abby took the flowers, slipped off her sandals and brought them into the kitchen. She set them in the middle of the kitchen table. She looked at them longer than necessary to hide her smile. She had rendered him speechless! She did a little happy dance in her head, and then took a deep breath to pull herself together.

That was the exact reaction she had been hoping to see on Max’s face so her effort had definitely been worth it. She finally forced herself to quit grinning and turned back towards Max, who was still standing in the same spot.

“Are you ready to go?” Abby asked. She couldn’t believe this. It was almost like one of her imaginary reunions she’d dreamed of for years after Max had left.

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Ten Elk River art students qualify for MN Scholastic show http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/07/ten-elk-river-art-students-qualify-for-mn-scholastic-show/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/07/ten-elk-river-art-students-qualify-for-mn-scholastic-show/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 09:06:39 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=785492 "Study of Dylan," by Ally Harris

“Study of Dylan,” by Ally Harris

 

Ten Elk River art students’ works are on display at the University of Minnesota after earning Gold or Silver Keys in the Minnesota Scholastic Awards program, announced art teacher Damien Husen.

Dan Janasz, a senior, earned four Gold Keys, for two sculptures, a ceramics and glass piece, and an art portfolio.

"Falling to Pieces," by Dan Janasz

“Falling to Pieces,” by Dan Janasz

"Orphan Portrait" by Morgan Simmons

“Orphan Portrait” by Morgan Simmons

Other Gold Keys went to Scott Cable, Briona Sink and Reece Hickman for sculpture; Jake Carlson, Jordan Madison and Nicholas Madsen for ceramics and glass; and Ally Harris and Morgan Simmons for drawing. Taylor Odegard got a Silver Key in ceramics and glass. All are seniors except Simmons, a junior.

The display of artwork at Regis Center for Art will continue through Feb. 21, when an awards ceremony for students from around the state will be held at Weisman Art Museum.

There were approximately 2,900 individual entrants and the jury awarded 250 Gold and 246 Silver keys plus 552 honorable mentions.

ERHS students with honorable mentions were seniors Blake Dalzell, Anna Oman, Silk and Emma Trittin; and juniors Noah Farrar and Kali Parke.

"Intertwined," by Brionna Silk

“Intertwined,” by Brionna Silk

"Draped in Spheres" by Jordan Madison

“Draped in Spheres” by Jordan Madison

"Masque," by Scott Cable

“Masque,” by Scott Cable

"Branded Raku Bowl" by Nick Madsen

“Branded Raku Bowl” by Nick Madsen

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SOAR fundraiser: Babysitting on Valentine’s Day http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/07/soar-fundraiser-babysitting-on-valentines-day/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/07/soar-fundraiser-babysitting-on-valentines-day/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 07:08:20 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=785490 Baby-sitting on Valentine’s Day is being offered by SOAR Regional Arts as a fund-raiser for their upcoming production of “High School Musical,” announced director Ellen Beaudry.

“Do you wish you could go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day but know it will be difficult to find a sitter? Well, your wish has been granted,” states a press release.

You may drop off your children (potty trained ages 3-12) from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, at St Michael City Center, and let the teens of SOAR watch them and keep them entertained with bingo, a movie, and crafts,with plenty of teen/adult supervision.

Visit soararts.com to preregister. Cost is $25/child or $55/family.

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Family fun: ‘Jungle Book’ on stage this weekend http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/04/family-fun-jungle-book-on-stage-this-weekend/ http://erstarnews.com/2015/02/04/family-fun-jungle-book-on-stage-this-weekend/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:42:05 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=785286 Rama the mother wolf (Allie Heltemes) has brought Young Mowgli (Owen McCready) to live with and be raised by the wolf pack. Wolf cubs (Jett Murray, Trey Goins, Hailey Flynn &  Anna Murphy) love their new playmate. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Rama the mother wolf (Allie Heltemes) has brought Young Mowgli (Owen McCready) to live with and be raised by the wolf pack. Wolf cubs (Jett Murray, Trey Goins, Hailey Flynn &  Anna Murphy) love their new playmate. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

North Star Family Theatre’s colorful children’s play of “The Jungle Book” will have five showings next weekend at the ERHS Little Theatre.

Kaa the Python (Lizzy Inselmann) and one of his coils (Samantha Pawelk) are deciding the best way to hypnotize Mowgli so that they can squeeze him in to death and have him for dinner.

Kaa the Python (Lizzy Inselmann) and one of his coils (Samantha Pawelk) are deciding the best way to hypnotize Mowgli so that they can squeeze him in to death and have him for dinner. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Said Eileen Anderson, director, “There are monkey gymnasts, elementary school vultures that sing in four-part harmony, bumbling elephants, a snake with glow-in-the-dark eyes, an epic fight scene between Baloo the Bear and Shere Kahn the Tiger, and the cutest little wolf cubs and bumble bees you have ever seen.”

The cast includes Trent Ramert as Mowgli, Lilly Hayworth as Bagheera, Jamie Cassidy as Baloo, Paul Olson as King Louie, Emma Taylor as DiVine, Sean Ewing as Col. Hathi, Jon McCready as Akeka, Lizzie Inselman as Kaa, Meredith Monroe as Winifred, Nate Chesemore as Shere Kahn, and Allie Heltemes as Rama.

Mowgli (Trent Ramert) and Baloo the Bear (Jamie Cassidy) are best pals. Baloo has agreed to watch out for his "little buddy" so that Mowgli can stay in the jungle. 

Mowgli (Trent Ramert) tickles his pal Baloo the Bear (Jamie Cassidy). Baloo has agreed to watch out for his “little buddy” so that Mowgli can stay in the jungle. (Photo by Erik Jacobsen)

The show opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, followed by performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8.

Discounted tickets are available on North Star Family Theatre’s website, www.NStarTheatre.org.

Supervisors also include Jamie Cassidy, music director; Paul Olson, choreographer; Lilly Hayworth, makeup designer; Heidi Clem, costumer; Nate Chesemore, lighting designer; Rachelle Noding, assistant director and sound designer. Anderson said there’s a re-creation of the movie jungle scene that is “spot-on,” designed by scenic artist Colleen Murray.

“The thing that stands out the most about this show is the phenomenal job that the parent volunteers have done,” Anderson said. “We have had a very short rehearsal period for this production. The parents have been involved in nearly every part of this show.”

Bageehra the Panther (Lilly Hayworth) and Mowgli (Trent Ramert)  are arguing about Mowgli being taken back to the"man village". Mowgli wants to stay in the Jungle with his animal friends. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Bageehra the Panther (Lilly Hayworth) and Mowgli (Trent Ramert)  are arguing about Mowgli being taken back to the”man village”. Mowgli wants to stay in the Jungle with his animal friends. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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