Kennedy students perform ‘Beauty Pageant’ play

by Cori Hilsgen

Kennedy Community School sixth- through eighth-grade students spent five weeks rehearsing for a one-act play, The Miss High School U.S.A. Beauty Pageant, which they performed March 14-16.

The play, directed by teachers Kristen Mattick and Kelli Maurer, was written by Kamron Klitgaard. It’s a comedy about a beauty pageant with 10 contestants competing for the title of “Miss Kennedy 2014.” One of the contestants is male.

One of the characters attempts to alter the pageant to help her daughter, “Miss Math,” win,  and that results in many silly episodes in the play.

Thirty-three students performed in the play, and seven students were backstage helpers.

Eighth-grade student Maddie Fowler played the role of “Miss Drama.”

“It was a lot of work, but it was fun,” Fowler said. “I really enjoyed it.”

Eighth-grade student Andrew Potter played the role of “Miss Physical Education,” the male contestant.

“My favorite part of the play was Miss Drama, played by Maddie Fowler,” Potter said.

Eighth-grade stage manager Isaac Fromm was the stage manager and helped behind the scenes.

“I’ve never done so much hair in three days in my whole life,” Fromm said.

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Kennedy Community School sixth- through eighth-grade students performed a one-act play The Miss High School U.S.A. Beauty Pageant on March 14, 15 and 16. Participants included (front row, left to right) Isiah Svoboda, Anna Penticuff, Caylan Guse, Lily Burrett, Andrew Theisen, Eryka Jansen and Austin Hagen-Young; (middle row) Sam Holthaus, Amina Jawando, Angie Stolt, Tyler Corrow, Kaitlyn Hoes, Monica Rodel, Amber Moon, Caitlin Peterson, Hazel Anderson-Larson, Sophie Houghton, Maison Zimmer and Maura Rademacher; (back row) Logan Bakken, Greta Neigum, Haley App, Andrew Potter, Michaela Chandler, Hanna Haeg, Liz Wolff, Audrey Potter, MacKenzie Theisen, Caity Popp, Maddie Fowler, Shaelyn Hilbrands and Madison Klaphake.

Cori Hilsgen

Cori Hilsgen

Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.
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