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.
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.