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A shining night for the arts

A scene from the play, "King and Queen," brings out different reactions from (left to right) Marcus Wolf, Isabelle Allex, Thomas VanAcker and Anna Wolf. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)1 / 9
Students' artistic skills were on display at the art show in the little gym at Osakis High School during Starry Starry Night. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)2 / 9
Osakis students (left to right) Mikayla Schablin, Marcus Wolf and Amanda Berry discuss a recovery plan for an athletic injury during "Ball's in Your Court." (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 3 / 9
Morgan Rach performs a solo on the vibraphone during Starry Starry Night last Thursday. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)4 / 9
Reed Hiles, a member of the Osakis High School Jazz Band, plays a trombone solo, "Two Spanish Dances," at Starry Starry Night. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 5 / 9
Logan Lipke sings a solo, "Climbin' Up the Mountain," at Starry Starry Night. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)6 / 9
Matt Peikert and Elana Eckel sing a duet, "Poor Wayfaring Stranger," to open Starry Starry Night last Thursday. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)7 / 9
Jasmine Buffington (left) and Kessie Kulzer, members of the College Theater Class, act in the play, "Who Got Larry?" (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review) 8 / 9
Ella Ferris sings "Homeward Bound" at last Thursday's Starry Starry Night. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)9 / 9

Osakis students showcased their artistic, acting, singing and musical abilities Thursday night, May 2.

It was all during "Starry Starry Night" — a collaboration featuring short plays, instrumental solos, vocal solos and ensembles, and the jazz band.

Performances took place in the Osakis High School Auditorium. An art show with paintings, pottery, drawings and other artwork was set up in the little gymnasium.

Five plays were presented with the theme, "second chances." One play, for example, tracked the comeback of an injured high school basketball player. Another featured a high school king and queen resolving an incident that pulled them apart when they were in second grade.

The plays and actors included, "Ball's in Your Court" — Marcus Wolf, Amanda Berry, Mikayla Schablin and Abiah Beam; "King and Queen" — Anna Wolf, Thomas VanAcker, Amanda Berry, Marcus Wolf and Isabelle Allex; "Who Got Larry" — Kessie Kulzer, Josie Diel and Jasmine Buffington; "New Beginning" — Thomas VanAcker, Abiah Beam, Anna Wolf, Isabelle Allex and Mikayla Schablin; and "Second Chance" — Rachel Walsh and Chris Hunter.

All the plays were written by the students themselves.

Vocal performances included duets by Elana Eckel and Matt Peikert, and Hailey Hagedon and Joey VanAcker; a vibraphone solo by Morgan Rach; vocal solos by Ella Ferris, Logan Lipke, Muriah Adolphsen and Kadyn Triebenbach; trombone solo by Reed Hiles; tuba solo by Sydney Rach; alto saxophone solo by Logan Lipke; and the Women's Ensemble of Julianna Collins, Destiny Dorman, Ember Eckel, Maria Garcia-Ramirez, Cassandra Halbur, Jayden Hensley, Kaylee Thompson, Kadyn Triebenbach, Rachel Weir, Brianna Weispfennig, Anna Wolf and Helena Zajac.

The Osakis High School Jazz Band wrapped up the evening.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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