Blair High School music and drama departments will present “Guys and Dolls” on Thursday through Saturday evenings and a Saturday Matinee in the Blair High School Auditorium. The classic ’50’s musical features many memorable songs, and the talented cast does a great job of singing them. In fact, there is such a wealth of quality performers that BHS director Kelli Westphal and music director Dan Hutsell double cast the roles of Adelaide and Sarah Brown.
Senior Jenna Carlson and Junior Maddy Nannen play Adelaide and Sarah Brown respectively, for the Thursday night and Saturday matinee performances. Junior Payton Murray and senior Maddie Knudtson assume the roles on Friday and Saturday nights.
Nicely-Nicely Johnson played by Andrew Sorenson sing “Sit Down Your Rocking’ the Boat” during a rehearsal.
Maddy Nannen (Sarah Brown) and Mitchell Guynan (Sky Masterson) an rehearse a scene from the Blair High School’s production of “Guys and Dolls. “
Maddy Nannen (Sarah Brown) Mitchell Guynan (Sky Masterson) rehearse a scene from the Blair High School’s production of “Guys and Dolls. “
Maddie Knudtson (Sarah Brown) and Mitchell Guynan rehearse scene from “Guys and Dolls.”
Sarah Brown, played by Maddy Nannen, and Adelaide, played byJenna Carlson sing “Marry the Man Today” during rehearsal for Blair High School’s production of Guys and Dolls” BHS drama director Kelli Westphal double cast the female leads.
Maddie Knudtson as Sarah Brown during a scene from “Guys and Dolls.”
Sky Masterson, played by Mitchell Guynan, rolls the dice during “Luck Be a Lady “ in the Blair High Schools production of “Guys and Dolls.”
Finale of Blair High School’s production of Guys and Dolls
Mitchell Guynan (Sky Masterson) and Maddy Nannen (Sarah Brown) rehearse a scene from the Blair High School’s production of “Guys and Dolls. “
Jenna Carlson (Adelaide) and Hot Box girls rehearse a dance scene from “Guys and Dolls.”
Payton Murray and Hot Box girls rehearse a scene from ‘Guys and Dolls.”
BHS Musical Guys and Dolls
Payton Murray ( Adelaide) and Caleb Sandall (Nathan Detroit) rehearse a scene from “Guys and Dolls.”
Adelaide (Jenna Carlson) and Nathan Detroit (Caleb Sandall) talk about getting married during a scene
Guys look at a pair of dice during floating craps game in the sewer.
Nathan Detroit played by Caleb Sandall talks on the phone to Joey trying to set up a craps game.
Who would have thought that practicing reading, math and science skills could be so much fun? For more than a dozen years, South School first grade teacher Mariann Andersen has been hauling a pickup load of oversize pumpkins from sister and brother-in-law Rose and Bob Helgoth’s 40 acre patch in St. Libory, NE for this pumpkin fun activity. Each of the pumpkins weighs anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds.
During the Wednesday afternoon activity, parents join in to help supervise, tote the pumpkins, and wield the knives and cutting tools. Teams of four students to a pumpkin read and follow the instructions in the booklet as they read, record, estimate, weigh, measure and count lines and seeds. They also read the directions and measure and mix the ingredients to make a batch of pumpkin muffins.
Teachers Anderson and Julia Warner enjoy doing this activity year after year because it gives the students an opportunity to practice math, science and reading skills, and because it is a great way to get the parents involved in a learning activity with their children. Over 30 parents and grandparents helped with the activity.
“It’s exhausting, but fun!” Warner said.
Second grader reaches in to grab another handful of seeds and pulp.
Pumpkin Fun South School
Second graders stir a batch of pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin Fun South School.
Save Our Avian Resources (SOAR) educator Kay Neumann visited Arbor Park School last week with Thora, a bald eagle, and Cedar, an eastern screech owl. While the goal of SOAR is to return all birds to the wild, Thora suffers from limited vision, due to lead poisoning. Cedar is non-releasable due to a damaged wing. Neumann said she and her family love to hunt, but lead ammunition can be toxic to wildlife. That is why Neumann and SOAR advocate the use non-toxic ammunition when hunting.
Cedar, an eastern screech Owl is non releasable due to a damaged wing.
SOAR educator Kay Neumann holds Cedar , an Eastern Screech Owl while she talks with Arbor Park Students. Save Our Avian Resources educator Kay Neumann visited Arbor Park School today with a Bald Eagle named Thora and Cedar, an Eastern Screech Owl. While the goal of SOAR is return all birds to the wild, Thora suffers from limited vision due to lead poisoning. Cedar is non releasable due to a damaged wing.
Bald eagle Thora stands on perch while Kay Neumann holds screech owl Cedar
Save Our Avian Resources educator Kay Neumann holds bald eagle Thora. The eagle is non-releasable due to limited vision caused by lead poisoning.
Throughout February, students at Deerfield, North and South primary schools in Blair collected donations for the American Heart Association. The week of Feb. 16th students and staff participated in Jump Rope for Heart week activities. The annual event is an opportunity for students to help others while learning about heart health.
North School first grade student jumps rope.
Deerfield Second grade students jump rope.
North School Kindergarten students jumping rope.
Deerfield kindergarten students jumping rope.
Deerfield second grade student Clara Flaherty in Mrs. Thompson’s class.