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SMU-The Nutcracker

The Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre and Dance and the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will present the Dance Repertory Company in “The Nutcracker” Wednesday through Sunday, Dec. 3-7, at the Saint Mary’s Page Theatre.
The 2014 cast includes over 80 members including students from Saint Mary’s, Winona State University, and children and community members from the Winona and surrounding areas.  “The Nutcracker” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, through Saturday, Dec. 6, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. A special abridged version, ideal for young audience members who may not be able to sit through the full-length ballet, will be presented at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The cost for this afternoon matinee is $4 for everyone.  For tickets, call the Saint Mary’s University Box Office at 507-457-1715 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit

WSHS Honor Band

Two different events took place the weekend of November 14 and 15, with representatives from Winona Senior High School. On November 14 and 15, WSHS junior and tenor saxophone player, Connor Polodna was selected to participate in the Winona State Honor Jazz Band which is sponsored by the WSU Jazz Faculty, under the direction of Dr. Rich MacDonald. Polodna was able to participate in master class with guest artist Gerald "G" Stockton, full ensemble rehearsals and sectionals both days, and a final concert Saturday evening. Two honor jazz bands and one saxophone ensemble were directed by local jazz superstars and WSU adjunct faculty, Dr. John Paulson, Ray Dretske and Dave Gudmastad.
WSHS sophomore and tenor saxophone player, Ananth Iyengar was joined by WSHS freshman, Austin Weatherhead, a trumpet player, at the American School Band Directors Association MN 9/10 Honors Jazz Band at Ferguson Hall at the University of Minnesota on Saturday, November 15. A full day of master classes with U of MN Jazz I and Director Randy Lee, along with full ensemble rehearsals and sectionals throughout the day, culminated in a final concert that evening.WSHS student/musicians are taught and directed in the jazz band by WAPS music faculty, Melody Snyder. 
photo: Left to right: Austin Weatherhead, Connor Polodna, Ananth Iyengar

WSHS Orchestra

The WSHS orchestra concert will be held on Thursday, December 4 at 7:30 pm in the WSHS auditorium amid lovely holiday lights and poinsettias. Enjoy the talents of this elite group under the direction of Ms. Cindy Johnson.  The orchestra will play many selections, such as Handel’s "Entrance to the Queen of Sheba", and holiday favorites like Mel Torme’s "The Christmas Song" and "Frosty and Snowman". You can also enjoy a silent auction of many wonderful items for your holiday shopping before the concert from 6:45-7:25 and again for 15 minutes following the concert in the WSHS concourse. There will be punch and cookies reception after the concert as final bids are placed on the Silent Auction items. Some auction items include gift certificates from Starbucks, Erbert’s and Gerberts and many others; also offered is an authentic Malaysian dinner for 4-6 people, basket with Watkins items, as well as many other great items and holiday decorating ideas. 


W-K Books

W-K 2nd graders in Mrs. Hudson's class read "Henry and Mudge" by Cynthia Rylant. They conducted an author study after ready more about the author in Scholastic News, ready many other books from the school library written by Rylant.Teacher and students decided to draw pictures and write letters to Rylant to let her know which of her characters was their favorite and why.  They are very much hoping that Rylant will write back to them.  

photo:  W-K 2nd grade teacher, Lisa Hudson, with her students and the photos/letters they created and drafter to author, Cynthia Rylant.