Rosemount students are ‘On the Air’ with new production

Theater arts department to stage old-time radio show

Rosemount High School theater arts students perform on Wednesday during the senior preview for RHS Radio Theater “On the Air,” which will be performed this weekend at the school and streamed live online. Photo by Rick Orndorf

by Tad Johnson
Thisweek Newspapers

The second part of Rosemount High School’s winter arts season will be staged this weekend with a nod to one of Minnesota’s most notable exports.

In the tradition of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” on Minnesota Public Radio, students will present RHS Radio Theater “On the Air” from Feb. 10-12 in the school’s Performing Arts Center.

The show will feature a cast of 10 actors, singers and musicians who will perform comic and dramatic scripts along with vocal and instrumental music together with sound effects created live on stage.

“It’s creative, theatrical, and we’ve never done it before, especially working on a show that while played in front of a live audience, is focused on a radio broadcast via the Internet,” director Thomas Hoffman said.

In addition to being performed on stage, “On the Air” will be streamed live on the Internet.

The cast consists of some of the school’s top theater arts students, including Megan Beasley, Christy Emanuelson, Annie Foster, Dylan Giles, Maddie Holtze, Alexa Monn, Cory McMenomy, Alex Thibodo, Caleb Wesen and Zach Zaboj.

Hoffman said he has been impressed by the students’ many performing talents as actors and musicians.

He said he’s also been pleased with their willingness to try something new and work as a group to create and produce a live show that has to move non-stop in its one-hour time slot.

The students have been full participants in finding what works and what doesn’t, according to Hoffman.

“Creating the ads/jingles for our sponsors has been something that we found both challenging and fun to produce for our live broadcast,” Hoffman said.

Assistant directors for the show are Laura Sandham, Ursula Bowden, Brittany Eastburn, and Mari Kae Marcotte-Schouweiler.

“On the Air” will be performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.

General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Tickets can be reserved and purchased online at or by contacting the PAC Ticket Office at (651) 423-7540 or (651) 683-6969, ext. 37540.

The first part of the school’s winter arts season was a short film festival in January.

Tad Johnson is at [email protected]