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October 19, 2017 The LedgerOctober 19, 2017 The Ledger

MHS To Present Spring Melodrama

Posted 5/11/2017

THE villain (far right), played by Bayard Bell-Martinez, threaten the heroine, played by Jessica Ullom-Minnich, with poison as townspeople gasp – from left to right, Rebeca Samuelson, Giorgia Panella and Allison Jasso – in a scene from the Moundridge High School melodrama “The Pony Expresso or The Villain Came to a Grinding Halt!” The melodrama will be presented at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at the MHS Auditorium.THE villain (far right), played by Bayard Bell-Martinez, threaten the heroine, played by Jessica Ullom-Minnich, with poison as townspeople gasp – from left to right, Rebeca Samuelson, Giorgia Panella and Allison Jasso – in a scene from the Moundridge High School melodrama “The Pony Expresso or The Villain Came to a Grinding Halt!” The melodrama will be presented at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at the MHS Auditorium.

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – While she will play the heroine in the Moundridge High School melodrama “The Pony Expresso or The Villain Came to a Grinding Halt,” junior Jessica Ullom-Minnich is not a “damsel type of person.”

“She’s very much the type of girl who is laid back and likes the men in the melodrama to take care of her,” Ullom-Minnich said.

The melodrama will be presented at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at the MHS Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for pre-show refreshments –coffee and cookies – and other festivities.

“It’s family oriented,” Director Tammy Unruh said. “It’s funny.”

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for students and they will be sold at the door.

Proceeds from the show benefit the MHS debate and forensics programs.

Unruh said cast members in costume will welcome audience members. She noted there would be an area for audience members to take a selfie with a cast member.

This is the second year for MHS to perform a melodrama.

“We don’t have a spring drama,” Unruh said. “It’s a chance for students who like to act to do it.”

Senior Cameron Clark will play the hero, Buck Brawn, and senior Bayard Bell-Martinez will be the villain, Mo Cabana. There are 14 cast members in the show.

Ullom-Minnich said she was able to makes some changes to her character.

“She stands up more for herself and shows a little bit of a backbone,” Ullom-Minnich said. “She gives as much as she gets.”

Ullom-Minnich said Unruh is allowing the students to ad lib with their lines during the play.

“I feel comfortable with them being able to improvise and get back to the story line,” Unruh said.

She added Ullom-Minnich and Bell-Martinez have shown the ability to think on their feet with their work in debate and forensics.

In the show, The Pony Expresso is an Old West coffee shop run by Star Bright (Ullom-Minnich) and Aunt Dee Caff, but the business is struggling. The scheming Mo Cabana and henchwoman Fifi Latte, played by Olivia Green, are selling their coffee at a lower price.

However, customers are falling to an unexplained fainting disease.

The story comes to a boil when Mo and Fifi find out Star and Dee might become rich. The railroad is planning to make The Pony Expresso the new train station. Mo and Fifi devise a plan to change things.

Unruh noted Bell-Martinez played the villain in last year’s melodrama.

“I enjoyed it immensely,” Bell-Martinez said. “The hard part for me is getting the evil laugh right.”

Bell-Martinez said his character does not have an elaborate evil scheme in this show.

Unruh said students were planning a couple of musical performances that will take place between the melodrama’s acts. Unruh said she would like to develop a talent show-type of event to take place between acts.

The students started practicing for the melodrama after spring break. Practices have been four days a week.

Allison Jasso said the melodrama has given the students a change to do something different.

“It’s a chance to see people in a different setting,” Jasso said. “We’re getting to see a different side of them.”

 

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Addis Speaks On Importance Of Character

Posted 5/11/2017

By Randy FoggANDY Addis spoke on the “4 C’s: The DNA of Good Business” Friday, May 5, at the Inman Community Building. The Inman Leadership Grant Board sponsored Addis’ appearance as part of the regular Inman Chamber of Commerce meeting. Addis also talked about leadership to students in the Inman School District.ANDY Addis spoke on the “4 C’s: The DNA of Good Business” Friday, May 5, at the Inman Community Building. The Inman Leadership Grant Board sponsored Addis’ appearance as part of the regular Inman Chamber of Commerce meeting. Addis also talked about leadership to students in the Inman School District.

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Motivational speaker Andy Addis said character was something “either you have it or you don’t” as part of his presentation Friday, May 5, at the Inman Community Building.

The Inman Leadership Board sponsored Addis’ appearance as part of the regular Inman Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Addis, pastor at CrossPoint Church in Hutchinson, said a business’s standard hiring practices should include the three C’s – competency, chemistry and character.

“We all have employees we want to change,” Addis said. “We have family members we want to change.”

Addis noted when he was attending seminary school the “meanest woman” worked in the school’s administrative office and assisted students in registering for classes.

Addis decided to take a different approach with the woman to see if he could help to change her.

“I was going to be the nicest person she had ever met,” Addis said.

On the day he was supposed to register, he was the first person at the administrative office. He told the woman he was ready to register for his classes.

The woman replied she could not register him.

Addis said he had the card showing it was his time to register. The woman repeated herself that she could not help him.

Addis looked closer at the card he received and noticed the small print that said students were to register by telephone.

He took out his cell phone and called the office to register.

“Character is being able to evolve,” Addis said. “Character is the sum total of other factors in your life and practice.”

He noted character involved three areas – courtesy, common sense and caring.

“Courtesy has to be learned and taught,” Addis said. “Courtesy is something you chose to do.”

He described common sense as a way for people to know the difference between right and wrong.

“This takes some training as well,” Addis said.

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Arts Council Asks For More Lighting Near Building

Posted 5/11/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – Lory Fisher and Rosemary Fisher, representing the Moundridge Arts Council (MAC), asked the Moundridge City Council about improving the outside lighting at the arts council building, located at 118 S. Randall.

The women spoke during the public comment time during the regular council meeting Monday, April 1, at the city office.

Lory Fisher, president of the MAC, expressed concerned about the street lighting for the building since the group was planning nighttime activities.

She noted a large tree at the front of the building blocked most of the light from the pole at Hirschler and Randall.

“We are providing a service for the community,” Lory Fisher said. “It will benefit the city.”

The women suggested the city place a light on the pole located on the west side of Randall Street. The pole is located midway through the block.

Rosemary Fisher, secretary for the MAC Board of Directors, said improved lighting could help walkers in the community. She noted many residents have walked in the street instead of using the sidewalk.

Council members agreed with the need for another street light in the area.

“I’m OK with it,” Councilman Jeremy Moore said.

Council members unanimously approved a motion to direct city workers to install a light on the pole on the west side of Randall.

Council members took action on several other issues:

• City Administrator Randy Frazer asked the council to approve an agreement with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) to provide building inspection services for the city.

He said the City of Sedgwick notified Moundridge they would be dropping the building inspection program it shared with Moundridge and five or six other cities beginning June 1.

Frazer said the City of Lindsborg recently contracted with IBTS, which is endorsed by the League of Kansas Municipalities.

He noted the cities he has visited with were happy with the services IBTS has provided.

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