Totally Trollwood Musical2019-07-29T22:56:54+00:00



Totally Trollwood Musical allows middle school students to claim the stage! Gain performance and production skills training as you stage a musical under the guidance of professional educators and artists. During the process you will learn character development, proper vocal technique, dance moves, set construction and so much more! This program welcomes beginning to advanced students.


Dates: July 1-3, 8-August 1, 2019

Orientation:  July 1, 7:00pm at Trollwood Performing Arts School at Bluestem. Required for student and at least one parent/guardian.

Prerequisite: None, everyone is welcome! No auditions to participate. Audition process to assign roles.

Auditions: July 2 & 3, times TBD at Fargo North High School, 801 17th Ave N

Registration Deadline: May 17; students are encouraged to enroll early, program filled on a first come, first served basis.
NOTE: Registration remains open after this deadline, subject to availability, as enrollment is capped. However, a $25 late fee will be assessed.

Location: Fargo North High School

Time: Monday–Thursday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm full cast rehearsals. Fridays, 8:30 am–4:30 pm rehearsals for featured roles and others as scheduled.

Performances: July 30 & 31 at 2:00pm & 7:00pm at Fargo North High School, 801 17th Ave N

Strike & Production Party: August 1, 8:30am-12:00pm at Fargo North High School, 801 17th Ave N

Lunch: Students responsible for bringing their own lunch, snack and beverages daily.

Fee: See Program Fees page here


The Award-winning animated film and stage play comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale.
Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance.  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

(Above excerpted from Music Theatre International)


General Admission Seating: Adults $10; Senior Citizens & Students (w/ID) $8; Children (ages 5-10) $5; Children (ages 4 & under) Free.  A general admission ticket is good for any performance.


Stop in during Box Office hours at the Marcil Commons: 801 50th Ave S, Moorhead, MN.
Call the Trollwood Box Office at (218) 477-6502.


Director, Totally Trollwood Musical

Joan Degerness is currently a Music Specialist in Moorhead, MN and teaches Grades K-4 at Dorothy Dodds Elementary. She has been a music educator for thirty years. Joan was the Artistic Director of the Red River Boy Choir from 1997-2005. She has also been an active church musician and soloist for over twenty years, serving as a worship leader, accompanist and children’s choir director of Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo. Ms. Degerness attended Trollwood Performing Arts School through her junior high and high school years. Her “claim to fame” was playing the part of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1983). She has also served at Trollwood as an administrative assistant, Imagine Children’s Choir Director, Children’s Choir Director for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2008), and an ArtSpark Instructor since the program’s inception in 2004. Joan helped to start the Trollwood Children’s Theatre program in 2012 and serves as the program’s Artistic Director and Stage Director. She has also been the Director for the Totally Trollwood Musical since 2013. Joan holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Public School Music (K-12) from Concordia College, Moorhead, where she graduated with honors. She resides in West Fargo, ND with her husband, Dan. They have three sons, Jordan, Walker and Parker.



A Message from the director:

Thank you, TTM cast members! We were incredibly impressed with your talents and we are very pleased with the cast we have assembled. Remember, even if you didn’t get your “dream role”, you will enjoy the experience of being in the cast and contributing your own unique gifts and talents. Trust that the directors made good decisions to create a wonderful production. Congratulations!

Reminder: Our first rehearsal begins at Fargo North on Monday, July 8 at 8:30am. Remember to bring a hearty lunch, two healthy snacks, water bottle, pencil and notebook. Tip: Also bring a light jacket (or dress in layers), in case you get cold from the air conditioning!

Beauty and the Beast Jr. Cast List

Chelsea Anderson                               Silly Girl/Napkin

Erika Blanchard                                  Villager/Napkin

Jenna Blanchette                                Villager/Sugar Bowl

Zoe Booth                                             Narrator 1

Kayla Brachman                                 Villager/Knife

Annika Carlson                                   Lumiere

Taylor Christians                                Villager/Measuring Spoon

Ava Christopherson                           Villager/Spoon

Drew Cohen                                         Villager/Plate

Eleanor Culloton                                 Mrs. Potts

Isaiah Damico                                      Maurice

Ben Davies                                            Beast

Alexis Dockter                                      Villager/Napkin

Jaida Doucette                                     Villager/Fork

Alexis Eilertson                                    Villager/Butter Dish

Gracie Eilertson                                   Villager/Knife

Aunika Elness                                       Villager/Spoon

Jeremiah Elness                                   Villager/Spoon

Gabrielle Engebretson                         Wolf/Statue

Kaitlyn Foote                                        Villager/Fork

Ava Fowler                                             Silly Girl/Knife

Kennedy Froehlich                               Charmer/Villager/Fork

Kyle Froehlich                                       Gaston

Catherine Graftass                               Villager/Spoon

Ava Grams                                             Silly Girl/Napkin

Alley Grommesh                                  Villager/Vase

Madelyn Grothman                             Madame de la Grande Bouche

Katy Hallman                                       Villager/Corkscrew

Reese Hansen                                       Narrator 2

Ella Hanson                                          Villager/Napkin

Montana Hinnenkamp                       Villager/Pitcher

Tyler Hoverson                                    Cogsworth

Roman Indrehus                                  Chip

Eleanor Iversen                                    Charmer/Villager/Knife

Ella Jacobson                                       Enchantress/Villager/Fork

Kaitlyn Johnson                                   Villager/Knife

Nora Jones                                            LeFou

Sophia Keller                                        Villager/Knife

Kaylee Kern                                          Villager/Napkin

Ava Kilgore                                           Villager/Whisk

Charleigh Kilgore                                 Villager/Broom

Kensey Knight                                      Belle

Vivienne Kohlman                              Villager/Chandelier

Mattie Korsmo                                     Villager/Pepper Shaker

Seth LaMont                                         Villager/Spatula/Beast Fight Double

Maverick Malmgren                            Monsieur D’Arque

Hannah Martens                                  Narrator 3

Alicia McIntyre                                     Charmer/Villager/Fork

Noah Meline                                          Baker/Rug

Cora Melland                                         Bookseller/Knife

Morgan Mielke                                      Villager/Cheese Grater

Allison Mouche                                     Villager/Plate

Amandine Mouche                               Babette

Elizabeth Murchie                                Villager/Fork

Liam Newman                                      Villager/Spoon

Soffi Olson                                             Villager/Fork

Anna Quick                                            Villager/Fork

Isabella Rausch                                     Villager/Plate

Kenzie Richardson                                Wolf/Statue

Kelden Rick                                            Silly Girl/Napkin

Danika Schlichting                                Charmer/Villager/Napkin

Amy Schramm                                       Villager/Spoon

Susannah Schwantes                             Villager/Plate

Eden Selvig                                              Villager/Spoon

Ryleigh Skaurud                                     Villager/Chandelier

Mara Smith                                              Villager/Chandelier

Tristan Sundet                                         Villager/Spoon

Mia Sunram                                             Villager/Salt Shaker

Emma Swanson                                      Silly Girl/Knife

Eleanor Tuel                                             Wolf/Statue

Kamryn Tweiten                                      Wolf/Statue

Ella Vanlaningham                                  Villager/Chandelier

Karli VanVleet                                          Narrator 4


Thank you, Totally Trollwood Cast Members, for your great work at auditions today! The following students are asked to come to Callbacks on Wednesday, July 3 from 9:00-11:30am at Fargo North High School. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to check in. 

The Cast List will be posted on Friday morning. 


Chelsea Anderson

Zoe Booth

Annika Carlson

Eleanor Culloton

Isaiah Damico

Ben Davies

Ava Fowler

Kennedy Froelich

Kyle Froelich

Ava Grams

Maddy Grothmann

Reese Hansen

Tyler Hoverson

Roman Indrehus

Eleanor Iverson

Ella Jacobson

Nora Jones

Charleigh Kilgore

Kensey Knight

Seth LaMont

Maverick Malmgren

Hannah Martens

Alicia McIntyre

Noah Meline

Cora Melland

Amandine Mouche

Kelden Rick

Danika Schlichting

Emma Swanson

Karli VanVleet


The Totally Trollwood Musical offers cross-curricular arts education and training to middle school students.  It also provides valuable performance experience and unique, differentiated instruction tailored to the needs of every student.  The multiple curricular areas and applicable standards and benchmarks are listed below.  Not all standards and benchmarks are addressed in every opportunity, but a significant number of standards and benchmarks within multiple disciplines are represented.


Standard 1: Singing
Students sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

6-8.1.1. Sing accurately and with good breath control throughout their singing ranges, alone and in small and large groups.
6-8.1.2. Sing with expression and technical accuracy a varied repertoire of vocal literature.
6-8.1.3. Sing music representing diverse genres and cultures.
6-8.1.4. Sing music written in two and three parts.

Standard 2: Instrumental Performance
Students perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

*This standard is not applicable in Totally Trollwood Musical.

Standard 3: Improvisation
Students improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

*This standard is not applicable in Totally Trollwood Musical.

Standard 4: Composition
Students compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.

*This standard is not applicable in Totally Trollwood Musical.

Standard 5: Reading Music
Students read and notate music.

6-8.5.1. Read complex rhythms in simple and compound meters.
6-8.5.2. Sight-read simple melodies in both the treble and bass clefs.
6-8.5.3. Know standard notation symbols.

Standard 6: Listening
Students listen to, analyze, and describe music.

6-8.6.1. Understand appropriate terminology to describe specific music events.

Standard 7: Evaluating Music
Students evaluate music and music performances.

6-8.7.1. Know how to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of music and music performances.
6-8.7.2. Know how to apply specific criteria when offering constructive suggestions for improving the performance of self and others.

Standard 8: Music and Other Disciplines
Students understand the relationship between music, the other arts, and other disciplines.

6-8.8.1. Know how relationships expressed through music can be expressed differently through other art forms.
6-8.8.2. Know how principles and concepts of other disciplines are related to those of music.

Standard 9: Music, History, and Culture
Students understand music in relation to history and culture.

6-8.9.3. Know the functions of music, the roles of musicians, and the conditions of performance in several cultures of the world.


Standard 2: Acting
Students will engage in fundamental acting skills.

6-8.2.1.Know resource elements that help to create character motivations.
6-8.2.2. Develop a character’s behavior through a combination of movement, vocal pitch, and tone.
6-8.2.3. Interact in an ensemble.

Standard 3: Production
Students use fundamental production skills.

6-8.3.1. Know the technical elements of a scene or play.
6-8.3.2. Know publicity and house management duties.

Standard 4: Cultural Context of Drama
Students will understand the drama’s role in cultural and human experiences.

6-8.4.1. Know the historical, social, and cultural factors that influence theatre.
6-8.4.2. Know aspects of dramatic genres from a variety of cultures.

Standard 5: Consumer of Theatre
Students will understand how to be knowledgeable consumers of theatre.

6-8.5.1. Use appropriate audience behaviors.
6-8.5.2. Prepare for selected theatrical events.
6-8.5.3. Use knowledge of production elements to respond to a theatrical event.

Standard 6: Drama and Human Development
Students understand the role of theatre in human development.

6-8.6.1. Use drama to develop creative thinking skills.
6-8.6.2. Use drama to develop critical thinking skills.
6-8.6.3. Use drama to develop social skills.

Standard 7: Drama and Other Disciplines
Students understand the connections between drama and other disciplines.

6-8.7.1. Know the relationship of the other fine arts to drama.
6-8.7.2. Know how concepts expressed through drama can be expressed differently through other art disciplines.
6-8.7.3. Know the relationship of other disciplines outside of the arts to drama.


Standard 1: Movement Skills
Students understand the role of movement elements and skills in dance.

6-8.1.1. Understand the characteristics of various dance movements and the underlying principles common to all movement.
6-8.1.2. Know basic dance steps, body positions, and spatial patterns for dances from various styles or traditions.
6-8.1.3. Understand the process of transferring a spatial pattern from the visual to the kinesthetic.
6-8.1.4. Understand the process of transferring a rhythmic pattern from auditory to kinesthetic.
6-8.1.5. Know a range of dynamics/movement qualities.
6-8.1.6. Use kinesthetic awareness, concentration, and focus in performing movement skills.
6-8.1.7. Use dance vocabulary to describe the action and movement elements in a dance.

Standard 2: Choreography
Students understand choreographic principles, processes, and structures.

6-8.2.1. Understand the relationship of principles of creative design to dance.
6-8.2.2. Understand the significance of the processes of reordering and chance.
6-8.2.3. Understand the importance of dance structures or forms.
6-8.2.4. Understand the importance of working cooperatively in a small group during the choreographic process.
6-8.2.5. Know partner dance skills.
6-8.2.6. Know performance etiquette and stage terms.

Standard 3: Dance and Meaning
Students understand dance as a way to create and communicate meaning.

6-8.3.1. Understand the difference between pantomiming and miming.
6-8.3.2. Understand how different accompaniments can affect the meaning of dance.
6-8.3.3. Communicate feelings, ideas, and needs through dance.

Standard 4: Dance and Thinking Skills
Students apply critical and creative thinking skills in dance.

6-8.4.1. Solve movement problems.
6-8.4.2. Know the critical elements that contribute to a dance in terms of space, time, and force.
6-8.4.3. Know the possible aesthetic criteria for evaluating dance.

Standard 5: Dance, History, and Culture
Students understand the historical development of dance and its relationship to various cultures.

6-8.5.4. Know the appropriate audience response to dance performances.

Standard 7: Dance and Other Disciplines
Students understand the difference between dance and other disciplines.

6-8.7.1. Know how various dance concepts and principles relate to other disciplines.
6-8.7.2. Know the aesthetic impact of performance.