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East Central Schools
61085 State Hwy 23
Finlayson, MN  55735
Fax: 320.245.5453


East Central Schools ISD #2580

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Fall Musical Announced

ALL SHOOK UP has been selected for East Central School and surrounding communities' fall musical production.  Inspired by and featuring more than 20 hits of Elvis Presley, it's 1955!  Into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing young man who "shakes up" everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that'll have audiences "jumpin' out of their blue suede shoes" with such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," "Don't Be Cruel," "One Night with You," "Hound Dog," "Teddy Bear," "Love Me Tender," "Can't Help Falling in Love," "Devil in Disguise," "Burning Love," etc.

Although this classic musical production features the rockin' music of Elvis, it is not his story.  The plot is loosely based on Shakespeare's hilarious comedy TWELFTH NIGHT.  The production will be presented November 16-19. Audtions will be held on Tuesday, September 5th, from 4-8 PM and Wednesday, September 6th, from 4-6:30 PM.

Everyone from seventh grade to 100 years old, from the surrounding area, is eligible and encouraged to audition for ALL SHOOK UP.  One of the many strengths of the show, besides the fabulous music, is the cast requirements.  There is a wide array of wonderful character types for both students and adults--a gas station owner, a female grease monkey, a roustabout, owner of a honky-tonk and her daughter, a nerd, a museum curator, a female mayor and her son, a bus driver, a sheriff, prisoners, a warden, teen and adult townsfolk, singing/dancing statues, angelettes, devilettes, bar flies, shoe shop customers, etc.

There are numerous opportunities for talented actors, singers, dancers, and musicians.  In addition to stage performers, the production will require orchestra members, scenery builders and painters, costumers, special effects designers and technicians, etc.

ALL SHOOK UP is a toe-tapping musical filled with laughter, excitement, and dancing.  The directors are pleased to announce that once again we are fortunate that professional choreographer Gary Sassenberg will choreograph the production.  Look forward to creative and amazing dancing.

ALL SHOOK UP is directed by Kathy Ebnet, with vocal direction by Jamie Stone and instrumental direction by Dan Kolker.  For more information contact Kathy Ebnet at 320-630-3657 or Jamie Stone at 651-295-4594.  Spread the word!  Come join the fun!  "C'mon Everybody" don't miss out on being a part of this rockin' entertainment.

Upcoming Events

School Board Meeting - August 21
Marching Band in Askov - August 26
Marching Band at MN State Fair - August 28
Teacher Workshop - August 29 - 31
Open House - August 31

First Day of School - September 5
Community Musical Auditions - September 5
Community Musical Auditions - September 6
School Board Meeting - September 18
Homecoming Week - September 25-28
 - Monday: Hippie Day
 - Tuesday: Space Day
 - Wednesday: Generation's Day
 - Thursday: School Spirit Day
Teacher Workshop (No School) - September 29
School Board Meeting - October 16
Education MN Conference (No School) - October 19 & 20
End of 1st Quarter - November 3
Parent Teacher Conferences - November 6
Parent Teacher Conferences - November 9
No School - November 10
School Board Meeting - November 13
Thanksgiving Break (No School) - November 23 & 24
School Board Meeting - December 18
Marching Band Places 2nd in Chicago

The East Central / Willow River Marching Band marched in Chicago on July 1, 2017, at the 100th Annual International Lion’s Convention Parade of Nations. At this international competition in Chicago,  they placed second out of 23 marching bands!! They beat several All-State marching bands from Michigan, Tennessee, Kansas, Illinois and more. The members of the marching band would like to thank all the local and Minnesota Lion’s clubs who supported their trip.  This year, the band is marching with a Japan flag. While in Chicago, they marched with 2,000 Japanese Lion’s Club members and then went back to march with the Minnesota Lion’s Club members.

The marching band is directed by Mr. Dan Kolker from East Central and Mr. Dylan Fuglestad from Willow River. This year’s drum majors are Steven Gordon, Evan Nelson, Dayne Nelson and Beth Groskreutz.

The marching band participates in the following local parades: Hinckley Corn & Clover Festival, Willow River Days, Sandstone Quarry Days and Askov Rutabaga Days. They also march in the Minneapolis Aquatennial Torchlight parade and they compete at the Minnesota State Fair.

In the past, the band has marched at Washington DC, The Alamo, Mount Rushmore, Disneyland, Universal Studios and many more. Next spring, the band will be travelling to the Bahamas.
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