The New Ulm middle school presents… Saga of the Golden Horseshoe

The New Ulm Middle School cast for Saga of the Golden Horseshoe pose for a photo before a rehearsal last Monday on April, 2, 2018. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and no charge if you have an activity pass. The play will be performed at the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. on April 13 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on April 14.

NEW ULM — Giddy up!

The New Ulm Middle School would like to invite ya’ll to a wisecracking, slapstick western spoof called Saga of the Golden Horseshoe.

The play will be performed at the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. on April 13 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on April 14. The cast is comprised of sixth, seventh and eighth-graders from the middle school.

The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students. If you have an activity pass, there is no expense.

Holly Kaderlik, director of the play and New Ulm Middle School music teacher, said that the play should be a lot of fun for the public to see.

Ma Chowder, played by Siiri Rakowski on left, attempts to wake up a sleeping Buck Teef, played by Jacob Martinka, in a recent rehearsal on April 2, 2018 at New Ulm High School. Come to this silly western spoof for plenty of laughs on April 13 or April 14.

“I would describe this play as very family friendly and fun,” Kaderlik said. “The students are having a wonderful time with the over-the-top comedy and the accents are very fun.”

This will be the third play overall Kaderlik has directed and her second at the middle school.

The play first introduces you to the average american (as he proclaims) Clem Chowder of Skunk County. Chowder finds himself chased by lovesick women, greedy bankers and a sheriff who’s ready to string him up.

Chowder, however, just wants to catch horse thieves and he plans to do so by dressing up two of his co-workers as a horse and the sheriff as a woman. Needless to say, his plan doesn’t turn out the best.

While answering a lot of different questions about his wardrobe, the sheriff has his own horse stolen! The play features a large assortment of oddball characters, and this rowdy farce should have you slapping your knee aplenty.

Clem Chowder, played by London Watson on right, performs during a rehearsal on April 2, 2018 at New Ulm High School while Madam Roseola, played by Neveah Ubl, awaits her line. The cast consists of New Ulm Middle School students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade.

London Watson, who plays the lead role of Clem, said that it’s his second play with the middle school and that he’s excited about the entire experience.

“I’m just excited about everything,” Watson said. “Performing it is just really fun and there’s nothing about this not to be excited about.”

Kaderlik said that she chose this play because it’s easy to enjoy and is very funny. She said she’s still amused by the same jokes she has been exposed to for the last three months because her students bring the show to life.

“The students have risen to the challenge of a style of play that is a bit foreign to them,” Kaderlik said. “I want to say to the community that you will not be sorry for checking out our show. We have amazingly talented students that shine in all aspects of our school. Theatre and drama is just another facet for the students to show there talents.”

Watson added that each character has their own unique aspect.

“It’s a pretty funny story,” Watson said. “The characters are all interesting themselves.”

These students have met every challenge Kaderlik has thrown their way, so make sure to show up and watch these students horse around while entertaining in the process.

Cast List

Clem Chowder – London Watson

Philly Parsnip – Anne Howard

Ma Chowder – Siiri Rakowski

Buck Teef – Jacob Martinka

Madam Roseola – Neveah Ubl

Sheriff Slidell – Braydon Hoffmann

Mary Lou Marmalade – Natalie Yackley

Annie – Karlee Stocker

Midas Overbarril – Graham Wilkins

Susannah – Alex Vigil

Clovis – Faith Siegfried

Purdy – Jade Moellenhoft

Sara – Madison Guggisberg

Sheldon – Tallak Rakowski

Miller – Aiden Bastian

Webb – Jayce Siefert

Polly Wallie – Makenna Hazen

BlackJack Gulch – Vincente Munoz

Mavis – Josie Ringhoffer

Ruthie – Makiah Otto

Marshall Penny – Bryer Hoffman

Pappy Parsnip – Darien Jones