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West Fargo students involved with the summer Trollwood production include: Back row, Randy Taylor, Chris Taylor, Walker Degerness, Jordan Degerness, and Sonja Swanson; front , Natalie Shea.

WF students part of popular Trollwood musical Happy in starring, supporting roles

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If you haven't had the privilege of taking in the Trollwood Performing Arts School production of "Legally Blonde The Musical" you still have the opportunity to do with performances continuing through this week, July 24-28 at 8:30 p.m. each evening in the Imagine Theater at Bluestem Center for the Arts, Moorhead.


Those attending can expect an evening of high-energy fun.

Making 'being there' even more enticing is the West Fargo involvement dotting the landscape with several students sharing their musical, acting and technical abilities in starring, orchestral, and behind-the-scene technical roles.

West Fargo High School music director Sue Jordahl is also a key player, on board as an employee at Trollwood during the summer months, and playing keyboard for the pit orchestra during the show.

She is proud of the West Fargo-Trollwood alliance and shares a special connection with many of the cast mates she is already familiar with having had the opportunity to mentor as members of her music classes during the regular school year.

Walker Degerness, stars in the lead role of Emmett Forrest, a lawyer, who is the object of affection of the main character Elle Woods. His brother, Jordan Degerness, is Elle's father and the judge. Other cast members include: Chris Taylor, Nikos, a lead dancer; Sonja Swanson, a Delta Nu Sorority Sister; and Natalie Shea, as Kate. Members of the orchestra are: Kayla Haaland, bass guitar; Amanda Gross, trombone; and Taylor Jore and Danielle Haekenkamp, saxophone; while Randy Taylor serves as a technician on the lighting crew. All are backed up by their own supporting cast of what Jordahl describes "as pretty active parents" that make up the crowd nightly.

Jordahl said the interaction throughout the rehearsals and actual performances has been a wonderful learning experience with the students all thrilled to be a part of it, handling their duties with the utmost professionalism.

"Legally Blonde" marks the seventh year of involvement for Jordan Degerness, a recent West Fargo High graduate, who Jordahl praises as "an extremely intelligent and dedicated theatre student, both at WFHS and Trollwood."

Jordan said he has enjoyed his time with the group adding that the big pay-off is the great friendships that have evolved.

"The real hook of Trollwood, I think, is the more you get involved with it, the more lasting friendships you make. That's what keeps people coming back. This is certainly true for me, as I've done it for seven years and never stopped developing new friendships."

Kayla Haaland agrees. "My favorite part of being in Trollwood is I get to meet so many nice people, make a lot of friends, and improve on my music abilities as well."

Ditto for Sonja Swanson. "Legally Blonde has been a musical I've dreamed about doing since the seventh grade. I'm so happy and thankful to be dancing and singing on stage in one of my favorite musicals. Though it's been a challenging show, it's been a great learning experience and a fun opportunity to grow as a performer."

Tickets for the remaining performances are available online at or by calling the box office at 218-477-6502.


Members of the Legally Blonde orchestra include: Back, Taylor Jore; middle, Kayla Haaland, and Danielle Haekenkamp; and front, Amanda Gross.

West Fargo students involved with the summer Trollwood production include: Back row, Randy Taylor, Chris Taylor, Walker Degerness, Jordan Degerness, and Sonja Swanson; front , Natalie Shea.