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Rugby students make their way to Minneapolis

By Staff | Jun 6, 2014

Long, winding interstates, huge towering buildings, terrible traffic, incredible food and the Mall of America rewarded the weary travelers of a very long bus ride.

On May 29, a group of 40 kids traveled to Minneapolis for the first Rugby High School Fine Arts Trip. Ten seniors, 10 juniors, six sophomores and 14 freshmen made the trip. The group saw multiple shows and performances and visited the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

“I thought the trip went exceptionally well,” Kyle Vareberg, an English teacher at Rugby High School. “The most common comment I heard was how lame they thought it was before we went and how much fun they thought it was after. We took in an amazing array of artistic projects. The students really enjoyed what we saw and did.”

The students enjoyed it so much, that after “The Sister Act” on the first night, some students were Googling the music and singing it on the way back to the hotel.

“It kind of changed my meaning of art, changed my perspective on it,” freshman Anders Johnson said.

After a long bus ride down, the herd of high schoolers stopped at their hotel, ate at Ruby Tuesday’s, and headed downtown for “The Sister Act” at the Orpheum Theater. Afterward, a number of street musicians pounded their drums to the beat as the mass of people strolled to their cars.

The following morning, the party traveled out to the Wooddale Baptist Church in Eden Prairie, Minn., to see the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra play three pieces. Then after stopping for lunch, the group made its way downtown to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. After taking a few pictures, the bunch went back to the hotel to change and traveled to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre for “The Little Mermaid.” A few pictures were taken and the throng drove back to the hotel.

“Going to ‘The Little Mermaid’ was cool,” Johnson said. “I thought it was cool because of the eating and the play was amazing. It was probably the best play I’ve ever seen.”

After quickly packing up and checking out, the group took a four-hour long detour at the Mall of America and prepared for the long and arduous trip home.

For now, future plans have yet to be decided, but Vareberg did mentioned that it would be great if they could say they were for sure going again.

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