Alecia Hupperts is one of the two new Marketing Assistant Interns at Trollwood Performing Arts School this summer. She is a Mass Communication major with an emphasis in advertising at Minnesota State University Moorhead and has been working with Janelle Berge this past year on the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota’s Board of Directors. This summer she will be taking on some of the graphic design projects Janelle is leaving behind as Janelle moves to California this June.
There has quite possibly never been anyone that has embodied the Trollwood spirit more than Janelle Berge.
Janelle Berge has been the graphic designer here out at Trollwood for 18 years, but this season will be her last. She is the emotional backbone of the year-long administrative staff, always lending an ear to listen to anyone who needs it. Luckily before she left, Janelle spent a few minutes with me to reminisce about the last 18 years.
“It was a dream come true to work here. It didn’t take long for me to realize this was a family of fun and incredible people”
Janelle started out at a specialty advertising company in Chicago right after college. Later she moved to Minneapolis to work as a “one person art department” for a silk screening company. Her journey at Trollwood began when she moved to Fargo for family and started working at the Moorhead Schools office doing attendance. When word got out about her creative genius, she was hired on at Trollwood as the graphic designer and has been the mastermind behind many of the Second Stage, Mainstage Musical and Totally Trollwood Musical posters and playbills ever since. Janelle explained that the atmosphere at Trollwood is just one of a kind, and I can definitely vouch for that! All the employees from administrative to production are always eager to do what they can to create an amazing show for both the students participating and the FM community attending.
Just to see, I asked Janelle about the biggest obstacle she faced in her 19 years at Trollwood. However, Janelle is far too optimistic and hard working to view anything as a serious obstacle. Janelle explained that “time constraints can prove to be difficult, but we always work together as a team to make sure things get done on time or to help someone out who feels stretched to their limits.”
The other half of the marketing team at Trollwood is Lisa Farnham who is the architect behind all those red tables and chairs at Trollwood events. Janelle and Lisa have worked closely, both figuratively and literally, since the old Trollwood campus. Janelle’s favorite memory is when she and Lisa used to work in the trailer houses at the old park. The trailers weren’t level and their desks were so close that if Janelle didn’t permanently keep her foot hooked on her desk, the chair would roll away with Janelle in it right into Lisa! Janelle also chuckled remembering that the administrative team didn’t even have bathrooms and instead they would have to hike over to the main building. One thing has remained the same in the move to the new park though; Janelle is still the coffee maker.
Lucky for me, that IS a major piece of Janelle’s job that I can fulfill – I’ve got four years of Caribou Coffee under my belt.
Sadly enough, Janelle’s stay at Trollwood has come to an end. She is moving on to the next adventure in California with her husband Steve. What will we do when she leaves? It’s hard to say. The most I can tell you is that I’m picking up where she left off on graphic design projects, but her impact on Trollwood can never be replaced. She will always be a part of the Trollwood family and her posters will hang in Marcil Commons as tribute to her artistic contributions. Thank you for a wonderful 18 years and may the next be even better!