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Emily Gjerde sits on top of the mattresses used in the play “Once Upon a Mattress” at the Community Business Expo. She plays the lead, Princess Winifred, in the RFHS and Community Theater production. The play runs Nov. 15-17, 22 and 23. Gjerde said her experience with MTV MADE has helped her learn to be a leading lady.

MTV ‘MADE’ this tomboy into leading lady

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Until last year Emily Gjerde had never walked in high heels. She never wore makeup, and she wore jeans, T-shirts and sweatshirts almost exclusively. 


“People called me Emmett instead of Emily,” Gjerde said.

Then MTV contacted River Falls High School, asking to come to the school to see students. Then Principal Elaine Bauman agreed.

Students were told they could sign up for an interview with the casting director.

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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