FOX 9 News Promo

On February 11th, I appeared with other members of Costumers for a Cause on FOX 9 News to promote the Costumers for a Cause Launch Party on Saturday, February 17th. It was my first time on television, and it was really fun! I didn’t have to speak, which is good. I also debuted my Kylo Ren costume, which was cool.

Here is the video of our promo:

This shot made me crack up when I watched it. I look so depressed!


And here are a bunch of photos! These were taken by Kelly Rietow.


During the broadcast with news anchor Leah Beno! Costumers: James Konicki, Erich Schwab, Kris Heding, Afton Kielsa, Rick Rietow, and Jonathan Palmer.


Another shot during the broadcast. Costumers: James Konicki, Erich Schwab, Kris Heding, Afton Kielsa, Rick Rietow, Jonathan Palmer, and Isabella Taylor.

Green Screen fun!


With news anchor Leah Beno and meteorologist Cody Matz. Costumers: Kris Heding, Afton Kielsa, Isabella Taylor, Erich Schwab, James Konicki, Jonathan Palmer, and Rick Rietow.

“In other news, I still have daddy issues.”


Uh, just forward the repair bills to the First Order. Hux will take care of it.



Star Wars: The Last Jedi Premiere

The week of the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was nuts (in a good way). I did four troops between two theaters in three days. Whew!

Thursday, December 14th: Plymouth Grand 15

I love doing events at this theater – the employees are all so incredibly nice! I went as Poe, and brought my BB-8 Hero Droid with me to see how he’d do at events. He was unruly (in true sassy droid fashion) but people seemed to like him.


Costumers: Lindsey Rae, Dylan Scherer, Jeff Allen, Kris Heding, Anna Sawyer, and Jeffrey Knotz.

There was a local reporter there interviewing us and some of the theater staff. Here’s the video clip:

After the troop, we watched the movie and I had ALL OF THE FEELINGS. As you’d expect.

Friday, December 15th: Plymouth Grand 15

We had a huge group for this one, and it was awesome! We had a ton of fun, took some silly photos, and had a great time. (All photos below were taken by Madeline Anderson, and a couple were taken with my phone.)


Costumers: Brian Nguyen, Meg Lehman, Erich Schwab, Eve Zabronsky, Phil Glover, Steve Fuchs, Madeline Anderson, Erich Ludwig, Trevor Bailey, Kris Heding, Mike Giralico, Sara Rae, Jordan West, and Pari Elizabeth.

First Order Colonel and General Hux take a much-needed break to indulge in tasty ICEEs. Unfortunately, Hux got a huge brain freeze. (Costumers: Sara Rae and Kris Heding.)

Join the First Order! We have droids (and we try to steal some from the Resistance.) (Costumers: Jordan West, Kris Heding, and Sara Rae.)


Taking advantage of the lineup of Stormtrooper balloons. (Costumers: Kris Heding and Sara Rae.)

Saturday, December 16th: AMC Southdale

The Boy Scouts of America rented theaters in four locations throughout the Twin Cities on Saturday morning, and a handful of people trooped at each location. We got to see the movie with them after our troop, too.

I brought BB-8 along again, and he was much better behaved than he was on Thursday.


Costumers: Amanda Fineran, Matthew Bastyr, Amber Rae, Erich Schwab, and Kris Heding.

Saturday, December 16th: Plymouth Grand 15

Second troop of the day! I switched to General Hux and we had another great turnout for our troop.


Costumers: Mark Fisher, Jordan West, Henry Fisher, Kris Heding, Katherine Hickman, Amanda Fineran, Nick Hickman, Madeline Anderson, Aaron Weiss, Diana Patraw, and Leonard Patraw.


Rebel scum. (Photo by Katherine Hickman. Costumers: Kris Heding, Nick Hickman, and Amanda Fineran.)


Very funny. (Photo by Katherine Hickman. Costumers: Kris Heding, Nick Hickman, and Amanda Fineran.)


Aaaugh! (Photo by Katherine Hickman. Costumers: Kris Heding, Amanda Fineran, and Nick Hickman.)


General Hux and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. (Photo by Katherine Hickman. Costumers: Jordan West, Kris Heding, and Nick Hickman.)

Star Wars Holiday Special @ Bryant Lake Bowl 2017

This event marked my one-year anniversary of trooping with the Minnesota Force!

Every year, the Bryant Lake Bowl shows the Star Wars Holiday Special. There were three showings, and I was there for all three. We had a great turnout this year!

I know there will be more photos trickling in over the next few days, but here are some of the initial photos.

SWHS - Anna Sawyer 2

I’m pretty sure there’s a Like Skywalker/General Hux dance party happening. Costumers: Rick Rietow, Kris Heding, Henry Fisher, Mark Fisher, Mike Giralico, Phil Glover, and Madeline Anderson. Photo by Anna Sawyer.

SWHS - Anna Sawyer

Costumers: Rick Rietow, Amanda Fineran, Anna Sawyer, August O’Meara, Madeline Anderson, Mike Giralico, Jordan West, Sara Rae, Kris Heding, and Sarah Grap. Photo by Anna Sawyer.

SWHS - Kelly Knowles

Costumers: Amanda Fineran, Rick Rietow, Anna Sawyer, August O’Meara, Madeline Anderson, Mike Giralico, Jordan West, Sara Rae, and Kris Heding. Photo by Kelly Knowles.

SWHS - Chris Grap

Costumers: Todd Murray, Madeline Anderson, Sara Rae, Larry Spychalla Jr., Jordan West, Jeff Allen, Tatiana Allen, Sarah Grap, Amanda Fineran, Kris Heding, and Erich Schwab. Photo by Sara Rae.


Grumpy trio. Costumers: Paul Haga and Kris Heding.


I don’t care, he’ll always be BB-H8 to me.


Fabulously contemplating blowing up another planetary system. Photo by Sara Rae.


Evil, but fabulous. Photo by Sara Rae.

Minnesota Men’s Roller Derby Star Wars Night

We attended the Minnesota Men’s Roller Derby Star Wars night on December 2nd, and it was awesome! It was my first roller derby bout, and it was super fun to watch.

A young Padawan takes on Kylo Ren. (Photos by Joe Clerkin)


Costumers: Alex Hall, Anna Sawyer, Madeline Anderson, Nick Hickman, Katherine Hickman, Kris Heding, Jordan West, and Adam Matson. Photo by Joe Clerkin.


Photo by Joe Clerkin.

MN Adopt – Circus of the Heart

The Minnesota Force appeared at a private charity event this afternoon called Circus of the Heart to celebrate adoption from foster care. They had a bunch of fun things for the kids to do, and it was fun to interact with them!


Costumers, from left to right: Eve Zabronsky, Kris Heding, James Douthitt, Phil Glover, Molly Fineran, Amanda Fineran, Madeline Anderson, and Jordan West.

I got to drive around Madeline’s MSE droid, which was SUPER fun! The kids loved it, and I had a blast having the droid roll around. Eventually I’ll build one of my own, but that might be a winter project.

They had a petting zoo outside, and I absolutely love farm animals so I made friends with this adorable ginger cow. BOOP.

This was also my first event with my new sideburns. They seemed to work pretty well!


Afterward, I went with Amanda (friend and fellow trooper) to her brother Ryan’s house (who runs Ryan’s Reptile Outpost) and met so many geckos and ball pythons, but also got to hold a little fox snake and pet a tegu! This ball python was such a little (okay, BIG) cuddlebug, though. It was a day of meeting a ton of animal friends, and I couldn’t be happier.

HopeKids Festival


On September 10th, we attended the HopeKids Festival, which is a giant event for families with children who have cancer or other life-threatening diseases. They had all sorts of fun things for the kids to do, and it was wonderful seeing them having such a great time!

The event was held at TCF Bank Stadium, which I had never been to before. (We sure have a lot of fancy new stadiums in Minnesota, and it seems like it takes me a while to see them in person…)

All photos in this post were taken by Alex Hall!


Costumers: Jonathan Butler, Steve Fuchs, Kris Heding, Phil Glover, Coley Lind, and James Douthitt. Steve Carter is lurking in the background as a Stormtrooper.


Costumers: Kris Heding and James Douthitt.


Costumers: Jonathan Butler, Jennifer Schubert, Kris Heding, Phil Glover, Coley Lind, and James Douthitt.


Costumers: Kris Heding, James Douthitt, and Steve Carter.


Costumers: Kris Heding and Jonathan Butler.


Costumers: Coley Lind, Phil Glover, Steve Fuchs, Alex Hall, Robert Schubert, Steve Carter, Kris Heding, Jennifer Schubert, Jonathan Butler, and James Douthitt.