Broadway actress and singer from Fargo returns home for Moorhead's 'Rock of Ages'

As students at Moorhead High School get ready to launch the musical, "Rock of Ages," they have enjoyed the luxury of a Broadway show veteran who flew in to help with the show. Fargo South grad, Becca Kotte is on a short break, touring with rock legend Rod Stewart, and so she came home to bring her "Rock of Ages" expertise from the big stage to Moorhead.

Fargo native Becca Kotte is on tour with Rod Stewart. During a break, she is helping Moorhead Theater students with "Rock of Ages, which she performed in over 1,000 times as part of a touring Broadway show.
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MOORHEAD — Becca Kotte, a New York City actress and singer who graduated from Fargo South in 2005, is helping Moorhead High School students prepare for their upcoming show "Rock Ages."

Now part of a Broadway tour "Rock of Ages," Kotte says she has performed the show over 1,000 times.

It is the story of following your dreams, and for Kotte, it hits home.

"The guy and the girl that meet and fall in love, both of them have come from smaller towns in the middle of the country and, you know, not that anyone can relate to that," Becca said with a wink, pointing to herself.

Kotte, while recently touring with Rod Stewart, is reminded of that fact as she returns home to the Fargo-Moorhead area to help the Moorhead students with their own production.


"Being from a small town doesn't limit you in what you can do," Kotte said. "I didn't realize how different this community was until I got older, and I'm still realizing how this is not normal. I did not realize how incredibly lucky we were."

She won't be in town for opening night, however. She will be in London singing with Stewart, but she realizes she has left her mark on these young actors in Moorhead who, like her, still dream big.

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"I have to pinch myself sometimes," Kotte said.

To buy tickets to "Rock of Ages," visit

"Rock of Ages" begins Nov. 11. Because of construction at Moorhead High School, the musical will be at Horizon Performing Arts Center, 3601 12th Ave. S., Moorhead.

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia, Juarez,Mexico and the Middle East. He is an multiple Emmy and national Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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