Greek theater at the high school: Alexandria students prepare for one-act play
Alexandria high school students will present their one-act play, based on an ancient Greek tragedy, next Friday, Jan. 25.
This play will take place at the Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m and admission is free.
The play, "Antigone and Ismene," was written by Sophocles in 441 B.C from the original Antigone.
The original version of Antigone is based on a power struggle between a young woman, Antigone, and her uncle Creon, the king of Thebes. Creon sparked a war with his brother Polynices who died battle, and Antigone wishes to give Polynices, who is also her brother through a tangled family tree, a proper burial.
Creon has made it clear that anyone who buries Polynices will be subjected to death. Antigone buries Polynices in spite of her uncle. This act develops into a dangerous power struggle between family loyalty and law.
Jessica Chipman, who is directing the play, said the concept focuses on the relationship between Antigone and her sister, Ismene, who refuses to help her sister bury their brother.
The play will also be used at the subsection competition on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Moorhead High School. If the students are chosen to be among the top three, they will advance to the state championships on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Becker High School.
AAHS has won the 8AA section competition for four straight years and is one of two Class AA schools to earn two consecutive "Star" ratings. Judges star plays they find "exemplary," according to Chipman.
During a rehearsal on Tuesday, cast members practiced their lines and movements to make sure that the play stays under the limit of 35 minutes as required by the Minnesota State High School League.
"I feel confident that our students will be ready for next week," Chipman said.
If you go
WHAT: "Antigone and Ismene"
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m
WHERE: Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center
TICKETS: Admission is free
Antigone: Senior Sydney Christenson
Ismene: Junior Isabella Greathouse
Creon: Senior Adam Klepetka
Other cast members: Senior Colin Barten, juniors Sidney Trousil and Joslyn Kent, and sophomores Regan Peterson, Aubrey Kosters, Nick Nelson and Noah Capouch
Stage manager: Jacob Tiegen
Assistant director: Georgia Snider
Technical director/set designer: Jay Chipman
Lead director/costume designer: Jessica Chipman
Other crew members: Matt Adolphsen, Conner Arndt, Olivia Rice, Caitlin Erickson, Aubrey Minnerath, Ryla Johnson, Grace Schmidt, Kendra Scott, Abigail Sater, Brett Strandskov, Luis Otto, Emma Nelson, Ben Borden, Angelina Caron, Shaelea Karels, Bianca Wegner, Courtney Hodgson, Natalie Larson and Sydney Larson