Alexandria Area High School one act play takes top honor at state
It was one of three schools that starred at state, which is the highest honor it could receive.
ALEXANDRIA — The Alexandria Area High School one act play cast and crew earned the Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence at the Minnesota State High School League State One Act Play Festival. The event took place Thursday, Feb. 9, at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium on St. Catherine's University campus in St. Paul.
Alexandria Area High School was one of three schools that starred at State One Act Play. This is the highest honor it can receive.
“I was so proud of our one act play students for delivering their best work with such heart and trust in one another at the state festival,” said Jessica Chipman, AAHA theater director.
The cast and crew of “The Lovely Bones,” the play that was performed, were also named section champions on Thursday, Feb. 2.
The AAHS play, “The Lovely Bones,” is by Bryony Lavery. After her murder, a young girl watches from heaven as her family grapples with her death and she comes to terms with the afterlife.
The production featured senior Sydnee Byrne as Susie Salmon; senior Parker Zwach as Abigail Salmon; junior Zach Fredireksen as Jack Salmon; junior Leah Zenner as Lindsey Salmon; and junior Breck Hocum as Harvey.
Rounding out the cast were senior Tai Auran as Holiday/Samuel; senior Brynn Kosters as Ruth; freshman Adison Newman as Fenerman; junior Olivia Reilly as Franny; freshman Gavyn Schmidt as Buckley/Principal; and senior Brayden Steidl as Cop.
Sailor Peterson was the stage manager and Ava Reddington was the assistant stage manager. Technicians included Lauren Fiecke, Hayden Underwood, Naneisha Vargas, Teddy Tonkin, Grace Shurson, Josie Hochsprung and Ana Risnes. Rachel Morrison was the costume designer and Jay Chipman was the set designer.
This is the ninth consecutive state festival appearance and seventh consecutive star rating for AAHS one act play.
“This is one of the most dedicated teams I have had the joy of working with, and I have had the good fortune of working with many excellent groups,” said Jessica Chipman. “In particular, the leadership of our seniors and their standards set the tone for our season. I am going to miss them and have such gratitude for them and their commitment to one another.”