Alexandria's theater department has become a regular fixture at the Minnesota high school state one-act play festival, and last week it earned yet another berth in the field.
In the section 8AA final at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, judges awarded Alexandria first place. Little Falls was runnerup and the host school took third place. It was Alexandria's sixth consecutive section win.
The play will be performed at the state festival on Friday, Feb. 7, at 2:15 p.m. in the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University.
For the past three years, AAHS has been awarded the judges' highest ranking at state, the "star" award.
The play Alexandria has chosen to perform this year is Yerma, by Frederico Garcia Lorcam, with a script translated from Spanish by Alexandria Area High School junior Nick Nelson. He also wrote vocal music to underscore the play.
Yerma is the story of a young woman who is desperate to have a child while her husband desires peace and calm in their lives together. Her measures turn more desperate as she becomes alienated from her community, leading her to take surprising action, according to AAHS director Jessica Chipman.
Senior Isabella Greathouse plays the title character in the AAHS version. Senior Georgia Snider plays Maria/Dolores, Nelson is Victor, junior Regan Peterson is Yerma's husband, junior Aubrey Kosters is Dolores' daughter, while freshman Parker Zwach plays the first girl and sophomore Jeryn Drewes is the old woman.
Other cast members include: juniors Hayden Peterson and Noah Capouch, senior Joslyn Swenson and freshman Tai Auran.
Senior Matt Adolphsen is the stage manager. Other MSHSL crew members include: seniors Caitlin Erickson, Sidney Trousil, Bianca Wegner, Hannah Ward and Jordan Rymer, and juniors Ryla Johnson, Grace Schmidt and Aubrey Minnerath. The non-MSHSL crew includes Jacob Tiegen, Ben Borden, Conner Arndt, Grace Faust and Tayler Huber.
Chipman is the costume designer as well as the director, while Jay Chipman is the set designer.