For the fourth consecutive year, Alexandria captured the judges' top honor, the "star" rating, earning the team the Wells Fargo Award of Excellence in the Arts at the state high school one-act play festival.

The festival was held in St. Paul on Friday, Feb. 7, at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine's University.

The play, "Yerma," was called "powerful theater," "excellent ensemble work," and "a feast for the eyes and ears" by the judges.

It is a story of a young woman who wants badly to have a child, while her husband desires peace and calm in their lives together, and how her measures turn more desperate as she becomes alienated from her community, said Jessica Chipman, who served as both director and costume designer. Jay Chipman was the set designer.

The version of the script performed by AAHS was translated from Spanish by junior Nick Nelson, who also wrote vocal music to underscore the play.

Senior Isabella Greathouse played the title character. Other cast members include: seniors Georgia Snider and Joslyn Swenson; juniors Nelson, Regan Peterson, Aubrey Kosters, Hayden Peterson and Noah Capouch; sophomore Jeryn Drewes; and freshmen Parker Zwach and Tai Auran.

Senior Matt Adolphsen was 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. Non-MSHSL crew include Jacob Tiegen, Ben Borden, Conner Arndt, Grace Faust and Tayler Huber.

It was Alexandria's sixth straight appearance at state. The play had already received a first place from the judges at the section 8AA final at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School on Jan. 30, and it also won the subsectional Alexandria hosted on Jan. 23.

Four other AA teams – Apple Valley, Prior Lake, Buffalo and Hill-Murray – also received star ratings at the state festival.