(St. Paul, MN) On Friday, February 7, Alexandria's one act play cast and crew performed at the MSHSL state one act play festival at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine's University in St. Paul. Alexandria's play, Yerma, took home top the judges' top honor, the "star" rating, which also earned them the Wells Fargo Award of Excellence in the Arts. State judges called the play "powerful theater," "excellent ensemble work," and "a feast for the eyes and ears." Also earning star ratings in AA were Apple Valley, Prior Lake, Buffalo, and Hill-Murray.
Yerma, by Federico Garcia Lorca, 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. This version of the script was translated from Spanish by AAHS junior Nick Nelson. Nelson also wrote vocal music to underscore the play.
The title character is played by senior Isabella Greathouse. Also in the cast are senior Georgia Snider as Maria/Dolores, Nick Nelson as Victor, junior Regan Peterson as Yerma's Husband, junior Aubrey Kosters as Dolores's Daughter, freshman Parker Zwach as First Girl, and sophomore Jeryn Drewes as 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, as well as junior crew members Ryla Johnson, Grace Schmidt, and Aubrey Minnerath. Non-MSHSL crew includes Jacob Tiegen, Ben Borden, Conner Arndt, Grace Faust, and Tayler Huber. Jessica Chipman is the director and costume designer. Jay Chipman is the set designer.
This was Alexandria's sixth consecutive state appearance and fourth consecutive "star" award.