ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – Apple Valley and Eagan high schools are two of only eight Class AA high schools that qualified to perform at the state One-Act Play Festival Friday, Feb. 8 at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul. Eagan will perform at 11:45 a.m. and Apple Valley will perform at 4 p.m.
Apple Valley will be making its 12th trip to the state festival and third in the last five years. Eagan will be making its 21st appearance at the state festival, the most of any school in the state.
Apple Valley won the Section 1AA competition with its performance of “The Burn,” a play by Philip Dawkins that explores what happens to a teacher and his students when a classroom conflict turns into an online witch-hunt. The play is directed by Josh Campbell and Sophie Peyton, and technical directors are Roger Skophammer and Bryan Kuzma. Members of the cast are Gabriel Peña, Taylor Gibson, Maya Ricard, Amanda Jacksonand Daniel Koeller. The stage manager is Emma Barnumand members of the crew are Alexander Turnquist, Braden Kowalski, Sofia Perez, Brandon Halverson, Hermann Edward Kauls, Erin Sole, Jacob Hartman, Cassandra Main, Ashley Koeller, Alek Thomas and Dillon Kuzma.
Eagan won the Section 3AA competition with its performance of “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen. The play is a tale of friendship, loss and acceptance centered on Agnes, a young woman grieving the death of her sister, who Agnes discovers was a passionate Dungeons and Dragons player. The play is directed by Nancy Owzarekand Jackson Cobbis the technical director. Members of the cast are Isabelle Hopewell, Mara Currens, Neha Nayak, Graham Scott, Kai Wilson, Audrey Schwartz, Matt Anderson, Joey Galles, Evelyn Gore, Tessa Krog, Fiona Gray, Lillith Allan and Steve Xiaaj. The stage manager is Mary Dratz and members of the crew are Ava Lundquist, Jorge Mogollon, Addie Stern, Ella Janky and Tori Westenberg.
One-act does not involve direct competition. Judges rate the plays according to specific criteria, including pace, blocking, costuming and projection of the play’s meaning. Each production is limited to 10 minutes of stage preparation and 35 minutes of actual performance. The judges consult after each production and then openly critique each in front of the cast, crew and audience.
A starred rating is the highest award given to a one-act play. More than one school can receive a starred-performance rating at the state festival. Apple Valley has earned nine starred ratings in its previous 11 appearances at the state festival and Eagan has earned 18 starred-performance ratings in its previous 20 appearances.