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2018-2019

Menno One Act Takes Home a Superior Play

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Individual Honors

Logan Klaudt, Bridget Vaith, Aidan Friesen, Anadia Gibson, Adrian Nusz, and Jaedyn Oplinger


Ensemble Name: Various Voices

Victoria Lehr, Kaylie Schempp, Grace Nusz, Paityn Huber, Anna Kludt, Bella Hogeland, Raygen Diede, Salome Carr


Menno Drama Department Advances to State with I Don't Want To Talk About It

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The Menno Drama Department will compete in the South Dakota One Act Play Festival on Thursday, January 31, 2019 in the Johnson Fine Arts Center on the NSU campus in Aberdeen at 9:00 A.M. under the permission of Playscripts, Inc. of New York.  The play has a cast of thirty-four and a crew of four and is directed by Mrs. Betsy Knodel and Mrs. Kay Smidt, as well.

The cast and crew travelled to Mitchell on Thursday, January 24th to perform at the Region IV-B one act play competition at the Pepsi-Cola Theater.  Schools from Avon, Armour, Corsica-Stickney, Ethan, Freeman Academy, Menno, and Tripp/Delmont competed. Menno took first place and Freeman Academy took second and will represent Region IV-B at the state festival.  Logan Klaudt, Anadia Gibson, Kyle Kyriss, and Kaelea McCoy received outstanding performance medals. "I am so proud of these kids," commented Mrs. Betsy Knodel.  "We had seven plays in our region and we were the second to perform.  Since there is a lot of talent in the region, the pressure was on to do our best.  Our students should feel a deep sense of pride for this accomplishment."

I Don't Want To Talk About It The play is told in scenes that take place in various locations as teens question who they are and what their purpose is.   A central character throughout the play is Kyle played by Logan Klaudt.  "Logan is a seasoned actor who is in his third leading role since beginning one acts as a freshman," states Mrs. Knodel.  "He has a passion for his part and exudes confidence on the stage."  Although the play is serious in nature, it contains both periods of tragedy and humor.  The play will hopefully be a springboard for exposing teenage issues that teens and parents need to talk about. "I wasn't surprised we made it to state again said Devin Rich, a senior who plays the roles of Baby and Maya in the play.  Echoing that sentiment was Kia Ahalt a senior portraying the role of Rachel who stated, "I'm very proud of what our cast has accomplished this year, and I'm looking forward to getting another state superior rating like we did last year."  The cast also has nine freshman girls who have begun their time in one acts.  Bella Hogeland, who portrays one of the various voices, said, "It's an amazing experience, and I feel like I've learned a lot from it so far."

The cast consists of thirty-four high school students as well as four students who make up the stage crew.  Cast members include: (seniors)Logan Klaudt*, Anadia Gibson*, Kiara Nusz*, Eisley Sayler, Tess Oplinger, Jaedyn Oplinger*, Devin Rich, Kia Ahalt*, Sam Bender, Kyle Munkvold*, Hunter Haberman*, and Abby Fischer (juniors): Hilaray Wade*, Aidan Friesen, Dawson Ulmer*, Trinity Kocourek, Jordan Fischer, Avery Handel, and Grant Handel (sophomores) Caden Fischer*, Paige Dyk, Kyle Kyriss*, Brady Fergen, Madelyn Heckenlaible,  Carly Herrboldt*, Victoria Lehr, Kaylie Schempp, Adrian Nusz, and Hannah Fischer (freshmen) Grace Nusz, Paityn Huber, Anna Kludt, Starr Kocourek, Bella Hogeland, Raygen Diede, Bridget Vaith, Salome Carr, and Kaelea McCoy*  (* denotes past state outstanding performance medalists) Stage crew consists of Avery Handel and Grant Handel who manage the lights and sound with the help of Mr. Martin Sieverding as well as Abby Fischer and Hannah Fischer who manage the costumes and props.   The play is under the direction of Mrs. Betsy Knodel and assisted by Mrs. Kay Smidt.

Class B schools have to perform a dramatic play this year.  "I'm really proud of the kids and their performance," said director Betsy Knodel.  "We have a few things to fix before going to state, but the kids can do it.  There is so much talent at Menno High School; I am awed by the students' dedication and willingness to do what we ask of them." 

The South Dakota One Act State Festival will be held January 31 – February 2, 2019 on the campus of Northern State University in the Johnson Fine Arts Center.  The festival begins at 9:00 A.M. on Thursday with shows running every 45 minutes until 9:45 that evening.  Friday's plays begin at 8:00 A.M. with the last show concluding at 9:45.  The festival will come to a close on Saturday with performances running from 8:00 A.M. until 4:15 P.M. and awards being presented following the last play.  There is no admission for the festival and everyone is encouraged to come and support the kids in Aberdeen.


One Act Play to Perform at Home and Regions

By: Mrs. Knodel

 

This year's one act play to be performed by the Menno drama department is “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” by Bradley Hayward and produced under rights secured from Playscripts Inc. of New York, New York.  The play is a conglomeration of monologues and vignettes that centers on teenagers and the topics that nobody wants to talk about.  The play focuses on the challenges that teens face daily including parents, rumors, bullying, suicide, and relationships. 

The play is told in scenes that take place in various locations as teens question who they are and what their purpose is.   A central character throughout the play is Kyle played by Logan Klaudt.  Although the play is serious in nature, it contains both periods of tragedy and humor.  The play will hopefully be a springboard for exposing teenage issues that teens and parents need to talk about. “I have really enjoyed doing this year’s play because it highlights real problems that teens my age go through daily,” states Jaedyn Oplinger, senior portraying the role of Samantha who experiences the death of a parent.  “I like that it has a purpose and I hope the audience feels a strong effect from it.”  

The cast consists of thirty-four high school students as well as four students who make up the stage crew.  Cast members include: (seniors)Logan Klaudt*, Anadia Gibson*, Kiara Nusz*, Tess Oplinger, Jaedyn Oplinger*, Devin Rich, Kia Ahalt*, Sam Bender, Kyle Munkvold*, Hunter Haberman*, and Abby Fischer (juniors): Hilaray Wade*, Aidan Friesen, Dawson Ulmer*, Trinity Kocourek, Jordan Fischer, Avery Handel, and Grant Handel (sophomores) Caden Fischer*, Paige Dyk, Kyle Kyriss*, Brady Fergen, Carly Herrboldt*, Victoria Lehr, Kaylie Schempp, Adrian Nusz, and Hannah Fischer (freshmen) Grace Nusz, Paityn Huber, Anna Kludt, Starr Kocourek, Bella Hogeland, Raygen Diede, Bridget Vaith, Salome Carr, and Kaelea McCoy  (* denotes past state outstanding performance medalists) Stage crew consists of Avery Handel and Grant Handel who manage the lights and sound with the help of Mr. Martin Sieverding as well as Abby Fischer and Hannah Fischer who manage the costumes and props.   The play is under the direction of Mrs. Betsy Knodel and assisted by Mrs. Kay Smidt.

"It has been fun putting together this production," stated Betsy Knodel, director.  "Watching these kids perform is always fun, but some of the kids who have been in play all four years are especially fun to watch as they develop their characters and talk about topics that are important to teens."  For the students performing the play, it is an important part of their education and life.  Senior Kiara Nusz said, “Doing one act has been fun and a great experience throughout my high school career.”  Jordan Fischer, a junior in play for the second year agreed when she stated, “One act play makes me more confident in being in front of a group of people, and it’s fun to see the different roles I get to play each year.”

Class B schools have to perform a serious play this year.  The use of sound and lighting, run by Avery and Grant Handel, bring out the drama and the transitions from scene to scene and make it easy to follow.  The play provides various opportunities for kids and parents alike to contemplate the issues, laugh at the humor, and enjoy a night exploring the topics of life as a teen. 

The Menno drama department will perform for the home audience on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 P.M. in the school - city auditorium.  They will then travel to Mitchell on Tuesday, January 22nd to perform at the Region III one act play competition at the Pepsi-Cola Theater.  Schools from Armour, Corsica-Stickney, Ethan, Freeman Academy, Menno, and Tripp/Delmont will compete for a chance to appear at the one act state festival in Aberdeen on January 31-February 2, 2019 at the Johnson Fine Arts Center on the NSU campus.  The Region III-B schools are slotted to appear at the state festival on Thursday, January 31st at 9:00 A.M. or on at 11:00 A.M. or Saturday, February 2nd at 11:00 A.M.

 


One Act Play will be "I Don't Want To Talk About It" by Bradley Hayward and produced under permission from Playscripts, Inc., New York, New York.


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