‘Drift’ing through life in search of hope, meaning

MLHS one-act play set for Sub-Section 5 competition




Thespians from the Mountain Lake Public High School (MLHS) Drama Department are prepping for the Sub-Section 5 One-Act Play Contest to be held Saturday, January 26, at Jackson County Central (JCC).

The MLHS play will be the third of seven on the day. Set-up time will be 11:40 a.m. to 11:50 p.m., with the presentation time 11:50 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.

The one-act play from Butterfield-Odin Public High School (B-OHS) will begin the day at 9:50 a.m. The second play will be brought by St. James. Following the MLHS production will be Martin County West (MCW), JCC, Sleepy Eye Public and Springfield. The awards ceremony will be held at approximately 4:50/5 p.m.

In addition to MLHS and JCC, schools performing will include Martin County West, St. James, Butterfield-Odin, Springfield and Sleepy Eye Public.

The first- and second-place plays advance to Section 2A on Saturday, February 3, in St. Peter. The winning show will share its production in the Minnesota State High School League’s Class A One-Act Play Festival on Friday, February 9, onstage at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. (Class AA schools perform on Thursday, February 8).

MLHS will present the one-act play, “Drift,” by Dennis Bush. The underlying theme is one of feeling lost, isolated and afraid. Many of the play’s characters are afraid of being “nothing to nobody.”

The cast will take a close look at the lives of those living “among the shadows of the bright lights of New York City’s theatre district.” They will share the stories of nine homeless people searching for hope and meaning; people who are not movers and shakers – but just get moved and shaken. “In a world that’s been turned upside down, they find poetry and pain, with no pity and no shame.”

Through it all, the characters believe, as one of them declares, “I’m not hopeless . . . I just hope less!”

Cast, Crew and Directors

+ Merrick – Jae Faber

+ Busboy – David Hall

+ Playbill – Regan Syverson

+ Diver – Eli Karschnik

+ Carson – Amy Bartsch

+ Sunday – Chloe Klassen

+ Monkey – Ethan Klassn

+ Rio – Isaac Grev

+ Conner – Olivia Klassen

+ Street People – Paton Buller, Cole Kleven, Mason Fast and Brody Kleven.

+ Crew – Jareya Harder, Braden Rempel and David Larson

+ Director – Julie Brugman

+ Assistant Director – Crystal Fast


CAST AND CREW of the MLHS Drama Department’s one-act production, “Drift,” Front, Chloe Klassen, left and Olivia Klassen, right. Second row, from left, Ethan Karschnik, David Hall, Amy Bartsch and Mason Fast. Third row, from left, Ethan Klassen, David Larson, Jae Faber, Cole Kleven, Brody Kleven, Braden Rempel and Jareya Harder. Fourth row, Paton Buller. Back, Isaac Grev, left and Regan Syverson, right. (Julie Brugman photo)
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