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Albert Lea High School hosts one-act play subsection competition

Albert Lea High School student actors will compete against four other schools today in a one-act play subsection competition at Albert Lea High School.

Student actors will perform “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” at 6:15 p.m. in the auditorium.

The competition is free to the public.

Albert Lea High School students will compete against Waseca, Winona, Rochester Mayo and Kasson-Mantorville in today's one act play 1AA sub-section contest. Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

Albert Lea High School students will compete against Waseca, Winona, Rochester Mayo and Kasson-Mantorville in today’s one act play 1AA sub-section contest. Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

According to a synopsis, three characters bearing the same name  — two sharing the same cell — are in a mental hospital. One of the characters is a mentally-ill man, Ivanov, played by Kyle Nelson. Another character is a political dissident, Alexander, who was in a prison before the hospital. Alexander is played by Sam Ehrhardt. The characters were placed in the cell by the head doctor, Ryan Nelson.

Alexander has a son, Sacha, played by Ethan Eriksmoen, who wants Alexander to come home. Sacha’s teacher, Natalie Weiland, is hard on Sacha at school.

The play is based to some extent in the 1970s on political dissent in Russia and Czechoslovakia, said Director Lilah Aas. 

Waseca, Winona, Kasson-Mantorville and Rochester Mayo schools will also perform one-act plays today at the high school. The competition starts at 3:30 p.m. Performances cannot be longer than 35 minutes, and it cannot take more than 10 minutes to put up a set.

The top two schools will advance to sectionals next Thursday at Lakeville South High School. Today’s awards will be presented at 8 p.m.

Aas said she hopes Albert Lea advances to the section competition.

“They are a really good cast, and they work very hard,” she said. “It’s a challenging show for high school kids to do.”

Ehrhardt, a senior, said he was nervous and excited for the one-act play.

“For me, one-acts are one of the most exciting theater events we have at the high school,” he said. “Just because you get to see a bunch of different schools with a bunch of different plays, just a bunch of different takes on theater in general. It’s just fun to get a taste of a lot of different stuff.”

Albert Lea High School student actors will perform “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” today during a one-act play competition today at the high school. Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

Albert Lea High School student actors will perform “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” today during a one-act play competition today at the high school. Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

Cast:

Alexander: Sam Ehrhardt

Ivanov: Kyle Nelson

Sacha: Ethan Eriksmoen

Doctor: Justine Nelson

Teacher: Natalie Weiland

Colonel, head doctor: Ryan Nelson

Student Director: Noah Iverson

Lighting: Fabian Mueller

Director: Lilah Estrem Aas

Tech Director: Erin Losinski

If you go

What: Albert Lea High School’s performance of “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” in the one-act play subsection competition

When: 6:15 p.m. today

Where: Albert Lea High School auditorium

Cost: Free

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