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NLA Wraps Up 2024 One Act Play Season

By Kaden Hine and Marquise Poncelet

Forest Lake, Minn. – The One Act Play cast and crew just wrapped up its second season in January. The group meets after school from September to January to put together a 35 minute production that is used in an MSHSL competition at the end of January. This year’s play was The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza and featured an assortment of Greek myths, like Cronos, Pandora, Zeus, and the Trojan War.

“I think the concept of the One Act Play competition is super interesting because people who are into theater and art don’t get to compete like people in sports do, even if they want to,“ said Amber Huff (9) who played Pandora and the narrator in the production. “The One Act Play allows actors a chance at entering in a competition where they can actually have a chance at winning.”

The One Act Play helps people grow in many different skills, like acting and how to work background equipment.

“I personally did the sound for The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza this year and it was a lot of fun,” said Izaac Miller (11). “I basically add the comedic sound effects and think up new ideas for sounds we could use.”

The NLA One Act Play cast values the performance they put on, but they care about the cast having fun while doing so. One Act Play member Eztli Tallman (11), who played Orpheus, has this to say to people who might want to join: “It’s so much fun. You don’t have to be good at acting to be in it, you’ll get a role anyway, or you can be a part of the crew. It’s a fun thing we do, and we care less about the competition and more about the fun we have while practicing.”

The Upper School students got to experience the play firsthand, getting time off from school during the day to watch the performance. There was laughter, sadness, and applause from the audience, showing that the performance was very well made and fun at the same time.

Due to the success of the One Act Play over the last few years, NLA has also added a spring play to its growing list of extracurriculars. This year’s production is Game of Tiaras by Don Zolidis. Performances will be Friday, May 10th at 7:00 PM and Saturday, May 11th, at 2 and 7 PM in the K-6 gymnasium. Tickets are $5 at the door.