Next for prep theatre groups: one-act competitions

ERHS actors Allie Brady (left) and Kelsey Wakeman, as a daughter and mother, rehearse for “A Time to Go Home,” a drama. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Elk River, Rogers and Zimmerman high school theatre departments are preparing for one-act play competitions.

•Elk River’s entrant will be “A Time to Go Home,” a tale of teens and parents confronting death, slated to open at the Northwest Suburban Conference festival at Osseo  on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Sub-section will be held Saturday, Jan  28,  at Buffalo, and sectionals Saturday, Feb. 4, at St. Michael-Albertville. The public performance at Zabee Theatre will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. Director is Michelle Brooks.

•Zimmerman’s entrant is  “Antigone, 1865” by Mike Willis, a familiar ancient Greek tragedy by Sophocles set in Civil War times. The  play will open at the Granite Ridge conference festival Saturday, Jan. 21, in Little Falls, followed by a public performance  Monday, Jan. 23, at ZHS). Sub-sections are  at Hermantown on Saturday, Feb. 28, and sectionals at Cambridge-Isanti on Saturday, Feb. 4. Director is Jon Palshewsky.

•Rogers’ entrant will be “Check Please,” by Jonathan Rand, a tale about a series of blind date. It will debut at the Mississippi 8 Invitational in Buffalo on Saturday, Jan. 21. Sections are set for Buffalo on Saturday, Jan. 28. A dress rehearsal for  family and friends is planned for Thursday Jan. 19, at ERHS, 6:30 p.m. Directors, both making their debut, are Gail Weber and Amanda Peterson.

The Star News will have more these plays the next two weeks.

Also coming  up

•Elk River Community Theatre will present “Clue — the Musical” starting Feb. 16 and concluding Feb. 27.

•Youth Theatre Workshop of Elk River will present “The Littlest Mermaid” in late April.

•Rogers has chosen “Little Shop of Horrors” for its second annual spring musical with auditions next Tuesday and Wednesday, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Students may register for acting and crew roles at the commons.