Zimmerman’s one-act entrant is Civil War drama

Antigone (Sam Jorgenson) recoils at terrible news from fiance Haemon (James Kossila). (Photo by Bruce Strand)

by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

“Antigone 1876,” a Civil War tale of  tragedy heaped upon tragedy in a Union Army company at the end of the war, is Zimmerman’s entrant in the MSHSL one-act play competition.

A public showing for the 35-minute play is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at ZHS. The play will open Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Granite Ridge Conference festival in Little Falls. The sub-section is set for Hermantown on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Samantha Jorgenson, a junior, plays Antigone, whose brothers died, at each other’s hands, as one of them chose to serve the Confederacy. Her   fiance, played by senior James Kossila, is a young officer torn between duty and love.

His father, Col. Creon, played by senior Matt Onarheim, decreed that the Confederate brother should not be buried,  but left in the sun, and anyone who defies the order be put to death. Antigone disobeys; she vows to bury both brothers, come what may, and much misery ensues.

Playing a sage and her aide are Sylvia Michels and Aiden Estridge. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Sylvia Michels, junior stage  veteran, plays Teirasias, a stooped fortune-teller whose rebuke of the colonel causes him to reconsider.

Senior Zach Raph plays a corporal/narrator. The cast also has senior Zach Lewandowski,  juniors Jonah Skrove, Kelsey Luby, and Kyler Preston; sophomores Vince Snyder and Andy Vey; freshman Alden Estridge and 7th-grader Katie Haller.

Jon Palashewski is director, assisted by Carissa Haller.

This play by Mike Willis was adapted from the Greek tragedy “Antigone,” by Sophacles.