by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
A cautionary tale of addiction and denial, entitled “No Problem,” is Zimmerman’s entry in one-act play competition.
Five students in English class – played by seniors Sylvia Michels, Amber Nagengast, and Samantha Jorgenson, and juniors Vince Snyder and Austin Michael – are instructed to write a paper on addiction. All profess to have none. As the story unfolds, though, it appears they do carry some manner of addictions which they are good at covering up, even from themselves.
ZHS earned first place among eight entrants at the Granite Ridge Conference festival last Saturday at Milaca. Making all-conference were Michels, Michael, and junior Isaac Lemke (tech).
They will compete Saturday at sub-sections in Chisago Lakes, at 3 p.m.
“It’s a hard-hitting play,” said director Jon Palshewski, “which encourages people to look beyond others’ exteriors to see that everyone deals with difficulties … We are showing it to several classes this week, because of its message.”
Palshewski planned to expand from five to 11 parts but was denied by the publisher, and after weeks of rehearsal, he reverted to the original script. He designated five understudies — seniors Lenaea Halter, Kyler Preston and Maranda Berndt, junior Ryan Olson and sophomore Marissa Luing — who are performing in some of the local showings.
Public showing is slated for Tuesday, 7 p.m. (no admission). A non-competition comedy “The Audition,” will also be presented. Actors are Alexa Muylaert, Cassie Boucher, Karisa Zachar, Alexis Larson, Aiden Estridge, and Trista Miller.
Crew — Student directors: Carly Nelson (jr), Justin Canterbury (sr) … Sound and lights: Isaac Lemke (jr), Emma Anderson (fr) … Set design: Jessie Freeman (sr) … Costumes/makeup: Abbi Copic (sr) … Stage manager: Kayla Spelios (sr) …. Props: Sophie Bishop (sr).