Theatre: ERHS to enter small-cast drama ‘Memory’ in one-act competition

In a rehearsal this week, James Bounds and Erin Stein, as a man and wife in “Memory,” reflect on all the good times they have had. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

In a rehearsal this week, James Bounds and Erin Stein, as a man and wife in “Memory,” reflect on all the good times they have had. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

Elk River High School will host a one-act play competition next Saturday, including its own entrant, a drama called “Memory.”
James Bounds and Erin Stein have the lead roles.
“I’m the husband who comes home to his wife, and we start reminiscing about all the great times we’ve had, but it seems ‘off’ in a way, that something is wrong,” Bounds said, hinting at a sad twist ending.
The only other cast members are Nick Walz and Tricia Buerke, playing Bounds’ concerned brother and his psychiatrist girlfriend who wants to help.
“What appealed to me,” director Michelle Brooks said, “is that this play has a small cast and we can really dig into each character.”
The John O’Brien play, she added, is “about the power of love, and of death, too, and the survivor’s guilt that can come.”
ERHS will host a subsection of Section 7AA on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Zabee Theatre, with Big Lake, Cambridge-Isanti, Princeton and St. Francis visiting starting 10:30 a.m. The top two will advance to sectionals a week later.
ERHS normally has a separate local presentation, but that will not be necessary this year because the competition is here, Brooks said.

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