One-act play is a Minnesota Stater High School League (MSHSL) activity that provides competition at the subsection, section and state level. For the second year in a row, the Little Falls competitive one-act play team will participate in the annual state festival at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium St. Catherine’s College, today, Thursday, Feb. 13.
The one-act team began its regular season with the Granite Ridge Play Festival at Mora High School held Jan. 25. It unanimously was voted best in fest and received the Granite Ridge Conference Title. Starred individual actors for the festival include Kalli Kalpakoff and Ian Norwood.
Little Falls hosted the 8AA south subsection Jan. 30 and walked away as the subsection champion in which all three judges ranked Little Falls in first place. Among the five schools participating, Little Falls, St. Cloud Tech and Rocori advanced to the section final held Feb. 6 in Alexandria at Discovery Middle School. They were joined by Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and Alexandria. Only one school is allowed to advance to the state festival per MSHSL rules. Little Falls emerged as the 8AA section champion.
Like many MSHSL activities, there are rules a play must follow. A play must not exceed twenty participants. A play must run under thirty-five minutes. Special effects are forbidden such fog and strobe lights, and a set must fit within a 10-foot by 10-foot square with a 10 minute set-up time.
Judges rank plays according to the following criteria: physical characterizations such as appropriate movement and interactions, vocal characterizations, technical elements, educational value, effective ensemble, style, pacing and stage pictures.
This year’s state one-act cast and crew include Ian Norwood, Maria Kosovich, Mitchell Burr, Kalli Kalpakoff , Mikey Kalpakoff , Emily Dunaisky, Austin Southers, Hayden Robbins, Anh Tuan Do, Malenamarie Phillips, Madeline Wright, Owen Justin, Monica Kosovich, Nicole Andres, Brandon Yorek, Samantha Scherping, and Casey Johnson. The play is directed by Anjanette Kraus.