First and Final Act

Ivan Laiz

Seniors taking their final bow


One Act is a simple concept: a group of highschoolers practice a play of a length less than 30 minutes and then compete with other groups in a tournament to see who’s best. “It’s good for people who don’t want the compromise of a full play,” said Cadence Pipenhagen, one of the actresses.


For the Maple Lake group the competition starts on January 29 and they’ve already got a good picture of the final result. “We’ve already started building everything we need,” said Trinity Hughes, one of the tech team members.


Last year wasn’t the best for the Irish One Act group, as due to Covid, they had to organize everything on Zoom calls and they were limited by the guidelines. “I haven’t been in a lot of one act plays, but we’ve never advanced to the state category,” said senior Alyssa Hadler.


The group needs members to exist and the current ones fear that when they graduate the stage will be empty, so they’re advertising, “Usually we focus on seventh or eighth graders to advertise. The thing is that now they don’t want to go, we’re hoping that the T-Shirts will help,” said Senior Haley Phohtisanh.


The cast and crew, who are mostly seniors, are hoping younger students step into the spotlight when the seniors take their final bow..