It’s a three-peat for the De Smet Dionysian Players, who captured their third straight District Championship in the MSHSAA One-Act competition on March 1 with their performance of The Complete History of Comedy, Abridged. With this win, the Spartans qualify for the state competition on April 11.
The play, by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, depicts comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to vaudeville and The Daily Show.
Cast members include seniors Ethan Aronson, Camden Brazile, Jack Laurie, and Jack Trusler; junior Alex Bentele, and sophomore Ryan Hughes. Crew members are senior Alex Spalding, junior Fred Behm, and sophomores Brady Burke, Nick Hale, and Henry Right.
“I chose The Complete History of Comedy, Abridged because this group of actors excels at broad, physical comedy,” said Kurt Knoedelseder, De Smet Jesuit Theatre Director. “They are a creative group of performers who are able to play a variety of comedic styles in this fast-paced one-act play.”
Students who participate in the theatre program at De Smet Jesuit form close friendships as they work together to prepare for performances. “It really is an honor to be a part of this One Act competition with such an amazing group of actors, and I would say that that’s the reason why I got into the theatre program,” says sophomore Ryan Hughes. “It was not just to be able to perform on stage, but it was also to get a chance to meet some really great people.”
Senior Jack Laurie agrees, adding, “I’m so happy for the opportunity to compete, but it didn’t’ really matter if we won or not. It was exciting to work on this show with a big group of friends. This particular show is fun because it is split up into smaller segments and everyone generally has the same amount of stage time.”
In addition to the upcoming state competition, the Dionysian Players are working on the Spring One Acts which are directed by students. Performances will take place on April 25 and 27.