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Apple Valley High School one-act play stars again at state festival

The cast and crew of Apple Valley High School’s one-act play, “The Revolutionists” (pictured) earned a starred-performance rating at this year’s state One-Act Play Festival held Feb. 7 at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul. This was Apple Valley’s 13th trip to the state festival and 10th starred-performance rating.

The starred rating is the highest award given to a one-act play and, as such, is the equivalent of a state championship. One-act does not involve direct competition. Judges rate the plays according to specific criteria, including pace, blocking, costuming and projection of the play’s meaning. Each production is limited to 10 minutes of stage preparation and 35 minutes of actual performance. The judges consult after each production and then openly critique each in front of the cast, crew and audience. Starred-performance ratings are determined by private balloting of the judges. Apple Valley was one of five Class AA schools to earn a starred-performance rating of the eight that qualified for state.

Apple Valley’s performance of “The Revolutionists” by Lauren Gunderson was directed by Sophie Peyton and technical directors Roger Skophammer and Bryan Kuzma. Members of the cast are Taylor Garrison, Ruhama Solomon, Savannah Richards and Maya Ricard. Members of the crew are Emma Barnum, Haley Smith, Hannah Robinson, Braden Kowalski, Brandon Halverson, Alexander Turnquist, Eddie Kauls, Logan Rasmussen, Kieran Kowalski, Ruby Herndon, Jeremy Smith, Erin Sole, Elizabeth Jensen, Sophie Green, Cameron Schenck, Sam Rasmussen and Sean Haley. “The Revolutionists” is produced in cooperation with Dramatists Play Service.

According to director Sophie Peyton, “The Revolutionists is a brutal comedic quartet about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror (1793-94). Playwright Olympe De Gouge, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, lose their heads and try to beat back the extremist insanity in revolutionary Paris. This dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, feminism and terrorism, art and how we actually go about changing the world.”