By Greg Hunt
The Braham One-Act Play group heads into the competitive season with their take on Romeo and Beatrice and Toto, too, written by New York native/now White Bear Lake resident Claudia Haas.
The Bombers will host a public performance of the comedy on Friday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m. at the BHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $2.
On Saturday, Jan. 28, the troupe travels to Pine City for the 4A North Subsection festival. The top two scoring plays then advance to the Feb. 4 Section 4A Festival held in Milaca. The Class A One-Act Festival will be held at the O’Shaunessy Theatre on the College of St. Catherine campus in St. Paul Friday, Feb. 10.
Play’s synopsis from Haas: Mrs. Quince, a member of the “William Shakespeare Wrote William Shakespeare Society,” receives a copy of a play in the mail that could possibly be one of Shakespeare’s earliest works. Thinking this could be the break-through that she, her society and her school’s theatre department needs, she embraces the play and decides to produce it. When all that can go wrong (costumes delayed, set waterlogged and unusable, a cast of questionable loyalty and talent) does go wrong, it is decided the “show must go on” and indeed it does– treating the audience to hilarious results.
BHS One-Act ‘Romeo and Beatrice and Toto, too’ Cast & Crew
Cast (actor/character): Jessica Westman – Ms. Quince; Abby Salmonson – Robin Starvling; Briana Richmond – Frances Flute; Sam Anderson – Bill Bottom; Ariel Ramstad- Helena Demetria; Lauren Vanderport – Hermia Lysander; Alysha Newsom – Susie Snug; Jacob Rajkowski – Tom Tinker.
Crew: AnnaRae Soderberg – Director; Ryan Hockert – lights.