Braham One-Act takes to stage with comedy

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.

Cast and Crew of 2012 Braham One-Act troupe (l-r) Director AnnaRae Soderberg, Alysha Newsom, Lauren Vanderport, Jacob Rajkowski, Sam Anderson, Jessica Westman, Ryan Hockert, Abby Salmonson, Ariel Ramstad and Briana Richmond.


A variety of actor personalities played by (l-r) Ariel Ramstad, Brianna Richmond, Lauren Davenport and Jacob Rajkowski are a challenge to their director, Ms. Quince, in “Romeo and Beatrice and Toto, too.”



Toils and troubles stack up for drama teacher Ms. Quince (played by Jessica Westman, right) in Braham One-Act play’s performance of “Romeo and Beatrice and Toto, too,” including dealing with tepid student actors (l-r) Lauren Vanderport, Sam Anderson and Alysha Newsom. The Bombers will host a public show Friday, Jan. 27 at BHS before subsections on Saturday.