Emotions run high during CIHS One Act play “Nora’s Lost”

Click on any photo to begin slideshow of “Nora’s Lost.” More information and cast list can be found below the photos.

The Cambridge-Isanti High School One Act team has been working hard on its performance of “Nora’s Lost” by  Alan Haehnel. 

A summary of “Nora’s Lost” is as follows, “Debilitated by Alzheimer’s disease, Nora Blodget follows the vision of her late husband into the woods on a cold night. Nora’s life flashes before her — revealing her former life as a dynamic teacher, a caring wife, and a loving mother. Will Nora’s daughter find her mother in time? This poignant large-cast one-act explores the nature of memory and familial love, fractured by the onset of dementia.”

The public is invited to a performance of “Nora’s Lost” at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Hardy Performing Arts Center at Cambridge-Isanti High School. The performance is free and all are welcome to attend.

The team attended the Mississippi 8 One Act Play Conference meet Jan. 18 at Chisago Lakes High School. The production was awarded a Star Performance by the directors in the Mississippi 8 Conference. Being chosen as All-Conference were Aurora Wahlstrom, Maria Leibel, Hannah Kloeckel and Cate Ryeng. All-Conference Honorable Mention went to Sam Peters and Nicole Bergman. The team also earned an Academic Conference award of a Gold Standard.

Next, the CIHS cast and crew will travel to Elk River on Saturday, Jan. 25 for the Subsection tournament which begins at 10 a.m. The CIHS team will perform at 2:45 p.m. The event is open to the public, and all performances are free. The teams placing in the top two will advance to the Section tournament Feb. 1 in St. Francis.

Cast of “Nora’s Lost”

Director: Kelly Fairchild-Fahrni

Assistant Director: Tylinn Grace

Nora: Aurora Wahlstrom

Gene:  Sam Peters

Martha: Hannah Kloeckel

Robin/Caroler/Voice: Madeline Kohn

Mark: Michael Carlson

Jack/Voice: David Knutson

Young Nora: Maria Leibel

Doctor/Searcher/Voice: Sophie Wahlstrom

Bill/Preacher/Voice: Tristen Sima

Young Martha: Nicole Bergman

Death/Voice: Rebekah Kortan

Student/Voice: Jenny Skalicky

Caroler/Searcher/Voice: Lacey Johnson

Student/Caroler/Voice: Sarah Titus

Officer/Searcher/Voice: Jonah Bensen


  Director: Mackenzie Kruse

Nurse/Voice/Searcher: Sadie Broil

Crew: Cate Ryeng

Crew: Blake Olson

Crew: Dawson Bartels


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