This year’s BPHS one-act play was “Radium Cure for the Broken Hearted,” a story of a young girl  (played by senior Hannah Burmeister) who comes to a rural town in the early 1900s and finds it difficult to fit in.
This year’s BPHS one-act play was “Radium Cure for the Broken Hearted,” a story of a young girl (played by senior Hannah Burmeister) who comes to a rural town in the early 1900s and finds it difficult to fit in.
Belle Plaine High School’s one-act play came in second place at Saturday’s eight-school Section 2A Festival at Le Sueur-Henderson High School.
Taking first and winning a ticket to perform at this Friday’s Minnesota State High School League Class 1A Festival in St. Paul was Mankato Loyola with its production of “Chemical Imbalance:  A Jeckyl and Hyde play.”
“We may have come in second but it’s not a sporting event where you can look at the scoreboard to see who won,” said Chris Moore, who along with Tony Hartmann co-directed this year’s BPHS play. “One-act is a subjective deal. Three judges saw the plays – two thought Loyola’s show was better than ours and one thought ours was better. Loyola’s show is amazing. I’m sure they’ll star at state. I think our show would have earned a star, too.”
Other schools competing in Le Sueur Saturday were Jordan, Medford, Maple River,  Mountain Lake,  St. Peter and Sleepy Eye.
This year’s BPHS play was “Radium Cure for the Broken Hearted,” a story of a young girl who comes to a rural town in the early 1900s and finds it difficult to fit in. The townsfolk consider this outsider odd and refuse to treat her kindly, reflecting the intolerance and small-mindedness of that time and place.
When a traveling medicine show comes to town, the young girl drinks a radium-infused elixir. Under its influence, the girl’s past comes back to haunt her, leading to dire consequences.
The following are comments from the judges about Belle Plaine’s performance in Le Sueur Saturday:
Judge 1: Excellent opening, gets our attention immediately. Interesting stage pictures.  Tasteful set, platform adds opportunities for arranging large cast to create appealing stage pictures, successful throughout. Its sound superb! Nicely executed, excellent choices! It is difficult to successfully stage a large cast show. This was done well. Attention to so many details was given. Great ensemble work. Stage is balanced throughout. This play is like a moving painting. One stage picture flows seamlessly into the next. Music excellent! It enhances the show. Especially like ending with heartbeat sound.
Judge 2: Opening sound effects and vocal music is inviting and established mood. Costumes are appropriately period and of very nice quality. Very interesting set. Good detail in poster wall. I like the scenic freezes which frame the inset scenes. Excellent enunciation from the entire cast. Dolls creepy and demonic. Heartbeat audio helps sell the climax. The ensemble has excellent physical control.
Judge 3: Very nice opening. Good choral work from ensemble. Good use of stage. Good Speech. Good transitions. Freezes are great. Very animated, interesting and focused.
This year’s cast consisted of senior Lauren Murphy (Mary), junior Cody Klipple (Simon), junior Gabrielle Malecha (Ms. Whitley), eighth-grader Kadence Bran de Leon (Maggie), freshman Dylan May (Doc Jasper), senior Noah Ellingsworth (Sheriff Jackson), sophomore Neil Bigaouette (Gray), junior Hunter Meyer (Caleb), senior Jonah Meyer (Bloodgood), junior Taylor Cote (Rachel), senior Hannah Burmeister (Sarah Slocumb), freshman Katie Piampiano (Susannah),  senior Taylor Thompson (Ismene), senior Rachel Fahey (Beauty), senior Teresa Wentworth (Hope), sophomore Siri Kuhn (Mind), freshman Kylee Santovi (Innocence) and sophomore Hunter Schmidt (Father).
The sound and lights crew were seniors Hayden Cody and John Franck.