WDC to present one-act play, 'Marie Antoinette'
Wadena-Deer Creek High School will present their one-act play, "Marie Antoinette," for the general public on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Wadena Memorial Auditorium.
According to one-act play director Jay Patterson, the play is a snap shot of Marie Antoinette’s wild journey from being a bride to Louis Auguste at age 14 to her eventual death due to the political upheaval of the French Revolution. She served as the last queen of France.
“The story is rich with anecdotes that reveal the character of Marie,” Patterson explained. “She had four children. She loved to play cards and gamble. She loved her diamonds. She loved her dresses and had over 100 of them made for her every year by the best designers France had available.”
While the one-act play focuses on the spirit and characterization of Marie, the play interjects the oppression of peasants during that time.
“The nobles and landowners did not care about the plight of the peasants,” Patterson said, adding, “King Louis wanted reform but the nobles did not want to sacrifice their money and so the peasants suffered. In the back drop of all of this was the American Revolution. The French people wanted freedom from the oppression of the monarchy.”
Twenty WDC students are involved in the production. They include:
Name of character: Student Actor Name/Crew Member:
Marie Antoinette Samantha Kirkland
Maria Theresa AJ Tollefson
Louis Auguste Isaac Berger
Rene Descartes, a French philosopher Jordan Geiser
Jean Jacques Rosseau, a French philosopher Michael Small
Armand, a French Loyalist Aaron Beck
Edourard, a French Loyalist David Wegscheid
Madam Camille, a revolutionary Marie Hunt
Madam Adelais, a revolutionary Katelyn Windels
Peasant Adam Leverson
Peasant Beth Schmitz
Peasant Josiah Berger
Peasant Alyssa Gilster
Peasant Mitchel Haman
Peasant Hope Dumpprope
Peasant Hope Norenberg
Peasant Sarah Decock
Peasant Anissa Mench
Technical/Stage Crew Taylor Dirks
Technical/Stage Crew Sandra Kucharccyk
Director Jay Patterson
A performance for the general public will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23 in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Admission is free. The public performance serves as a warm-up for Subsection competition on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Seven schools total are competing to advance to the sectional contest in Pequot Lakes the following Saturday, Feb. 1.
Auditions were held for the one-act play in December, with practice held after school and evenings since the beginning of January. One-act plays are limited to 35 minutes.