ABERDEEN - The Mitchell High School one-act play cast and crew earned a superior rating on Saturday at the South Dakota High School Activities Association state festival.
MHS' performance - "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged): Romeo and Juliet" - was one of 12 Class AA shows to take superior honors at the event on the Northern State University campus.
Mitchell's show is directed by Melissa Vatter-Miller and student directed by Jordan Dierks and Maddie Andersen.
The MHS cast included Jamison Gross (playing narrator, Juliet, Sampson, Prince), Wyatt Haibeck (narrator, Benvolio, Nurse, Friar), Hannah Hetland (narrator, Scholar, Tybalt), and Diana Johnson (narrator, Romeo).
The MHS crew included Victoria Brown (costumer), Dierks (stage manager), Andersen (assistant stage manager), Carter Koons (light design), Joseph Gebel (light technician), Melody Reisdorff (props mistress), Iris Anderson (makeup design), Isabella Lambert (sound design and technician), Kevin Glover, Jaeden Krumholz and Erik Woellner (runners), and Austin Jennings (deck manager).
Other area schools to present superior plays included: Class A: Chamberlain High School, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," directed by Trisha Burke and Lynn Herder, and student directed by Bailey Mayer.
Class B: Menno High School, "I Don't Want To Talk About It," directed by Betsy Knodel and Kay Smidt; Bridgewater-Emery High School, "Aunt Leaf," directed by Valerie Marsh.
Forty-five South Dakota high schools presented productions in front of panels of three judges. Class A schools conducted plays that were humorous in nature, while Class B schools conducted play which were serious in nature. Class AA schools could present serious or humorous plays.