The Nevis School drama department is currently in rehearsal for a one-act production entitled "Foreclosure." A public performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 and Friday, Jan. 24 at the school. There is an admission fee. On Saturday, the play will also be performed at the Minnesota State High School League One-Act Sub-section contest at Park Rapids High School auditorium. The competition is free and open to the public.
"Foreclosure" is an original one-act play written by "Avery Knox," apseudonym for a local writer. It is a comedy about three sisters who live together on their own following the death of their father. The sisters hatch a plan to make money by buying a house, for cheap, down the street that has gone into foreclosure and selling their own house. To ensure that no other potential buyers will bid on the foreclosed home the day of the auction, the sisters sneak into the foreclosed home and stage a haunting.
Nevis director Jennifer Geraedts says this is a huge change from when she first started directing at Nevis. “In 2016, we brought six actors and no tech. The program has grown a great deal since then.”
The three sisters will be portrayed by senior Lydia Bjorklund and freshmen Jade Rypkema and Amythyst Brownfield. The auctioneer, is played by sophomore Maximilian Eischens.
Geraedts said, “We’re in a good position with some strong veteran actors and adding in some new, younger talent. Because this is an original show, I had Breanna Boushee (9th grader), who is one our actors and a talented artist, create a graphic for Foreclosure which we’re all crazy about. We’re also very fortunate to have local builder Brian Ahart on board to build our set, Hannah Spry to paint the set, and Mel Spry to take care of costumes. A number of people have loaned us props, including the DAC, whose businesses in Park Rapids are a treasure trove for theater. I’m excited about all of that. I’ve also assigned a student to take on the task of being stage manager this year, which is new for us.”
The stage manager is Sofia Anderson, a ninth grader, who is also playing a small role in the play and has been in several previous Nevis theater productions.