The cast and crew of Fillmore Central’s one-act play group accepted their medals and a second-place trophy at the sub-section one-act competition in Rushford this past Saturday. The team advances to the section tournament this coming Saturday in Winona.
The cast and crew of Fillmore Central’s one-act play group accepted their medals and a second-place trophy at the sub-section one-act competition in Rushford this past Saturday. The team advances to the section tournament this coming Saturday in Winona.
"The kids have been working very hard and they are excited about the play," shared Sara Kroshus, Mabel-Canton's drama advisor. "The play has lots of humor and the students have had great fun developing their characters. They leave here laughing."

Kroshus and her drama students have been preparing their one-act play through the month of January, have participated in conference one-act play festivals and competed at the Sub-Section 1A contest this past Saturday. Now, the cast and crew of "Any Body for Tea?" will be presenting a public performance in the Mabel-Canton High School gym on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.

The play, written by C.B. Gillford, requires a cast of nine. Stephanie Hafnew, Kristina Mengis, Nicole Eiken, Phoenix Peterson, Sarah Vettleson-Trutza and Emily Brumm portray six elderly spinsters, living together under one roof, who are enamored of Detective Dennis O'Finn, who lives across the street.

The women plot to get the detective, played by Austin Whitacre, into their home by staging a murder, but soon discover that to keep him coming back, they must continue the murders.

A comedic murder mystery is the result.

"It is a very funny, silly script," Kroshus added.

Morgan Roppe as Captain Williams and Mitchell Lee as Detective Kramer round out the cast.

Kroshus complimented her cast members saying they have made each of their characters unique. She was especially complimentary of the girls playing the spinster ladies, giving them each a unique quality to make them stand out. "All of them have developed their own voice, their own walk, their own style. Each one is very distinct," she explained.

Ashlyn Dahl and Hannah Nolte have been working as the crew on the play, helping with sets, costumes and moving pieces as one-act plays must be portable to travel to area contests and performances.

The cast performed at the sub-section one-act contest last Saturday, but will not be advancing to the section contest as only the top two plays go on. Rushford-Peterson and Fillmore Central filled those spots.

Therefore, the one-act play cast and crew, along with their director, invite the public to their final performance on Saturday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children.

It's sure to be a fun time for all, Kroshus promised.