The cast of the Chatfield High School one-act play, "Mirrors" performed at the section meet in Winona last Saturday.  They are, in front from left, Abby Jorgenson, Matt Dietz and Nick Buenger. In back are Gabby Bouska, Marissa Hanson and Derek Bethel.
The cast of the Chatfield High School one-act play, "Mirrors" performed at the section meet in Winona last Saturday. They are, in front from left, Abby Jorgenson, Matt Dietz and Nick Buenger. In back are Gabby Bouska, Marissa Hanson and Derek Bethel.
It's an award-winning mock dual-reality show that mirrors one strange life...

The description tells why Tony Cole, director of the Chatfield one-act play, chose the play, "Mirrors," by John O'Brien.

The drama club's performance earned the student actors and the one-act crew second place at the Class AA subsection one-act play meet in Stewartville on Jan. 25 and a spot to compete in sections in Winona at the St. Mary's University Performance Center this past Saturday.

"It's a unique show because there are two stories, or realities, in one show," Cole added. "It's a fascinating look into the mind of a troubled soul, and the dramatic and psychological challenge and aspect really intrigued us."

The cast includes Matt Dietz as Fred, Nick Buenger as Freddie, Derek Bethel as Chip, Abby Jorgenson as Marita, Marissa Hanson as Mother and Gabby Bouska as Doctor, with Tony and his son, Levi, serving as director, co-director and stage crew.

The students have been rehearsing "Mirrors" since the beginning of December, dealing with snow days and other interruptions that make holding rehearsals difficult, but they successfully presented "Mirrors" this past Friday, Jan. 31, at Potter Auditorium for local audiences.

"This year, it's been the cold weather causing cancellations of afterschool activities, which include one-act play rehearsals. Many of my actors have been in plays with me before," Cole noted, "so they're pros. Our set is very simple, with a chair, a stool and a couple of flats, and the only costumes we have to keep track of belong to Chip and the doctor."

One-act play competition pieces must be presented onstage within certain time limitations, but Cole stated that "timing" makes one-act easier to direct than full-scale productions. He added the script of "Mirrors" really makes his students think and expand their characters' interpretation.

He commended his cast, saying, "Simply put, this cast is the best in the world, and having my son helping me as co-director has been a blast. He is a natural leader and has the respect of the entire cast...it really makes me proud."