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One Act three points away from state meet

January 16, 2019

One Act three points away from state meet

By Gerardo Osorio


            “Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe provided a medium for the WPBHS One-Act. This adaptation of the story follows “the man” through the night he kills his roommate, and is visited by a “physical form of his self-conscience,” then by the police, when he ultimately turns himself in.

            Coaches Marlene Wiechman, Jill Redmond, and Alex Norton led the 29 cast and crew members to a very unforgettable season.

            This year, WPBHS decided to take a bold move on an old story. “Personally, I always wanted to add music to the play,” said Redmond.

            She decided to add songs that featured senior Myla Illian, Abby Boell, Payton Schiller, and Anna Mayes. Illian opened the show with a rendition of “Listen to Your Heart.”

            Yet another spin the coaches decided to incorporate was adding a chorus to the original 6 person play. The “hooded visitors” were a noteworthy part of the play judges liked according to Wiechman.

            The cast enjoyed such success this season. Cast members received multiple superior actor awards: Myla Illian, Anna Mayes, Abby Boell, Payton Schiller, Brooklyn Weddle, Luis Medina, Jakob Andreasen, and Mitchell Lierman.

            The WPBHS One Act received two second places this season, losing to North Bend Central both times. WPBHS lost by one point at the Conference meet, and by three points at the district meet. The team also placed sixth at the Midland One Act Clash.

            Lierman received the Overall Outstanding Actor award at the Conference meet.

When recalling their favorite memory from the season, junior cast member Brithany Cervantes said, “When Levi dropped the wall on my toe and my nail came off!”

Senior cast member Maddie Erb said hers was “when Andrea, Sophie, and I thought it would be a good idea to walk from one building on the Columbus Central campus to another, barefoot, while it was snowing at districts.”

            Although the program will be losing some amazing actors next year, according to Redmond, One Act still has many stars for the future.

“Through hard work, team morale, and extreme talent, West Point Beemer’s One Act has certainly become a force to be reckoned with,” stated Wiechman.


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