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Brenna Connolly (left) and fellow castmate Jenna Johnson put on a convincing performance during the New Richmond High School’s dress rehearsal of “The Crucible” at the New Richmond Middle School on Thursday, April 3. (From left) Emily Bierbrauer, Moriah Evans, Cailin Geise and Emily Shilts listen to the conversation between the two girls. (Photos by Jordan Willi) 1 / 7
A group of villagers mingle before the start of the lottery during the spring play “The Lottery,” which was performed by the New Richmond High School drama department, along with scenes from “The Crucible” at a dress rehearsal for the middle school students at the in the NRMS auditorium on April 3.2 / 7
New Richmond High School students (from left) Gus Franchere, Jacob Postma, Emily Bierbrauer and Christian Pancheco perform in “The Crucible” during a dress rehearsal the New Richmond Middle School on Thursday, April 3. Also pictured (from left) are Aaron Tenner and Dayton Dodge. 3 / 7
Gus Franchere’s character, Judge Danforth, questions a group of young women, including (front, from left) Moriah Evans, Jenna Johnson, (back) Madeline Kestner, Emily Shilts, Cailin Geise and Brenna Connolly during a dress rehearsal for the spring play on April 3 at the New Richmond Middle School. 4 / 7
Emily Bierbrauer (left) confesses to her wrongdoings during a dress rehearsal for “The Crucible” on April 3, at the New Richmond Middle School. (From left) Jacob Postma, Gus Franchere, Rocco Ficociello, Aaron Tenner and Christian Pacheco discuss whether they should believe Bierbrauer’s statements. 5 / 7
New Richmond High School drama students Mya Ennis (left) and Jacob Postma (right) discuss why Ennis’ character was late to the town meeting during a scene from “The Lottery” at a dress rehearsal at the New Richmond Middle School on Thursday, April 3. 6 / 7
Gus Franchere (left) calls off the name of a family, played by (from left) Mya Ennis and Jacob Postma, who have been selected to give up a family member to be the annual sacrifice, during a New Richmond High School drama department dress rehearsal at the middle school on April 3. 7 / 7

The New Richmond High School drama department put on two performances last weekend of Two One Acts: “The Lottery” with scenes from “The Crucible,” one on Friday night and the other on Saturday.

“The kids did even better than when they performed at the middle school last week,” Drama Director Katelyn Peterson said. “They did really well and gave a great show to both of the audiences this weekend.”

The two short plays were very different from anything the students had done in their recent performances, with this year’s musical being the Christmas classic “White Christmas.” According to Peterson, the students did a great job of really getting into character for the two darker, more serious plays.

“The kids definitely stepped up to this more serious play,” Peterson said. “Once they realized that this kind of play gives them a lot more freedoms as an actor, they were really able to get out of themselves and step into another character.”

Although the next drama season is still a long way off, Peterson said that next year’s musical and play will most likely be a lot happier and more comedic than “The Crucible” or “The Lottery.” However, Peterson still wants her students to be exposed to a more serious style of acting.

“It is really nice to do a more serious and dark play every now and then to give the kids a nice challenge,” Peterson said. “I want to try and do a darker play every few years to give every actor the chance to do one and have these experiences.” 

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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