KAHS Speech Dept. and One-Act Play

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Unrequited love. Geisha. Pearl Harbor. Nagasaki. Death. Dishonor. These were the elements embodied by "Butterfly," the One Act play Kimball Area High School students prepared for subsection competition Saturday, Jan. 28, at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School. Kimball's One Act play entry, an adaptation of the opera "Madame Butterfly," placed fourth out of eight entries, and Chelsey Maus won a "Starred Performance" from the judges for her portrayal of Butterfly. She was one of two students honored that day.

The One Act Play cast and crew will be presenting a public performance of "Butterfly" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, in the high school cafetorium. Admittance will be free-will donations. Proceeds will help with the expenses of One Act Play.

"Butterfly" begins in the days before America enters the war in Europe, with an American military officer, Phillip Trader (Jonathan Bisila), marrying a young geisha, Butterfly (Chelsey Maus). His commitment to the relationship is obviously flimsy, while her love for her husband is all-consuming. As the second scene opens, Dec. 6, 1941, it has been three years since their marriage, and Butterfly still waits for the return of Trader. When the American consulate Faubion (Logan Bartholomew) comes with news that Trader will not be returning, Butterfly implores him to tell Trader of their son (Hannah Bisila). Her maidservant, Sewamono (Johnna Johnson-Talbot) and Meiji the matchmaker (Kenzie Traurig) try in their seperate ways to convince Butterfly to move on, but she is steadfast and sure of Trader's return. In a drum-and-movement scene, we witness the war in the Pacific, culminating in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States. Butterfly's son is mortally injured in the attack, and she is forced to end his suffering. In the final scene, Phillip Trader returns for his son with his wife, Boleyn (Janessa Dahle), only to receive devastating news.

Supporting cast members include: Caleb Anderson, Mitch Hurrle, Megan Bisila, Mine Phensri, Tess Vossen, Katelyn Asfeld, and Alex Harter. Crew included Camen Miles, Kaylyn Mancini, Holly Dahlinger, Raven Koltes, and Cat Carr.


The warm temperatures have us very confused, it hardly feels like speech season is upon us, and yet here we have two meets already under our belts.

A small contingency first traveled to Annandale's Round Robin tournament, leaving much of the team behind because of One Act practice and sports conflicts. Katelin Lichte started off strong in Extemporaneous Speaking, earning 3As and a Best at Site award. Olivia Straley also earned three As in Storytelling, while Shota Kuprava earned 2As/1B in Discussion and Blake Fox earned 2As/1B in Extemporaneous Reading.

This past Saturday, Feb. 4,

11 students attended the Albany Invitational. We had a great showing, earning First Place in the small team division.

Individuals who brought home recognitions are Alissa Jones, second-place Extemporaneous Reading; Katelin Lichte, second-place Extemporaneous Speaking; Chelsey Maus, third-place Serious Prose; Shota Kuprava, fourth-place Discussion; Olivia Straley, fourth-place Storytelling; and Maicy Vossen, sixth-place Creative Expression. (See photo on page 5.)

This week, Feb. 11, the (whole) team travels to Ogilvie. The bus leaves at 6:20 a.m. from the front of the high school.

Please join us Sunday, Feb. 12, for the Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $7/K-adult and pre-K $3, and all proceeds benefit the KAHS Speech Team. Consider staying (or returning) for the One Act Play performance of "Butterfly" at 2 p.m.