The Eden Valley-Watkins High School Drama Club at last performed their One-Act play, “Eleemosynary” for the public Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9.
The first scheduled performance was for the high school two weeks ago, but one of the three main actors lost her voice and it was cancelled. That Sunday’s public performance was postponed because of the bitter cold and driving snow.
This Sunday’s performance was still cold, but the weather was a bit more cooperative.
“Eleemosynary” is a real word; it means charitable. The title comes from the youngest character having won a Spelling Bee with this word.
“Eleemosynary” was written by Lee Blessing, a Minnesota born-and-raised playwright. He wrote a compelling story about three generations of women who struggled to find their own selves and to make peace with their relationships with each other.
The grandmother, played by Madi Field, was a headstrong and intelligent young woman at a time when that was unseemly. Instead of college, she was married off. Her intellect was focused on her children and later her granddaughter. She also chose to become “eccentric” which made her life bearable and even happy.
Her only daughter, played by Anne Benson, always felt out of place with her eccentric mother. They never communicated well. When she herself had a daughter at 18, she left the baby with her mother to raise.
The granddaughter, played by Heidi Geislinger, is intelligent like her mother and grandmother. It is she who is able to bring the generations together after her grandmother suffers a stroke and then dies.
The whole play takes place after the grandmother’s stroke. The story is told through flashbacks and monologues.
The three principal actresses did a great job portraying these troubled women who find their way to each other in spite of so many missteps along the way.
This was the first performance in the newly renovated stage in the Auxiliary Gym at the high school. New lights and a new sound system were part of the school’s construction program last year.
Director Vicki Meyer particularly thanked former superintendent Larry Peterson and former school board member and chair Frank Eder for their tireless work over 20 years to resolve the lighting and sound problems on the stage. Both men were in the audience, and they were very pleased with the results Sunday.
The cast of “Eleemosynary” presented director Vicki Meyer with flowers after their final performance, for the public Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9. The Eden Valley-Watkins One-Act took third at subsections in Sauk Centre Saturday, Feb. 8. (See more photos from the play in the Photo Gallery at www.tricountynews.mn.) Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
The cast of “Eleemosynary,” the 2014 EV-W One-Act play: (front row, left to right) Emma Roy, Brooke Geislinger, Madi Field, Heidi Geislinger, Anne Benson, and Everett Eken; (back row) Joey Kuechle, Eryn Eken, Jasmine Miller, Dyani Acosta, Nathan Utecht, Kaitlyn Gruber, Nick Block, Emily Sieben, and director Vicki Meyer.
Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.