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Morris Area takes first place in subsection one act competition

The Morris Area one act play, “The House of Atreus,” was written by 2012 MAHS graduate Thomas McPhee. The cast includes (from left) Hailey Thielke, Annie Brandt, Megan Gillespie (behind) Midori Soderberg, Jessica Burks, Rachel Rausch, April Jerkas, Jacob Grunklee, Kate Folkman, and Katie Ohren. Not pictured are Michaela Jarvis, William Strand, and Amber Logan along with crew members Chase Mohrman and Agnes Dieter.

MORRIS -- Morris Area High School took first place at the sub-section one act competition on Saturday, Feb. 1 and will advance to the section tournament on Feb. 8 in Sauk Centre.

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg took second place and will also advance to the section competition. Hancock took third place and Benson placed fourth. 

This year, Morris Area students performed an original play that harkens back to the Greek tragedies.

The House of Atreus, written by Thomas McPhee, an Morris Area High School alum and current theatre and writing student at Hampshire college in Amherst, Mass., is a Greek tragedy involving the family of Trojan War hero Agamemnon. Agamemnon plays a pivotal role in The Iliad and The Odyssey, but this play explores the regrets and torments of his children, all of whom suffer from his arrogance.

Agamemnon's children – Iphigenia (Jessica Burks), Electra (April Jyrkas), Orestes (Michaela Jarvis), and Chrysothemis (Rachel Rausch) – accept fate rather than challenge it, and each has their own penitent story to tell.

In addition, the chorus includes William Strand, Annie Brandt, Megan Gillespie, Amber Logan, Kate Folkman, Hailey Thielke, Jacob Grunklee, Katie Ohren and Midori Soderberg. Lights and tech will be organized by Chase Mohrman and Agnes Dieter. The show is directed by Seth Kelly, with technical director Amanda Nygaard.

Kim Ukura

Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting. 

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