The Triton cast of "John Brown's Body" celebrates its first place win at subsections in Steartville on Saturday. Front from leftJacqi Barber, Jake Wobbrock, Gavin Johnson, Amanda Groll, Amber Miosi, Devin Thomas. (2nd row) Director John Schreiber, Preston Pflaum, Shania Wojtowitz, Rachel Putnam (3rd row) Brandon Utech, Jacob Knutson, Davis Cieslinski, Matthew Kramer, Amanda Oakland. Not pictured: Nathan Johnson. Photo submitted
Fresh from its starring performance at the Hiawatha Valley League Conference Festival, Triton High School's play "John Brown's Body" took first-place honors at the Subsection 4A One-Act Contest held at Stewartville on Saturday. Triton advances to Section Finals at St. Mary's in Winona, Saturday, January 26. Pine Island High School placed second at the contest, and Byron third.
The judges praised Triton's acting, ensemble work, technical elements, and overall style of the set and costumes. Led by senior narrators Amanda Groll and Jacqi Barber, the play is a dramatization of Stephen Vincent Benet's epic poem, "John Brown's Body." The story of the poem follows the actions of Abolitionist John Brown and the consequences of his-and, later, Abraham Lincoln's-actions: the Civil War. Other cast and crew are Preston Pflaum, Gavin Johnson, Rachel Putnam, Jacob Knutson, Jake Wobbrock, Matthew Kramer, Amber Miosi, Shania Wojtowicz, Nathan Johnson, Amanda Oakland, Davis Cieslinksi, Devin Schallert-Thomas, Brad Janssen, and Brandon Utech.
"The cast knew the scoring would be tight among the first three plays," director John Schreiber said, "but we were pleased to have a unanimous first place. There will be no weak plays at the Section, and the cast and crew will do its best to keep Triton in the running."
For many of the past years, Triton has placed at Sections. "I've only taken three casts to the State Festival. It would be nice to make it there again, but at this point," Schreiber explained, "it's really up to the judges' preferences. The students can only control their own performance-not the results. First and foremost, the one-act should be about education, not winning, and I can say with complete confidence, that this cast has demonstrated that they have learned a tremendous amount about theater, about poetry, and about history."