2/14/2018 3:34:00 PM No star, but Triton One-Act still shines at State
By Ruth Hanson
When John Schreiber first ran across the Tony award-winning play "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" based on the best-selling book by Mark Hadden, he decided he wanted to direct it someday at Triton where he is the play director.
"I thought it was a great play and I wanted to do it when the rights became available," he said. "I thought about directing it first in its full version and then later, if I could get the rights to cut it, as a one act. But when it turned out that this might be my last year and the rights became available this past fall, I decided to do it now."
The play first starred at the Hiawatha Valley League Conference Festival, then took first place in the subsection competition, then first in the section finals, where it advanced to the State Festival last Friday at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.
"Performing at the State Festival is a really fantastic experience," Mr. Schreiber said. "The students represented Triton well, very professionally. Lots of people in the audience were moved by the play and told us about how they were impressed with the production. It was also encouraging to see Triton family and friends able to get the day off to see it."
Four of the eight plays won stars, but not Triton. "It's very difficult at the State to star," John Schreiber explained. "Judges are seeing the best eight schools in the state and they have to pick the ones that, in their minds, shine brightest. It's like judging any art from paintings to movies. How does a judge determine which film truly gets Best Picture at the Academy Awards?"
"I thought that today was the cast's strongest performance," Anne Schreiber, John's daughter and the assistant director, said. "They put their heart into every scene and played up the emotion of every character. We were grateful to have the chance of performing at State and it's a memory the students (and their directors) will take with them for the rest of their lives. Overall they were a wonderful group of students to work with, and it was so neat to see how far they grew as actors through this experience."
"I really liked being in this play," Hunter Welch, who did a sensational job playing the lead part of Christopher, said. "It was a lot of work, but Mr. Schreiber and Ms. Schreiber do marvelous work. It was such an amazing cast. I will remember this for the rest of my life. It was the best... just playing a character that I could play respectfully and to its fullest."
Shelby Malony, who played Siobhan, said, "We gave it our all and it went very well. It felt like I was living the character."
Noah Woxland, who played Christopher's father, said that he liked the challenge of playing a character that was different from him. "He really was very different from me with different values," he said. "I will remember this play forever."
Almost all of the cast members will begin their next theatrical adventure as they begin rehearsing the Triton spring musical, "Bye, Bye, Birdie," this week. It will be directed by Anne Schreiber with the assistance of Kim Jensch, Karen Kleinwort, and John Schreiber and will be presented the first week in April.