FREMONT – Even though the 24 students in Archbishop Bergan’s One-Act team had never worked with their director before, and while they may not have always liked 6 a.m. rehearsals on school days, all of their hard work paid off this week.
Archbishop Bergan finished as the C2-2 District Runner-Up for One-Act. The cast and crew traveled to Cross County on Wednesday to perform This Is Not A Pipe Dream by Barry Kornhauser. The play centers on the life and works of painter Rene Magritte. Each judge for the district competition awarded Bergan 59 out of 60 possible points for a total of 177. District Champion Cross County finished with 178 to earn the championship and qualify for the State Competition.
Chris Kabes is the new director for Bergan’s One Act, and he says he’s proud of the students and all the work they put into the production.
“We were very excited about peaking at the right time and coming together as a team. I was really proud of the kids for the way they really stepped it up over the last couple of weeks,” said Kabes. “We lost to a very solid team. I think Cross County is going to be one of the contenders at State. So to be counted up there among those ranks, we were really excited about that to finish our first year together.”
Three of Bergan’s students were selected as outstanding performers: Freshman Angelee Rump who played the part of the narrator, sophomore Brandon Wiesen who played Young Rene, and junior Garrison Mendlik who played the part of Rene Magritte’s father. The judges also were impressed and commented on the performances by seniors Brett Hilbers and Bryanna Hapke as well as the work done by the technical crew. Kabes says putting together such a production took a lot of teamwork.
“It was such a team effort this year. We were really proud of all the kids who stepped up and committed to early morning rehearsals and all the time and effort they put in,” said Kabes. “Also to our assistant coach and all of the parents that helped out as well. It was really a team effort.”
Up next for the team will be to turn their attention and focus to the Speech season. Kabes says they have a lot of great students returning to the team, and he’s looking forward to see where the season takes the students.
“We have a growing program. We’re excited about the kids we have coming back,” said Kabes. “We’ve got a couple of returning State qualifiers and also a student who was just out of the State running for last year. So we’re excited about what those three can bring to the team and also some of our newcomers as well.”
The speech team will begin attending competitions in January.