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MAHS to perform original Greek tragedy in 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, Minn. -- Morris Area High School is bringing an original play that harkens back to the Greek tragedies to the section One-Act tournament this year.

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.

There will be two public performances before the sub-section competition: Thursday, Jan. 30 and Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the MAHS auditorium. The students will compete in the sub-section tournament on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 12 p.m. in the MAHS auditorium.

Other teams competing on Saturday include Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (9 a.m.), Hancock (10 a.m.) and Benson (1 p.m.).