One Act Places First – The Perspectives of the Cast

The cast of the One Act in costume and ready to go for another performance.

The cast of the One Act in costume and ready to go for another performance.


The Chanhassen High School One Act, “Shape of the Grave,” places first at subsections and advances to sections. This victory means that Chanhassen takes the win from Minnetonka for the first time ever. 

Two weekends ago, Chanhassen’s One Act performed at subsections at Chanhassen High School and placed first out of the six competing schools. This victory means that Minnetonka has at last been defeated. This marks Chanhassen’s first win against them since they have been competing, according to Randy Herget, the director of the One Act. “It was the coolest feeling that our story impacted people and we did it justice,” says cast member Rachel Hoppe. 

The cast feels that they have put together a strong show that they can all be proud of, which led to their win. Another member of the cast, Avery Chatfield, says, “We’re more of a team than a cast and crew as we travel together and cheer each other on! The passion is through the roof and we are so committed to this show.” The intimate and committed cast has dedicated much of their time toward making this show the best it can possibly be, and their hard work has paid off.

“Shape of the Grave” is written by Laura Lundgren Smith and follows Colleen and her family’s struggles in Northern Ireland as they fight for independence from Britain. The play shows the struggles and realism of people in a time of political unrest, a heavy topic which the cast takes very seriously.  “It’s a real story we are up there telling,” says Chatfield. “Our message is for an audience of real people who have suffered and lost.” This understanding of the weight of the topic they are portraying up on stage has brought the cast their success.

The cast performed at sections this weekend, hoping for first place to move on to state. Unfortunately, they placed fourth, but they all are very proud of the work they have done. “[Our] wonderful One Act team creates an incredible show and tells a story that needs to be told,” says Chatfield. 

Despite not moving on to state, the cast of the One Act looks forward to their performances at Drama and Desserts on Monday, February 24th and in Indiana as a part of the International Thespian Festival this summer.