Three Friends School of Minnesota alumni took to the stage on November 22 and 23, 2013, as part of St. Paul Academy‘s production of Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle. Written in 1944 and first performed at Carleton College, this dark and complex play is ultimately a fable about land ownership told through a dispute over parentage of a child.

In the play, set to original music, Evan Leduc (FSM Class of 2011), one of the main characters and vocalists, played a soldier torn from his girlfriend to serve in a meaningless war.

Friends School of Minnesota alumnus Evan Leduc (back) in St. Paul Academy's production of <i>Caucasian Chalk Circle.</i>
Friends School of Minnesota alumnus Evan Leduc (back) in St. Paul Academy’s production of Caucasian Chalk Circle.

 

Ingrid Topp-Johnson (FSM Class of 2012) played the comic role of a noblewoman fleeing the conflict.

Friends School of Minnesota alumna Ingrid Topp-Johnson (back) in St. Paul Academy's production  of <em>Caucasian Chalk Circle</em>.
Friends School of Minnesota alumna Ingrid Topp-Johnson (back) in St. Paul Academy’s production  of Caucasian Chalk Circle.

 

Riley Wheaton (Class of 2012) played a soldier abused and demeaned by a sadistic sergeant. Riley noted that while the large cast (38 actors) struggled with the dark and sometimes violent tone of the play and the challenging vocals, the play came together beautifully at the end and everyone felt good about how it had gone.

Friends School of Minnesota alumnus Riley Wheaton (front) in St. Paul Academy’s production St. Paul Academy’s production of  Caucasian Chalk Circle.

 

St. Paul Academy will produce one acts in the winter and a musical in the spring, and all three Friends School of Minnesota alumni will likely take the stage again. The productions are free to the public an all are welcome!

St. Paul Academy’s arts events calendar. 

Thank you to David Wheaton for the photos!

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Highland Senior High School freshman Zach Sain (Friend School of Minnesota Class of 2013) is starring as Shrek in Shrek the Musical at the St. Paul Jewish Community Center:

  • Thursday, December 12 • 7 pm
  • Saturday, December 14 • 7 pm
  • Sunday, December 15 • 3 pm

Student tickets $6, adult $8

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