On Friday November 12th and 7 PM the Chadron High School one act team will present their performance of their competition piece “Crimes at the Old Brewery” by Tim Kelly.
The play is set in in the mid 1800s in a tenement house in New York City, where murderers, robbers, and assorted villains rule. Jack O’Lantern, the head of the criminals, rules the tenants. No crime is too much for him. Complications arise for this leader when the “Illustrated Police Gazette” plants a reporter within the Old Brewery that informs the public of the wretchedness of the building.
When Jack kidnaps the beautiful Irene Felton he makes a fatal mistake. The Committee for the Suppression of Crime and Vice decides the building must be destroyed. When Jack tries to solve the problem to his own benefit, the walls come tumbling down.
The Old Brewery is not a fictional place. It was a condemned brewery in 1837 and transformed into a tenement house. Some accounts state that over 1,000 people were crowded into its walls. The building was located in New York’s toughest crime area, the notorious Five Points District of Lower Manhattan. Public outrage and the “Illustrated Police Gazette” caused The Old Brewery to be torn down in 1852.
The one act team will also perform in Alliance at the Western Conference Meet on Saturday Nov. 13 and the Gering Bulldog Festival on Nov. 20. The team’s district competition will be Saturday December 4 in Gothenburg against seven other teams.
Crimes at the Old Brewery
Directors: Jill Paopao and Rebecca Dubs
Mohawk: Naomie Elliott
The Rat: Cody Kahl
Drunken Sailor: Uzziah Schwartz
Pretty Polly: Maralee Rischling
Margaret: Kaylee Hughes
Apple Woman: Ayla Kephart
Man: Thomas Kaus
Rev. Wilkes: Trace White
Mrs. Wilkes: Blaine Tewehade
Mrs. Vanderbeek: Natalie Carattini
Inspector Burns: Luke Kahl
Blind Alice: Averielle Sager
Jack O’Lantern: Aidan Dressel
Deadleg/Bob Hood: Jamie McKinnon
Bridget Cole: Emma Peters
Irene Felton: Jacee Bates
Fashionable Lady: Sophia Oladimeji
Residents of the Old Brewery:
Alex Williams Hardy
Stage Manager: Brendilou Armstrong
Assistant Stage Manager: Brooklyn Kugler
Props Manager: Aspen Graves
Lights and Sound: Tyler Kaus
Set/Stage Crew: Kristin Rasmussen
Hair/Makeup: Addie Diers