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A comedy with a dark side at RHS

Babe Botrelle, played by Delaney Wier, mixes up some lemonade while talking to her sister, Lenny Magrath, played be Alexa Monn.1 / 2
Alexa Monn, who plays Lenny, talks with cousin Chick Boyle, played by Jessica Hanley.2 / 2

Peter Wallin and Hannah Nelson both hoped to be on stage when Rosemount High School's fall play debuted this weekend, but both RHS students are discovering that life behind the scenes suits them well.

Wallin and Nelson both auditioned for Crimes of the Heart, the play that will open Friday night on the performing arts center stage, but instead of starring roles they were cast as student directors. It's their job to watch rehearsals and take notes. They let the actors know if they're smiling when they should be acting somber, or if they forget lines. They're also responsible for finding props and what they describe as "miscellaneous chores."

"We get to work with everyone," Nelson said.

Both Nelson and Wallin are happy with the way things are coming together for Crimes of the Heart, a 1981 Pulitzer Prize winner about three sisters who come together to await news of their grandfather, who is living out the end of his life in a hospital in Hazelhurst, Miss. The sisters are also dealing with the legal troubles of Babe, the youngest, who is out on bail after shooting her husband in the stomach.

Despite that description, the play is a comedy.

"It's a little dark, but everyone needs that once in a while," Nelson said.

Students have been working on the play since the beginning of the school year and by early this week were "tweaking" performances.

"All the actors are really good," Nelson said.

Crimes of the Heart will be on stage at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. Oct. 14. Tickets are available at or by calling 651-683-6969 x37540.