• Joshua Strong

Minot State Student Documents an Alumni’s Original Play


“Honeymoon in Minot” a play written by Minot State alumnus Dan Fagan took the stage of Aleishire Theater April 11. The play, directed by Aili Smith, associate professor of theatre and comm arts, featured a cast of Minot State students, alumni, and faculty.

“It’s a very simple yet complex plot that revolves around a newlywed couple who are on their way to their honeymoon in Florida. They experience turbulence, which lands them in Minot, hence the name ‘Honeymoon in Minot,’” Smith said.

Jayrn Homiston, a senior majoring in broadcasting and professional communications, captured all the behind the scenes moments in an effort to create a documentary on the play’s entire development and staging.

“I wanted to try something different. I also needed some theatre credits and, luckily, I was able to do this as an independent study. It’s really awesome that everything aligned,” Homiston said. “With all the talent we have here at Minot State — the writing, directing, and actors — it would have almost been irresponsible not to showcase everything we can do with an original play.”

“He (Homiston) came in with some advisee questions about completing a theatre concentration, and, after that, the idea of him documenting a theatre process took off from there,” Smith said.

Homiston said his challenge was to capture the essence of the moments as they happen without foresight.

“It has been hard for me with only one camera to be pointing at the right thing or moment at the right time,” Homiston said.

“The cast has been my favorite part, simply because they have been so high spirited. They’ve become real friends more than just a cast, and that’s been really cool to see.”

According to Smith, the addition of a behind the scenes camera has not affected the atmosphere of the cast during rehearsals.

“I think the actors have embraced it. They have adapted extremely well; I have not seen any insecurities of them being recorded,” Smith said. “I think its been a pretty unique experience for them.”

Homiston plans to have the documentary complete soon after the play’s debut wraps up.


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