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Rugby Wins Regional Play Contest

By Staff | Nov 20, 2015

After winning the regional contest, Rugby's One Act play team will head to Jamestown to compete in the state competition.

The Rugby High School One-Act play team took first place out of eight teams during the Region 4 One-Act play contest Thursday, Nov. 5 at Rugby High School.

RHS’s play, “Caution: Politricks” by Alan Haehnel, had the edge over Starkweather High School’s production of Bryan Starchman’s “The Pitch”. However, Starkweather saw two of its cast members, seniors Presley Morstad and Brenna Logie, receive Superior Actor Awards.

With the win, Rugby will compete at the State Class B contest on Nov. 23-24 at Jamestown University. They will compete with the best of the best from the nine other regions in Class B.

“There have been some bumps in the road this year, but the kids stepped up,” said Rugby head coach Jill Roberts. “They met the challenges, and gave it their all, even though-I think-none of them expected to go to State this year for all the setbacks we endured. But these kids are amazing. They worked their tails off, and they were every bit as good as the Judges believed they were. I’m so proud of them, and we’re so excited to be going to State!”

Cast members for Rugby’s play were: Thor Skjelver, Brett Berginski, John Mueller, Jacob Christianson, Madalyn Pretzer, Alissa Volk, Elizabeth Skjelver, Isaiah Johnson, Kaitlyn Boucher, Maria Mack, Aleah Oksdendahl, Lillian Schmidt, Alexandra Klein and Beth Boucher.

“They are involved in so many other things–Cheer, Volleyball, Football, FFA, Speech–but at rehearsal and in performance they always give 100%,” Roberts said of the cast. “Some of them are seasoned actors. Some of them have never been onstage in their lives. All of them rose to the challenges and held on through the almost-disasters. They worked hard, and they made it happen.”

Roberts said one-act play participants learn several skills as they compete.

“Theater is about affecting an audience whether it is making them laugh or getting them to think about something in a different way. In High School One Act, kids learn how to do that,” Roberts said. “They learn not only reading comprehension as they study their lines, but communication skills as they learn how to convey the story they are trying to tell together. Their confidence grows as they are joined and supported by their peers. Most importantly, I think, is that they learn to step into another’s shoes. Theater can encourage empathy and understanding, which, I think, are important things for them to have in order for them to shape a better future.

The last time Rugby won a state championship for one-act plays was in 1996.

– Tribune Staff Report

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