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One-Act play takes sixth at state competition

By Staff | Dec 12, 2014

The Rugby High School One-Act Play team cried “havoc” and let slip the dogs of war at the State Class B One-Act Play Contest Nov. 24 and 25 in Jamestown. The team made finals, taking sixth place.

“Through everything, rehearsals to performances, the kids worked so hard,” said Jill Roberts, Rugby’s One-Act coach. “It takes a lot of work, but it also takes courage for them to get up there in front of a bunch of people dressed in ridiculous costumes and makeup. Still they took direction incredibly well and contributed with enthusiasm and diligence.”

Senior cast member ReeAnn Christianson took home a Superior Actor Award – an award in which actors and actresses are deemed outstanding by judges.

“At first I was somewhat shocked,” Christianson said. “I never thought I would get something like this, because there are a lot of really talented people there (at State One-Act).”

Roberts added: “ReeAnn was one of my busiest students, being involved in both Cross Country and Volleyball. But even when she came to practice exhausted, she still gave 110 percent.”

The team performed the play “Shakespeare Unbound” – a play about a girl who unwittingly brings characters from some of William Shakespeare’s plays to life after ripping pages from a book.

Cast members also helped bring the production to life in other ways. Freshman Elizabeth Skjelver helped with makeup and costuming, and freshman Kaitlyn Boucher helped paint the set.

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