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RHS competes at state one-act play competition

By Staff | Dec 6, 2019

The Rugby High School One-Act Play team traveled to the University of Jamestown on Nov. 25 for the 2019 North Dakota High School Activities Association State Class B One-Act Play Contest.

Coach Michael Hurly told the Tribune via electronic message, “We didn’t get to the final round.”

However, he added, “I’m very proud of the girls! They were excellent.”

The all-girl team performed a play by Kamron Klitgaard called “Cheating Death.”

The play is set in a mental hospital where a group of patients meets “Death” in person and plays tricks on her.

RHS senior Kate Heidlebaugh played the character called “Death,” whom she portrayed as a businesslike grim reaper.

Heidlebaugh received a 2019 Superior Actor Award for her performance.

“I’ve gotten a superior actor award for the past three years at regionals and I also got it for the past three years at state, so I was kind of at a three-peat,” Heidlebaugh said with a smile.

Heidlebaugh said she and the team had hoped for a better score from competition judges.

“We didn’t final even though we were pretty optimistic we had a chance this year. We were disappointed, a lot,” she said.

“I thought we did amazing,” Heidlebaugh said of her team’s performance. “That was the best we’ve ever done. We had high energy all the way through. Everyone really nailed their characters when it came to it. That was the best we could have performed.”

Heidlebaugh said she was “very proud” of her team. “I love them all, and I’ve been in one-act and speech with them for many years. I’m a senior. They’ve been my teammates forever now, and I’m really proud of them. It really ended with a bang, even if state didn’t end the way we wanted it to.”

Heidlebaugh said she has plans for college after she graduates from Rugby High, although she’s thinking of making theater her minor.

“I want to go to New York,” Heidlebaugh said. “I want to see something bigger, you know, see some sights. I will probably pursue law or become a speech pathologist,” Heidlebaugh said.

“If I don’t like either one of those, I might go into theater. Just do it!” She added with a laugh.

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