Area schools compete during one-act festival; Chadron finishes first

November 13, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — Scottsbluff High School hosted the Western Conference Play Production Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10. Five teams graced the stage, with four teams competing in the festival.

Scottsbluff’s junior varsity one-act students performed an exhibition of “Zeus on the Loose” to open the festival at 8 a.m. The performance followed the search for Zeus, played by Lola Sabala, as the family came together to decide who was best fit to find Zeus.

Following the performance, Gering High School took the stage in the Hazel Turner adaptation of Candide.

Prior to the festival, Director Jennifer Dillinger said the students have rehearsed three days a week since mid-September. She said they chose the show Candide, written by Voltaire in the 1700s. Dillinger also wanted to highlight the students’ talents.

“Our show, Candide, was chosen for it’s literary merit and for the fact that is is a comedy, and we currently have some very talented comedic actors and actresses,” said Dillinger. “I thought this would be a fun challenge for the Gering students.”

Gering finished as the runner-up to Chadron. Two of the students, Isaiah Henderson and Olivia Longmore, were awarded Outstanding Performance awards and Cole Bevins was named the conference best actor.

“I’m very proud of how hard my students have been working,” said Dillinger. “This show has a lot of difficult elements, and they have really risen to the challenge and are working together very well.”

Mitchell High School, Scottsbluff High School, and Chadron High School also performed on Saturday.

Mitchell High School transported the audience down the rabbit hole to “The Mad Tea Party.” Director Cassie Wiegel said the festival was a good experience for the students and they received beneficial critics from the judges, so they can improve in the coming weeks.

“I thought it was a good experience for the season because, in the past, we haven’t competed in that competition,” she said. “It was a good way to open our season.”

Scottsbluff performed “Antigone” and received a superior rating from the judges. Liam Blythe, who played Creon, and Berlin Quindt, who played Antigone, were recognized for their outstanding acting performances.

Chadron’s students performed “Rosie the Riveter” and finished in first at the festival.

While every school’s one-act performance was a success on Saturday, the festival highlighted areas for improvement as the one-act season continues.

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