WDC's one-act play earns first-place at Sections, advances to State Festival!
Wadena-Deer Creek’s one-act play was crowned Section 6A champions on Saturday in Hawley, earning a trip to the State One-Act Festival in St. Paul next week.
“They did wonderful! They nailed it!” said an estatic Jay Patterson, WDC’s one-act director.
The cast of performers include: Samantha Kirkland, David Wegscheid, Michael Small, Alyssa Gilster, Isaac Berger, Hope Norenberg, Hope Dumpprope, Taylor Dirks, Grace Mertens, Michael Schmidt, Esther Berger, Devyn Norenberg, Anissa Mench, Beth Schmitz, Mitchel Haman and Liz Peterson. Technical crew members include: Derek Plautz, Logan Taggart and Jasmyn Wood.
At Sections, Eagle Valley took second, followed by Hawley in third and Park Rapids earned fourth.
WDC is one of 16 one-act plays from around the state who will perform on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 12 and 13, at St. Catherine University’s O’Shaughnessy Auditorium. WDC will perform at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12 and Patterson couldn’t be happier with this time slot.
“This will give the students a chance to relax most of the day and then prepare in the afternoon,” Patterson said.
This is WDC’s 11th appearance at the state festival. They earned starred performances in 2007, 2006, 2002, 2001, and 1998. Since 1992, Patterson has served as drama director at WDC.
Patterson describes WDC’s version of “The Chair Play” as one that explores the principles of economics in a fast-paced format, along with one constant stage prop -- a chair. The cast is dressed in unique and striking black-and-white costumes with white faces.
Patterson does write the majority of WDC’s one-act plays, however, this year’s “The Chair Play” was written by Alan Haehnel, a Vermont English and drama teacher. But with permission from the playwright, Patterson cut scenes 16 and 17 and wrote a new, surprise ending.
Patterson said a “send-off” performance of “The Chair Play” will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. The evening will also include a “Parent Appreciation Night.” Admission is free.