PiM Arts High School will stage its award-winning performance of Kimberly Belflower’s “Lost Girl” at the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) One Act Play state tournament competition this Friday, Feb. 9.
PiM qualified for state after winning first place in Section 6AA finals, which were held on Feb. 3 at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield.
“Lost Girl” tells the story of Wendy Darling’s life in the years after her adventures with Peter Pan. Seventeen cast and crew from PiM have worked for two months to prepare the play for competition.
Rachel Brady, the play’s director, explained that a one-act play differs from a fall play or musical because it is performed as part of a competition with specific rules. “There is a set of requirements for time; no play can be over 35 minutes, and (there are) specific do’s and don’ts for the technical side of things,” she said.
Although the One Act Play tournament can be “a very tense and nerve-wracking experience,” she said the best part is “the friendly and inviting atmosphere that happens at the competition. Everyone is there to support each other and share their artistry. It is such a great experience for the students.”
Sixteen productions will be staged at the 2024 MSHSL One Act Play State Festival, to be held Feb. 8-9 at The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium on the campus of St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul. Class A productions will be staged on Thursday, and Class AA performances will follow on Friday.
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