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Hancock One act play takes third in competition

By Nicole Schmidt

On Saturday, Jan. 26,  the Hancock Theater Department competed in the Sub-Section One Act Competition.  This year, the competition was held at Morris High School.  The day was very busy, but we were still able to have a lot of fun.

We boarded the bus shortly after 7 a.m. at Hancock High School and embarked on our short trip to Morris.  After unloading our set and props back stage, we were led to our room.  We did our hair and make-up in the room before we headed out to watch the 9 a.m. play.

At 9:50 our set-up time began. According to Minnesota State High School League rules, each school is only given ten minutes to set up for their play.  If a school goes over those ten minutes, they are disqualified.  A disqualification will also occur if a play runs over the allotted 35 minutes for performance time.

Hancock students performed the play better than they had ever done before. I was very proud that they didn’t make any mistakes or miss any cues.  Their performances were genuine and authentic.

After their performance, we cleared the stage and watched Morris put on their performance.  Before going to lunch, we loaded all of our props and scenery on to the bus.  We returned to the school in time to watch the 1 p.m. play.  We cleared our room then settled in for the 2 p.m. show by Belgrade Brooten Elrosa.

The  award presentation was after the 2 p.m. show.    At 3 p.m. it was announced that Morris took second place and BBE took first  place, therefore, moving on to Sections next weekend.  After receiving the paper work, I realized that our team fell one spot short of moving on to the next round.

I was  very proud of the fact that we finished third. After the competition, we went over to Crystal Lanes and did some bowling.  Obviously, our competitive natures were still flowing.  The kids were surprised to see me knock down more pins than any of them.  

After bowling and pizza, we returned to Hancock and set up the gym and stage for our last performance of Finis.  

The last performance was even better than their performance at competition.  The Brooke’s even humored the audience with some improvisation after curtain call. Pictures with family and friends and striking the set, ended our whirlwind of a day.

Even though the kids were invested in the competition at the One Act and while bowling, I was most happy to see the students exhibit good sportsmanship continuously throughout the day. The Hancock students that were involved in One Act competition this year are some of the finest students we have in this school.  They supported and encouraged each other and behaved so well at competition, and showed the best attitudes I could ask for.