Pine City Takes Top Spot in One Act Play Fesitval

Saturday, January 31st, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Pine City High School’s production of “All in the Timing” took first place
at Sub-Section One-Act Play Festival at Harding High School in St. Paul on
Saturday. This is the second year in a row the local student actors have
advanced to sections.

The students will perform again next Saturday, February 7 at 4:30pm at
East Central High School in Sandstone. This event is open to the public
and the community is encouraged to attend. The winner of Saturday’s event
will advance to the State Festival.

Pine City’s production of “All in the Timing” is a comedy consisting of
several short, unrelated plays that depend upon a fascinating blend of
wordplay, wit, and physical humor to entertain audiences – and judges,
too, it seems. At Saturday’s contest, Pine City defeated schools such as
St. Paul Harding, Main Street School for the Performing Arts, Holy Family
Catholic, and others.

Judges award the top prize to Pine City for its excellence in a variety of
categories including characterization, vocal quality, technical elements,
and overall effectiveness. According to one judge, Pine City’s
performance was “powerful” and “visually perfect.” In critiquing the cast
after their performance, the adjudicator said, “I just kept looking for
weaknesses – and couldn’t find any.”

Members of the championship team are cast members Trevor Clune, Christine
Kraft, Andrew Cox, Kayla Defenbaugh, Josh Palmer, David White, Nick Basta,
Bri Engh, Isaac Johnson, Emma Briski, Leah Schminkey, and Shauna Cronk.
Crew members are Emily Hill, David Kleppe, Travis Swanson, and Jorie
Williamson. The play is directed by Brad Mariska.

The students will also present “All in the Timing” this Friday, February 6
at 7:00pm in the Pine City Elementary Auditorium. Audiences will also see
a special presentation of the one-woman show “The Search for Signs of
Intelligent Life in the Universe” performed by senior Sarah Odendahl.
Tickets are available from cast members or will also be available at the

1 Comment

  1. Steve Dick 05/22/09 at 11:12am

    This is a great group of kids who love what they do and also love their teacher, Mr Mariska. He gets the most out of them. Way to go!!!!

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