PCHS To Present “The Arkansaw Bear” One Act Play
Fresh on the heels of their most successful fall musical ever, Pine City High School has announced its selection for the Minnesota State High
School League’s One-Act Play competition, a beautiful and emotional
children’s play entitled “The Arkansaw Bear.” Written by acclaimed
children’s playwright Aurand Harris, the selection premiered at the
University of Texas in 1980 and has since become an important play for
teaching children about death, dying, and the grieving process.
The play is seen through the eyes of a young girl named Tish who learns
that her grandfather is near death. Tish is scared and confused and runs
away into the woods where she meets friends and forest creatures who teach her about about the circle of life and how to grieve when losing a loved one. The poignant story will sure to be a hit amongst students and judges alike, when the play comes to competition in late January.
The play’s director will be Brad Mariska, who has led Pine City to Section
Finals three years running. “This play is truly powerful,” says Mariska.
“It is a beautiful story that treats a difficult issue – death and dying -
in a most respectable and honorable way. Children and their parents will
be moved by the beautiful storytelling and dancing. This is one of those
shows that is unique and will remain not only in the consciousness of
those who see it, but also linger positively in the minds of the judges at
Pine City is looking to defend their Sub-Section Championship at contest
on Saturday, January 29, here in Pine City. There will also be a public
performance of “Arkansaw Bear” on Friday, January 28 at 7:00pm in the
Elementary Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and
will be available at the door.
To prepare for the public performance and Sub-Section Festival, the
students will also attend practice festivals in Sauk Rapids, Cambridge,
Casting for the show will be announced next week.