Cast Announced For One-Act Play At PCHS

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 6:31 am

Casting for Pine City High School’s one-act play has been announced, with seniors Aaron Nisley (The World’s Greatest Dancing Bear) and Emma Briski (Tish) taking the leading roles. Featured roles were also awarded to senior Josh Palmer (Mime), junior Jazz Dyksman (Star Bright), and newcomer sophomore Jacob White (Young Bear). Supporting roles for cast and crew also were awarded to seniors Ariel Steele and Taylor Hanson, juniors Jorie Williamson and Rachel Sparling, and freshmen Lindsey Kline, Anthony Olson, and Ashlee Martini.

“The Arkansaw Bear” is an award-winning children’s play that tells the
touching story of a young girl coming to terms with the death of her
grandfather. Written by playwright Aurand Harris in 1980, the play has
been performed thousands of times but not recently as part of the
Minnesota State High School’s Leagues competitive One-Act Festival.
Director Brad Mariska hopes this is an advantage: “it’s always a challenge to find a meaningful and challenging script that fits your students, but you also want to find a piece that judges will find fresh and creative. This play has found great success in other states’ high school play festivals but not in Minnesota; this is hopefully the edge we need to stand out from the crowd.”

Mariska surely doesn’t have to worry about his cast’s experience. Nisley, Briski, Dyksman, and Palmer have all appeared in several of Mariska’s plays and are also successful members of the schools two-time Conference Champion speech teach. “I am so excited to work with this cast,” says the director, “these students are all hard-working and very experienced. We will be able to dig deep and perform this show at the highest level.”

Audiences can catch the play on Friday, January 28 at 7pm in the
Elementary Auditorium. Admission for that performance is only $1, which will be donated to the Pine Community Food Shelf. The students have Sub-Sections the following day, right here in Pine City, with their performance time yet to be determined.

For more information, contact Mariska at or call 320-629-4129.

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