“The Arkansas Bear” In Pine City On Friday Night
Director Brad Mariska will appear as a guest with “Jesse and Laura” on Wednesday afternoon around 4:30. He will talk about “The Arkansas Bear” among other topics.
Pine City, two-time defending One-Act Play Sub-Section Champions, look to defend their title with the children’s play “The Arkansaw Bear” this coming weekend. The talented cast of 11 will give their public
performance for local audiences this Friday at 7pm at the Pine City
Elementary Auditorium and then compete on Saturday against five other schools in the Sub-Section 4A North Festival.
Last week, the student actors traveled to festivals in Sauk Rapids and
Cambridge and performed with some of the state’s top theatre programs,
including Eveleth-Gilbert, Sartell, and Cambridge-Isanti. These
competitions prove crucial when it comes to Saturday’s contest. Pine City
is again aligned in one of the toughest Sub-Sections in the state, with
perennial powers Mora and Milaca – Mora advanced to the state finals last
year and Milaca the year before.
This year’s one-act is a beautiful children’s play by Aurand Harris and
stars some of Pine City’s most talented and experienced actors, including
seniors Aaron Nisley, Josh Palmer, and Emma Briski. The show also
features a unique twist – a musical score arranged by director Brad
Mariska that is performed live on stage by the student actors.
Pine City has advanced to Sections each of the past three years under
Mariska’s direction, with “A Thousand Cranes” in 2008, “All in the Timing”
in 2009, and last year’s “The Exonerated.” If Pine City places first or
second on Saturday, they will earn a trip to the Section Finals at St.
Paul Harding on Saturday, February 5.
Admission to Friday night’s performance is only $1, with proceeds being
donated to the Pine Community Food Shelf.