Park Rapids returns to state one-act play festival

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The Park Rapids Area High School (PRAHS) drama department holds the state record for taking one-act plays to state competition.

They earned another trip to St. Paul by winning first place at the Section 6A contest, held Feb. 3 in Park Rapids.

Bertha-Hewitt took second place.

PRAHS will be one of eight Single A schools performing at the Minnesota State High School League One-Act Play Festival on the O'Shaughnessy stage at St. Catherine's University. Park Rapids competes at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9.

They are performing "Journey to the World's Edge," a tale about a young, Irish lass who has a misshapen foot. Shunned and isolated, Brigid Shawn O'Grady desires to be "normal." With the help of a legendary Sea Mother, she embarks on an adventure, encountering magical creatures like kelpies, giants and bog serpents. A magical bard's rod points Brigid to the well at the world's edge, where she will find a sage who will answer her plea.

Steeped in Irish culture and legends, "Journey to the World's Edge" was written by Harry Michael Bagdasian and Ernest Joselovitz.

The Park Rapids production is directed by Juliann Kjenaas. Technical directors are Victoria Harju and Jamie Jokela, with costumes by Faith Kern. Jonathan Harrison serves as technical consultant.