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'Said and Meant' cast headed to state festival

Park Rapids Area High School one act play participants are headed to the state one act play festival. Front (left to right): Megan Larson, Emily Schwartz, Carson Christenson, center: Nicole Petersen, Maira German, Luke Swenson, Nathan Gebhard, Alana McKeever, Samantha Workman, Sarah Bugge, back: Caroline Zwetsloot, Shannon Harris, Matthew Walker, Ben Pilkey, Jason Dennis, Jacob Froelich, Jacob Grimes, Tony Schmid, Dan Hahn, not pictured: Andrew Stewart. (Submitted photo)

The Park Rapids Area High School one-act play cast is headed to the state one-act play festival.

The one-act performance received first place out of eight at the Section A contest on Saturday. Wadena-Deer Creek received second place.

Park Rapids students performed the play "Said and Meant," a short play about language and misunderstanding by author Randy Wyatt. Juliann Kjenaas is the director and Jonathan Harrison is the technical director.

Kjenaas said the Park Rapids one-act play last went to state competition in 2002. This year, the students began rehearsing in the beginning of January and have worked hard, she said.

"The judges really liked the writing and the students did a great job," Kjenaas said.

Twenty students are included in the cast of "Said and Meant."

Part of the success of this year's one-act is also the support of the parents and the community, Kjenaas said.

"It's just a really fun, smartly-written script too," she said.

Students will perform at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13.

At the state one-act play festival, students can receive a "starred" performance but are not in direct competition with other students. Class AA will perform Thursday and Class A will perform Friday.

Tickets for the state festival will be sold at the O'Shaughnessy Ticket Office at College of St. Catherine. There will be no advance sale of tickets.

Each One Act Play Festival (Class A and Class AA) will be divided into four (4) sessions of two plays each. There will be an admission charge of $5 for adults and students for each of the four sessions of the Class A and Class AA One Act Play Festival.

A daily pass is also available for $15.