Park Rapids Area High School will give a public performance of their one-act play, “Prometheus,” written by Linda Appelblatt Barnes, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. It will be staged at the high school auditorium.

Park Rapids is also hosting the Minnesota State High School League 24A Subsection One-Act Play Competition, which is Saturday, Jan. 25, beginning at 10 a.m. Admission to the theatrical event is free and open to the public. The competition showcases six high schools: Park Rapids, Laporte, Nevis, Pillager, Menahga and Frazee.

Each one-act play will be critiqued by a panel of judges, who will score the troupes based on the strengths and weaknesses of the actors’ physical and vocal characterizations, technical elements, educational value and the overall effectiveness of the ensemble.

One-acts must be under 35 minutes and the stage has to be set up in 10 minutes or less. These are just a couple of the MSHSL rules that schools must adhere to or be disqualified.

Troupes that take first or second place at subsections will advance on to the Section 6A contest in Hawley the following Saturday, Feb. 1. Only the first-place team from the Section 6A contest will move on to the state competition Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6 and 7 at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.