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Three featured in One-Act Play Festival

The district's three high school theater programs will unite to showcase their one-act plays Jan. 20.

The plays "Crimes of the Heart," "Flaming Idiots," and "Dracula" will be performed on the Loft Stage at East Ridge.

"One-acts are actually notorious for not being very well-attended to be honest since they are shortened versions," said East Ridge one-act director Katie Carlson. "It was a really good idea to bring all the schools together to get more people in the seats. People are more willing to spend money to go see three shows as opposed to just one."

Park's one-act play "Flaming Idiots" is a slapstick comedy show. Woodbury high school's one-act play "Crimes of the Heart" is a female-oriented drama in the vein of "Steel Magnolias."

Carlson said she chose "Dracula" because of the appeal of vampires.

"I hate to say this because I'm not necessarily a 'Twilight' fan, but 'Twilight' kind of did it because vampires are like the hot thing," she said.

Carlson said that in addition to hopefully drawing larger crowds, the idea of uniting the schools also inspired the one-act festival.

"It's nice to see everyone doing something together," she said. "The festival is really going to prove to the students that they do have wonderful shows and we're all here to support you."

The decision to have it at the Loft Stage just seemed natural because it is a community space, Carlson said.

"Yes it is East Ridge's building, but it's open for the community," she said.

There might be a hint of competition at the event because the three plays will ultimately face each other in order to move forward in Minnesota's one-act play competition.

"It's kind of the nature of the beast with one-acts," Carlson said.

However, Carlson said bringing the schools together for a public show, outside the competition, will encourage students to appreciate each other's show and not compare themselves to each other.

"Starting off the season before we even compete to just have this performance to celebrate the three schools is going to be a really positive thing for the district," Carlson said. "It will kind of wet our feet before we actually get into the competition with the other schools."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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