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Park advances in one-act play competition

Molly Moran and Mitchell Jensen, both of Cottage Grove, compare notes during a rehearsal of “The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It” at Park High School. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)

Park High School has advanced in the Minnesota State High School League One-Act Play Competition.

Park’s production of “The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It” took first place at the sub-sectionals on Jan. 28 at Eagan High School.

Woodbury High School placed second.

The two will be among four schools who compete in the Section 3AA finals Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Tartan High School in Oakdale. The winner goes to the state festival Feb. 13-14 at St. Catherine University's O'Shaughnessy Auditorium.

Each one-act play must be under 35 minutes long. Each is judged on physical and vocal characterizations, educational value, technical elements and the overall effectiveness of the ensemble.

“The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It” chronicles one man’s attempt to stage the classic Shakespeare comedy in spite of his cast’s inexperience, egos and personal problems.

The cast includes Park High School students Justin Hiemstra, Leah Haliburton, Michaela Silvis, Tory Lowry, Jr., Mitchell Jensen, Nicholas Zamora, Molly Moran, Nathaniel L. Jensen, Ben Jemie, Brian Kuhns and Natalie Johnson.

Co-directors are Steve Estenson and Denise Atkinson.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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