CCS one-act takes first at SPVA
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Chase County Schools presented a powerful one-act play, “Beyond Tolerance,” during the SPVA one-act conference competition in Imperial Monday.
The cast took first place with 177 points out of a possible 180.
The play, written by Alan Haehnel, used a university setting to illustrate how tolerance and political correctness can be taken to extremes.
A new student, Gracious Mary Sensible, the school’s newest student, is forced to learn that conformity is required.
However, Gracious Mary, played by Tapainga Kahle, is aided in her struggle to retain the concept of right and wrong by The Seller (Makenna Wallin), who is being hunted by students because she’s passing out copies of The Bible.
The Seller is burned to death by the students, but the play ends with Gracious Mary secretly studying The Bible with like-minded students.
Jill Bauerle directed the play with Jodie Liess as assistant director.
Bauerle said her favorite comment by a judge was, “In a quality play there are no minor roles.”
All three judges gave CCS first place.
Anna Bauerle, Tapainga Kahle and Jake Lueth were chosen for the all-conference cast.
After CCS’s first place, North Platte St. Pat’s took second, Kimball third, Perkins County fourth, Sutherland fifth, Hershey sixth and Maxwell seventh place.
A public performance will be held Sunday evening at 7 p.m. in the CCS auditorium. A free-will donation will help defray expenses of the script and royalties.
District competition will be held in Oxford at Southern Valley High School Dec. 2. CCS will perform at 3 p.m. CST.
Perkins County High School hosted the SPVA competition at CCS Monday.