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Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications
Cast and crew for Wauneta-Palisade’s One-Act play production were, front from left, Sonya Behrends, Ruel Malcolm, Olivia Behrends, Isaiah Roe, middle from left, Peyton Cox, Chloe Stehno, GraCee Goings, Hailea Baker, Peyton Vrbas, Cali Cox, Sophia Alfayo, and standing, Laiden Lawler.

District One-Act plays face tough competition

The Chase County and Wauneta-Palisade One-Act plays both finished seventh at district competitions last week.
Chase County traveled to Bridgeport Dec. 1 with its play, “Saddlesore and the Dragon.”
CCS advisor Jill Bauerle said her group performed really well.
“It was definitely our best performance of the season. No doubt, the judges saw eight quality plays in Bridgeport,” Bauerle said.
Gordon-Rushville won the district, followed by Bridgeport, West Holt, Ainsworth, Ord Hershey, CCS and Bayard.
Bauerle said she was super proud of the cast and crew for their teamwork, pacing and both individual and whole team improvement.
“What I love about one act is that each individual is equally important to the success of the show,” she added.
Acting awards went to Jordan Jablonski, Madelynn Hanes, Mason Tyerman, Kaden Schilke, Tegan Townes and Brayan Cazares-Enriquez.
Other cast members were Delaney Krutsinger, Tristen Stumpff, Krystal Smith, Nick Rau and Raissa Nevarez-Hammah.
Bauerle went on to compliment her group for being resilient.
“We had auditions following the musical on Oct. 26 and our first rehearsal on Oct. 27,” Bauerle said.
“One student was out with Covid for nearly three weeks, allowing the actor one week of practice. For a variety of other reasons, we juggled several students into new roles just one week before our conference competition. Basically seven of the 11 roles were new parts for kids within the 10-14 days prior to our competitions. We picked up two new actresses, or we couldn’t have done the show,” she said.
WP went to Callaway Dec. 2 with its play, “Bayou.”
WP advisor Taylor Nordhausen, who led the production with Aaron Behrends, said WP got a lot of positive feedback and their actors were complimented on their characterization and the way they interacted with each other during scenes.

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