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NYM to compete at One Act Sub-Section

This Thursday, the New York Mills Drama Department will have an open practice of the one act play: “Father/Son Time.” The public performance will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Everyone is welcome to stop in and see this short production.

The cast of seven has overcome a huge hurdle just two weeks ago. After learning that it’s original One Act Play “Wasp” would not be accepted by the state approval board, the cast had to scramble to learn a brand new play.

“The kids have embraced it and have really done a great job of adapting and overcoming,” said Director Leif Ronning,

The MSHSL One Act competition has specific guidelines that drama departments must follow, including specific time restraints. In November, Leif Ronning turned in a cut down version of the play “Wasp” for approval and was assured at that time that it would be approved. However, on Jan. 8 the cast learned that the play they had been working on for the last two months was denied. After agreeing that they still wanted to compete at sub-sections on Jan. 26, the crew began working overtime to learn a new play.

“These kids were given a challenge this year and they have stepped up,” said Ronning. “This is a very talented group of young adults and they will only grow in future competitions.”

“Father/Son Time” is about a father (played by John Ronning) and his sons (Max Johnson-Ding and Brenden Soltau) get lost in video games and eventually become zombies. The mother (Ariel Arno) has to go to extremes to save her family. Other cast members include Jane Gudmundson (plays the daughter), Eli Olson (family friend) and Jess Lenz (family friend). Owen Ronning is stage crew and lights.

Sub-Section One Act Play competition will be held at the Wadena-Deer Creek High School this Saturday. NY Mills will perform at 11:15. Good luck, Eagles!