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Paynesville Press - February 04, 2004

PAHS hosts subsections in one-act play competition

By Michael Jacobson

Paynesville Area High School hosted the subsection one-act play competition on Saturday, with PAHS's 14-member production tying for fourth place out of eight teams.

PAHS's acting troupe performed, "The Trial of Joan Called the Maid," based on the 15th Century trial of Joan of Arc for heresy. They gave a free public performance of their play on Thursday evening last week and then hosted subsections on Saturday.

Courtney Colbert portrays Joan of Arc Winning the subsection competition was the one-act play from Eden Valley-Watkins High School. Their 19-member futuristic drama was entitled "Property Rites."

Taking second place was Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, who performed "The Voice of the Prairie," with a 17-member cast and crew.

Courtney Colbert portrays Joan of Arc. Colbert was recognized by the judges as the star performer for PAHS. Picture page of the play; color photos available.

These two teams now advance to section competition, to be hosted by ACGC High School.

Maple Lake took third place, and Paynesville tied for fourth place with NL-S.

Sophomore Courtney Colbert, who played Joan of Arc, was selected by the three judges as the star of Paynesville's play.

"My thought on the day was that the plays were high quality and that an enjoyable day was had by all those who came to watch," said PAHS coach and director Joan Nevitt. "It was fun to see the school so busy on a wintery Saturday."

Last year, Paynesville competed in one-act play for the first time in several decades and took second at subsections and sixth at sections.

Picture page of the play; color photos available for reordering.

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