Park High School's One Act Play advances to state competition

Park High School's One Act Play advances to state competition
Posted on 02/02/2018

Park High School's One Act Play, 26 Pebbles, placed first on January 31 at the Minnesota State High School League's (MSHSL) 3AA Section Finals! Park's play will now advance to the state competition.

Park's production of 26 Pebbles, directed by Quinn Forrest Masterson and Lewis Youngren, is a docudrama set in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT in 2012. The playwright, Eric Ulloa, conducted dozens of interviews with Newtown community members to write the play, which debuted in February 2017 at the Human Race Theatre in Dayton, OH.

"We knew that this wasn't going to be a typical ‘high school theater' experience and process for all of us," said Director Quinn Forrest Masterson. "Our students were being asked to take on the huge responsibility of giving a voice to the community of Newtown, CT."

A panel of certified judges through the MSHSL judged, critiqued and ranked the four schools at the 3AA Section Finals. In addition to Park's One Act, the three other performances included, Burnsville High School's, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, Eagan High School's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens and Woodbury High School's Antigone adapted by Meagan Kedrowski.

"We believe that the authentic honesty, vulnerability and real connections that happen between the actors on stage is what made our production the champion at Section 3AA Finals," concluded Masterson.

Park High School will perform on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 3:15 p.m. on the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium stage on the St. Catherine University campus in St. Paul.