By Becky Cox
Blue Hill’s One Act performed “The Laramie Project” this year. The play has been anything but boring. Due to students participating in so many activities, practice time was very limited. The kids were given 13 practices before their premier Sunday November 13.
As of the Thursday before the first performance at the high school, only 50 tickets had been sold. E-mails and Facebook posts were sent out by the director, local supporters, and other teachers and there was a domino effect that followed. News of the play and the lack of support being shown spread across the country in hours. The cast received over 1,000 letters of luck and encouragement from all over the US. Letters ranged from the cast of Hamilton, to Jane Powell (the voice of Snow White), to Judy Shepard (Matthew Shepard’s mom) to other theatre supporters.
An audience of roughly 300 people came to show their support for these daring kids on opening night. Some members of the Tectonic Theatre Company, who wrote they play, even flew in from New York. The kids were able to ask them questions before the show. Jamie Kirchner was even able to meet one of the men she plays, Andy Paris.
Just two days after performing for the first time in front of people, the cast and crew were up early and headed for TVC. This year Blue Hill received 3rd overall. The judges ranked them individually as 1st with a perfect score of 60 points, 3rd and 54 points, and 5th with 52 points. Collin Brown, Becky Cox, Lindsey Hafer, and John Rouse were given Honorable Mentions for Outstanding Actor.
The following Saturday the company ventured to Kearney to compete in the Mel Shoemaker Memorial Play Production Showcase. Despite having such an early morning, the Bobcat Theatre was able to make their mark at this large invite. Out of their group of 8 schools, they once again placed 3rd. This trio of judges gave them 2nd with 52 points, 2nd with a perfect score of 60 points, and 6th with 49 points. Lindsey Hafer and Collin Brown were recognized as the All Showcase Cast Actors and Becky Cox, John Rouse, and Brendan Hafer were recognized as Outstanding Actors.
One Act Districts were held this Tuesday at Axtell. Eight schools competed, including Lawrence/Nelson, Axtell, Silver Lake, Shelton, S-E-M, Wilcox-Hildreth, and Blue Hill. Blue Hill was ranked 4th. Wilcox-Hildreth will attend State Production next Thursday in Norfolk. Honorable Mentions were given to Collin Brown, Lindsey Hafer, Becky Cox, and Bradley Morse. Blue Hill will perform one last time at Hastings College on December 5th at 8 pm.