Minot High School's actors have joined forces to give an additional opportunity for stage time when they compete in the state One-Act Play Competition later this month.
Director Paula Rauschenberger said ninth- through 12th-grade students from the public school's Magic City and Central campuses will compete in Fargo April 7 and 8.
"We're giving audiences at home a sneak preview this week," she said. "We will present 'No Show' at Central Campus auditorium Monday and at the Arvel Graving Theater at Magic City Campus this Tuesday."
“No Show” cast and crew are, left to right, front row, Ethan Block, Morgan Coleman, Shelby McCabe, Caytee McDonald, Shane Keller, Amanda Kraft and Linnea Maxfield; standing, Hannah Edington, Maddie Thompson, Madi Williamson, Ben Sinkhorn, Lucas Johnson, Trey Battles, Chris Hoffer, Hannah Davis and Alyssa McDonald.
A flier promotes the Minot High School production of “No Show.”
Both Minot performances are at 8 p.m., and Rauschenberger said matinees for other students also are scheduled.
"'No Show,' written by Alan Heshnel, is a half-hour comedy about procrastination," she said. "In the story, actors were given a theater class assignment to prepare a production, but the deadline is here and the play isn't done."
She praised the Minot actors for their success at creating a sense of improvisation in the creative chaos.
The director, who has been successful in one-act competition within the Class B ranks with plays at Glenburn and Sawyer schools, is happy with the mix of older and younger actors and actresses.
"They are some of the strongest actors the two schools have to showcase," she said.
Participating Minot students include Michaela Burns, Ramata Korgho, Hannah Edington, Maddie Thompson, Madi Williamson, Ben Sinkhorn, Lucas Johnson, Trey Battles, Chris Hoffer, Hannah Davis, Alyssa McDonald, Ethan Block, Morgan Coleman, Shelby McCabe, Caytee McDonald, Shane Keller, Amanda Kraft and Linnea Maxfield.
Rauschenberger appreciated that the other Minot High directors (Chad Gifford at Central Campus and Alphonse Koenigsman at Magic City Campus) created space in their theater calendars for the new activity.
Other schools registered to compete in the Class A One-Act event include Devils Lake, West Fargo, Jamestown, Dickinson, Wahpeton, Mandan and four Bismarck schools. The Fargo competition will be on the North Dakota State University campus.
Rauschenberger said the top eight schools will be chosen and awards for superior acting also will be given.
Tickets for the Minot productions are $5 for adults and $3 for students.