One Act Wins Districts – On to State!

One Act Wins Districts – On to State!

“HURRY UP AND JUST SAY THE NAME!”  That was what was going through LHS senior Michael Keating’s mind as he waited for the announcement of the winner at this year’s District One Act competition.  For Keating, who plays one of the lead characters in the show, waiting seemed like an eternity. Then it came. “And

The District Champion cast and crew of the LHS One Act Play Production get fired up at a school send-off Thursday in the Ted Sorensen Theatre before heading to Kearney, Nebraska for the State Competition. The troupe will perform the play, Home on the Mornin’ Train.

“HURRY UP AND JUST SAY THE NAME!”  That was what was going through LHS senior Michael Keating’s mind as he waited for the announcement of the winner at this year’s District One Act competition.  For Keating, who plays one of the lead characters in the show, waiting seemed like an eternity. Then it came. “And the winner is, [large pause] Lincoln High One Act!” The crowd went wild.

Left to Right: Brodrick Kudron (11), Abbi Young (12), Josh Curtis-Beard, Andi Manakdan (12),  Landon Beard (10), and Devin Tate (10) portray African American slaves fleeing the South via the Underground Railroad during the play, Home on the Mornin’ Train.

Sophomore Landon Beard, who plays a runaway slave named Jessie, was among those screaming and cheering.  “It was one of those things where you’re like in the moment you’re really happy, but then later it just keeps pouring in and it’s like an outstanding everlasting feeling,” Beard said.

The Lincoln High One Act cast and crew took first place at Districts on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, and secured themselves a spot at the State Competition in Kearney later this week The show, Home on the Mornin’ Train, wowed the judges and even brought one to tears, according to director Patsy Koch-Johns.

Baruch (Michael Keating-12) and Rifka (Marina Blum-12), try to calm down the other Jewish children who are hiding from the Nazis during WWII in a scene from the play, Home on the Mornin’ Train.

Set partially in 1938 Germany during the Holocaust, the story follows a group of Jewish teenagers hiding from the Nazis. They take shelter in a barn, and to pass the time they read from a book about runaway slaves in the United States during 1838 fleeing to freedom via the underground railroad. The stories have many parallels, and the journey of the African American characters plays out alternately as well on the stage.

Senior Marina Blum, who plays a Jewish girl named Rifka said it was, “the most wonderful exhilarating feeling to win districts. I was so happy. Everybody was so happy,” Blum said. “Things have gotten in our way for a few years running, and I am super excited to go to state. We’re going to work really hard, because we’ve got a lot of competition,” Blum added.

Director Patsy Koch-Johns said, “I feel absolutely excited for all the kids. They were very poised and they represented very well.”

“They had a fabulous performance and scored well,” Koch-Johns said. “I am very proud of them, and I’m very excited that they get the opportunity to go to state.”

On Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, students and staff gathered in the Ted Sorensen Theatre to send the group off to the state competition at the Merriam Theatre in Kearney, Nebraska. The cast and crew ended the send-off with the traditional cheer, “We will protect this house!”

Class A competition begins at 3:30 p.m., and LHS performs at 5:45 p.m. The cost is $5, and the public is invited.

“If you want to come support, we’ll be there representing Lincoln High. Everybody should know that Lincoln High Theatre Kids are the best, the best,” Koch-Johns said.

The cast and crew of the 2011 District Championship LHS One Act Play Production.

Class A competition begins at 3:30 p.m.,

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