The cast and crew of Fillmore Central’s one-act play group accepted their medals and a second-place trophy at the sub-section one-act competition in Rushford this past Saturday. The team advances to the section tournament this coming Saturday in Winona.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
The cast and crew of Fillmore Central’s one-act play group accepted their medals and a second-place trophy at the sub-section one-act competition in Rushford this past Saturday. The team advances to the section tournament this coming Saturday in Winona.

Rushford-Peterson High School again hosted the annual Sub-Section 1A One-Act Play Competition in Rushford last Saturday, Jan. 19.

Five area high schools staged their one-act plays before a panel of three theater judges and a large, responsive audience.

Serving as host and master of ceremonies was Chris Hallum, mayor of Rushford. He has served as emcee for the annual Minnesota State High School League-sponsored one-act play competition for the past 10 years.

Rushford-Peterson won first-place honors, blue ribbons and medals, along with the Sub-Section 1A Minnesota State High School League One-Act Drama Trophy. Their entry of "Freak" by Angela Hill is directed by Forrest Musselman, an award-winning director and published playwright. Twenty cast and crew members, along with their director and his little daughter, received their awards from Hallum.

Fillmore-Central High School was awarded second-place honors, red ribbons and medals and a Sub Section 1A Minnesota State High School League One-Act Drama Trophy. Their entry of "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde is directed by Mrs. Jackie Whitacre. Nineteen cast and crew members and their director accepted their awards during the ceremonies.

The other three area high schools also competing were Spring Grove High School presenting "A Mad Breakfast" by L.M. Gray and directed by Ms. Sarah J. Schroeder; Mabel-Canton presenting "Anybody for Tea" by C.B. Gilford, directed by Ms. Sarah Kroshus and Houston presenting "The Patient" by Agatha Christie, directed by Ms. Greta Goetting.

Serving as judges were Amanda Indra, Mark Reisetter and Cheryl Frarck.

Section 1A competition will be hosted Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Performing Arts Center at Saint Mary's University in Winona. Eight plays, including the entries from Rushford-Peterson and Fillmore-Central, will compete. From this competition, only one play will be selected by a panel of three theater judges to advance into state competition hosted at the University of Saint Catherine in Saint Paul two weeks later.