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One Act Festival held at Dordt College

November 18, 2004

High school theater troupes from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington and Wisconsin attended a One-Act Play Festival hosted by Dordt College Nov. 12-13, on the Dordt campus in Sioux Center.

Each high school group performed a one act play, with Dordt College’s Theatre Department presenting three plays. Following the performances, each group met with Dordt theater consultants who evaluated their performances and offered advice on how to improve technical skills. One Act Play Participants

“The event was a wonderful opportunity for high school and college students to celebrate together the excitement of doing theatre,” said Jerilyn Schelhaas, Dordt College Theatre Arts department chair. “One of our goals was to show each other what we do and thereby support the efforts of high school drama directors, who often work against trends in high schools to keep the art form and the avenue of expression alive.” Schelhaas said in contemporary culture the dramatic arts are pervasive, and it’s the commitment of Dordt College Theatre Arts to keep students alert to its possibilities and prepared to participate.

Attending the festival were performers from Unity Christian, Orange City, Iowa; Southwest Christian, Edgerton, Minn.; Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Westminster Christian Academy, St. Louis, Missouri; Lyndon Christian High School, Lyndon, Wash.; and Central Wisconsin Christian High School, Waupun, Wisc.

Participants from each school and the play they performed were:

Unity Christian: “Trifles,” directed by Janie Van Dyke, with Kenny Gradert, Jacob Kroeze, Lee Mellema, Autumn Wielenga and Olivia Wielenga.

Southwest Christian: “The Open Window,” directed by Howard Schaap, with Justin Besteman, Rita Feikema, Karl Kooiker, Chris Kuiper, Sonya Kuiper, Travis Nykamp and Rachel Vanderaa

Westminster Christian Academy: “The Flying Doctor,” directed by Ila Klemm, with Ben Bowman, Tom Henry, Libby Mc Donald, Emily Meyer, Daniel Minnela and Philip Pohlman.

Lynden Christian: “Impromptu,” directed by Tim Blok and Megan Ross, with Frances Brisbane, Tim Blok, Joshua Miles and Megan Ross.

Central Wisconsin Christian: “The Right Kind of House,” directed by Renae Venhuizen, with Katie Buwalda, Megan Kok, Travis Mulder, Jon Posthuma, Caleb Schut, Megan Tousley, Grace Venhuizen and Amanda Wingers.

Xavier High School: “Sorry, Wrong Number,” directed by Jennifer Lay, with Ryan Gibney, Rachael Hepworth, Laura Huisinga, Kali Jensen, Anna Kaiden, Lindsey Kundel, Jennifer Lay, Aaron Nord, Ben Parker, Chris Schubert, Amy Soukup, Ann Wymore, Chelsea Zaugg and Michael Zogg.

Dordt College: “The Bald Soprano,” directed by April Hubbard and Ethan Koerner, with Amy Blok, Laura Dykstra, Amber Huizenga, Corey Kempers, Nathan Pasma and Jonathan Shaffstall and Shannon Slager, stage manager.

Dordt College: “Cameras” directed by Jeri Schelhaas and Ethan Koener, with Heather Boer, Matt De Wit, Liz Helder, Cal Henderson, Sarah Hoogendoorn, T.J. Lagestee, David Lammers, Amanda Nyman, Mallory Ooms, Melissa Schans, Joelle Sparks, Jenni Van Wyk and Amanda Arkema, stage manager.

Dordt College: “Peek-a-Boo” written and directed by Jonathan Horlings, with Beth Knight and Marcus Roskamp performing.

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