COLUMBUS — High school thespians showcased their performing abilities during district one-act competitions this week.
A first-place showing earned schools a spot in the state play production championships in Norfolk.
Students from David City Public, Humphrey St. Francis, Leigh and Cross County punched their tickets to the state contests scheduled for Wednesday through Friday at the Johnny Carson Theatre.
David City took first place in District B-3 with 180 points for its production of “The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus.” The Scouts edged David City Aquinas, which took second with 179 points.
Humphrey St. Francis won District D1-2 in another close competition. The Flyers performed “Two Fronts” and scored 177 points. Humphrey Public came in second with 176 points, followed by Osceola with 175. High Plains had 166 points to finish fifth.
A performance of “Shrek” got Leigh the win in District D2-2. The school collected 174 points, followed by second-place Clarkson with 165. St. Edward finished sixth and Lindsay Holy Family was seventh.
In District C2-2, Cross County won the title with 178 points with “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
Scotus Central Catholic and Lakeview High School took the stage Friday at Central Community College-Columbus for the District B-4 competition.
The cast and crew from SCC performed “FREAK,” a dramatic play full of colorful costumes and flashy makeup. The team placed second, three points behind first-place Pierce, which earned 176 points.
Scotus coach Helen Schumacher said she selected the play because she loved the script and had a really dynamic cast to work with. About 40 students were part of the cast and crew. Those students included a combination of seasoned stage performers and athletes.
“That’s one thing I really like about theater or fine arts in general is that you can pull those kids from everywhere. It is that one place where no matter what you do you can come together,” Schumacher said.
Lakeview’s “The Flow” earned fourth place, scoring 165 points. Boone Central followed in fifth with 164 points.
Lakeview coach Alicia Blumenthal read through about 50 plays before settling on this one. She was looking for a more serious play for the cast and crew of about 30 students.
“I liked this one because it is different. I’ve never seen it before," she said. "I liked the symbolism in it and I thought it would challenge the kids. Lakeview has an amazing speech team, so I wanted to bring that out in the kids and put together a one-act that they could really hone in on characters."
Schuyler Central High School took sixth in District A-4, performing “The Audition.”
In District C1-2, Shelby-Rising City placed fifth and Twin River was seventh.