Ranger thespians turn out a ‘superior’ one act

By Kacie Svoboda

Superior actors — Above, the cast of Hill City High School’s one act play, “Radio Riot!” received a “superior” rating during the state competition in Aberdeen, Feb. 3. This is the first time in five years that the Rangers have received a superior play rating. [Submitted Photo]


For the first time in five years, the Hill City High School (HCHS) one-act performers came away from the State One-Act Play Festival with a superior play rating.

The group competed on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Johnson Fine Arts Center in Aberdeen and impressed the judges, who commented that the HCHS cast was an “outstanding group with no weak actors.”

The judges — Dan Miller of Mitchell, Corey Shelsta of Brookings and Andrew Henrickson of Yankton — also commented that every cast member had created “great, individual characters” with a “crystal clear story.”

One-act plays are awarded a superior rating when at least two of the three judges rate the play as superior. A superior rating is the highest award given to one-act plays at the state competition.

In addition, Tori Lind, Erica Houser, Jessica Welu, Skylar Ross, Hunter Schroeder and Cooper Timm received individual acting awards.

The cast performed “Radio Riot!”, a comedy set in a 1940s era radio studio, under the direction of Bryon Christian and Lori Jones.