This team will be representing Belle Plaine High School at the State One Act Play Competition

Front row, left to right: Josiah Hayes, Elliana Fahey, Kadence Bran de Leon, Hanna Tharaldson, Ava Remus, and Audra Cruz. Middle row, left to right: Michael Schultz, Hannah Woelfel, Emily Boruff, Tayla Haynes, Ruby Schultz, and Andrew Ludwig. Back row, left to right: Kiya Williamson, Meghan Sheets, Jamie Rand, Kaylee Wagner, Lauren Johnson, Merrik Giesen, Carson Unze, and Tanner Witt.

Belle Plaine High School’s production of “The Amish Project” earned a starred rating at the state competition for the Minnesota State High School League One Act Play Festival.

This was Belle Plaine’s 16th time receiving the state’s highest honor and 17th time appearing at the festival. They were notified of the award at a virtual ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 13.Starred performance ratings are determined by private balloting of the judges.

One school from each of eight sections in each class gets to perform at the state level. Belle Plaine represented Section 2.

“In the middle of a pandemic, you made art. That in itself is commendable. You made THIS PLAY. The theatre is alive and well, and joy will return. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I'll remember this production for a long time,” said Judge Jessica Chipman.

In total, four out of 15 state performances earned the starred rating.

Only one other "A" school received a star, which was Fillmore Central with their performance of “Jack in the Box.”

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