One Act crews advance to state competition

(ABC 6 News) – Two schools, one dream. The Mayo Spartans and Southland Rebels are looking to break a leg at state and take home the gold.

“When they announced we got first place, it was a really exciting moment for us all,” William Laudon, senior at Mayo High School said.

20 Mayo Spartans became regional champs, earning the Section 1AA title. This is their ticket to state.

The students were tasked with telling a classic greek tale.

“It’s the story of Daedalus and Icarus. He tells his son not to fly too close to the sun, melt the wax, and he’ll fall into the ocean and drown,” Kim Hill, one act competition director for Mayo High School said.

One Act Theatre is interesting because the clock is ticking. The cast of 20 students has 35 minutes to tell a story.

“One second over and we’re disqualified,” Laudon said.

But the hard work paid off. Another group that worked hard, the One Act team at Southland.

Madlain Vander is the one act director for the Southland School District.

Her kids are champs too, earning the section 1A championship slot to state.

Her students performed “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.”

“All the kids worked together, no one really stands out, we couldn’t do it without all of them,” Vander said.

These students are making their hometowns proud and they can’t wait to showcase their skills at St. Catherine University starting on Thursday.