Friday, June 22, 2018
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GHS places third at B-6 district one-acts

Swedes keep cool despite bus breakdown.

Gothenburg High School performers will miss an opportunity to act at state this Friday but director Lori Long is not too disappointed.

“Our kids gave an amazing performance, their best to date, and we couldn’t ask more than that,” Long said.

Especially since a bus breakdown, on the way to District B-6 competition at Ogallala Saturday, meant they were late to take the stage to perform “The Adventures of Perseus.”

Ogallala earned the top award at the contest and a trip to state with “The Canterbury Tales.” Gordon-Rushville was second with “The Balkan Women.”

Other schools participating were Mitchell, Valentine, Chadron and Sidney. McCook was unable to participate because of the snowy weather.

Given the distraction with the bus, Long said she and assistant director Erin Feather were worried that the kids wouldn’t be able to regroup upon their half-hour late arrival.

“But we were mistaken—they were more focused and recovered much better than we did as directors,” Long said. “It just shows their resilience and determination.”

Long said the one-act cast has been the most good-natured and hard-working group she and Feather have encountered, with a unique balance of work and fun, that made everyone enjoy the process.

“ Oftentimes, toward the end of the season especially, rehearsals can be tedious and draining, but these kids were able to stay positive and keep rehearsals light while still growing and improving their performances,” she said.

Shes said they will miss the seniors, who will have a lasting impact on the one-act program.

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