News Release

University of Minnesota Crookston and Crookston High School Collaborate to Offer Evening of One-Act Plays and Dramatic Speeches

By Andrew Svec on
Friday, April 22, 2016

The University of Minnesota Crookston Music-Theater Department and the Crookston High School Speech Team will present a one-hour performance of two short one-act plays and several dramatic speeches on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, at 7 p.m. each night in Kiehle Auditorium on the University of Minnesota campus. Admission is free; free-will donations will be accepted.

The two one-act plays, each 15 minutes in length, will be “The Fool’s Audition” and “Tongue Tied.” Both feature UMC students on and behind the stage. The dramatic speeches will be read by Crookston High School students, several of whom advanced to the state level of competition. 

This is the first time UMC and CHS have collaborated on this type of presentation. The Crookston Speech Team is coached by Phyllis Hagen and Gaye Wick, and UMC theater activities are directed by George French and Rachel McCoppin.

Cast of Tongue Tied

In the photo are the cast and crew of UMC's one-act plays: (back row, left to right) Eli LaCoursiere, Devante Nutall, Faith Benassi, Ryan Rynda, (front, seated on couch, left to right) Chris Schmiesing, and Johnnie Pauly. The puppets feature in the one-act "Tongue Tied."


George French