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Above, Wadena-Deer Creek High School drama director Jay Patterson introduces the "The Belle of Amherst" to his One-Act play cast Tuesday. Photo by Dana Pavek, WDC Schools

WDC cast watches 'The Belle of Amherst'

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Wadena-Deer Creek High School drama director Jay Patterson has gathered a cast for "The Belle of Amherst," a One-Act play.

The cast watched the performance as a recommendation from Wadena 1947 alumnus Richard "Dick" Robertson, who follows WDC school news from his Pennsylvania home. When Robertson learned Patterson wrote this year's One-Act play on Emily Dickinson, he sent a copy of the movie for the cast to watch.


The students munched on popcorn as they watched the original Broadway production, which opened at the Longacre Theater in New York on April 28, 1976, and ran for 116 performances.

In fall 2012, WDC honored Robertson, who resides with his wife, Hadley, in Gwynedd, Penn., by naming its new 109-seat theater in the middle/high school after him.