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WDC One-Act to perform 'Tracks' Friday

Wadena-Deer Creek High School's one-act play cast and crew include: front, from left: Gabe Berger, Emma Bushinger, Kamea Shreves, Maddie Gallant, and Katelyn Gardner; middle: Emma Mehl, Alec Larson, and Lael Bervig; back: Michael Schmidt, Elliot Doyle, Sara Goetze, Ben Keppers, Lily Adkins and Beth Hawkins, director. Not pictured: Jasmyn Wood. Photo by Dana Cantleberry, WDC Schools 1 / 2
A group of strangers are trying to figure out why they are stuck at a subway station during a scene from WDC's one-act play, "Tracks." Pictured from left: Lael Bervig, Michael Schmidt, Emma Mehl, and Elliot Doyle. Photo courtesy Dana Cantleberry/WDC Schools2 / 2

Wadena-Deer Creek High School's drama department will present a public performance of their one-act play, "Tracks" at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 in the Wadena Memorial Auditorium. Admission is free.

Director Beth Hawkins and the student cast are being somewhat tight-lipped when it comes to giving away the one-act play's ending. However, Hawkins did provide a brief overview of the one-act that features 14 students as actors and tech crew members: The drama takes place in a subway station where a group of strangers have arrived with only a few personal belongings, their watches have stopped, and they all claim to be in different cities. Soon they learn there is no way out of the station.

"Tracks" is written by Peter Tarsi, who is a high school physics teacher and drama club advisor in Attleboro, Mass. This is his first one-act play to be published.

The public performance serves as a warm-up for subsection competition on Saturday, Jan. 26 beginning at 9 a.m. at Wadena Memorial Auditorium.

Schools participating and competing include Parkers Prairie (9-9:45 a.m.), Bertha-Hewitt (9:45-10:30 a.m.), Wadena-Deer Creek (10:30-11:15 a.m.) New York Mills (11:15 a.m. - noon), Pequot Lakes (1-1:45 p.m.), Staples-Motley (1:45-2:30 p.m.), and Pillager (2:30-3:15 p.m.). One-act plays earning a first- and second-place finish advance to the sectional contest the following Saturday, Feb. 2 in Barrett. Each play is limited to 35 minutes.

Cast members include:

Homeless Girl: Lily Adkins

Lawyer: Lael Bervig

Business Woman: Emma Mehl

High School Girl: Emma Bushinger

Nun: Sara Goetze

Professor: Michael Schmidt

Business Man: Elliot Doyle

Old Man: Alec Larson

High School Boy: Gabe Berger

Waiter: Ben Keppers

Tech Crew: Kamea Shreves, Katelyn Gardner, Maddie Gallant and Jasmyn Wood.