Three in a row for one acts

Ron Burtz
Custer’s entry into the S.D. State One Act Play Festival in Sioux Falls over the weekend took home a superior play rating and six individual acting awards for the cast of eight. 
The dramatic play “...And Others,” in which senior Anna Marie Riner plays a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder, qualified for the state festival by winning the Region 6A one act play contest held in Custer on Jan. 29. 
Performing Thursday at 9 p.m. at O’Gorman High School, the Custer cast won over the judges with their emotionally-charged performance and was one of eight Class A schools to receive a superior rating. 
In addition, cast members Riner, Rachel Larcher, Odalys Estrada, Taylee Schramm, Miles Ellman and Daniel Nelson all received medals for superior performer. 
The play was directed by CHS art teacher Susan Bowen and also included Timothy Johnson and Justus Kramer in the cast. 
Bowen accompanied several of the cast and crew members to the Custer School District Board of Education meeting Monday night where they were recognized for their accomplishments. 
Bowen introduced the students as “some amazing young people I am extremely proud of,” adding that the entire school helped with the production. The judges praised the hard work and determination of the cast, she said. 
She said it was a difficult play to perform with meticulous timing, but added the students “rocked it every single time.”
Congratulating the students and director on a job well done, school board president Heather Grace led the board in a round of applause. 
Since Custer began participating in the S.D. High School Activities Association’s one act play competition three years ago, the school’s productions have received three superior ratings at the state festival plus numerous individual acting awards.  

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