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Carl Muckle, Anthony Weinreis, Tyler Steffen, Hailee Farstveet, Megan Benes, Cid Stedman, Chantel Fulton, Lexi Nistler, and Bailey Waldal celebrate the end of the election in a rehearsal scene of "High School Election" at Beach.

Making fun of elections in Beach theater performance

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Making fun of elections in Beach theater performance
Dickinson North Dakota 1815 1st Street West 58602

Attack ads, singing candidates and a dose of truth serum contribute to an election unlike any other in the Beach High School comedy performance of "High School Election."

The Junior Class will present the play at 7 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 18 and 19, in the Lincoln Elementary School at Beach.

Director Brianna McDaniel chose the play because it was appropriate for the season.

"And we're making fun of elections a little bit," she said.

The election is set in Stargell High School with a list of unlikely candidates -- the surfer Dag, Amber who wants to mandate happiness, Pam who is threatening opposition voters, Jane and Joe who are crazy in love and Victor who is homesick for Russian politics.

They agree to no mud-slinging, but the candidates create devious campaigns and the word "fair" becomes a relative term.

Lexi Nistler describes Pam as very competitive -- a candidate who wants to win at all costs.

"The election is the most important thing to her -- she thinks she's the perfect person for the job," she said.

The play is Nistler's first experience on a theatrical stage. She's involved in speech and the debate team, but said theater has been fun.

"It gives us time to hang out with other people who aren't on the basketball team or volleyball team," she said. "I'm glad we have theater in our school."

The play is also McDaniel's first experience as a director. She teaches English at the high school.

"It's a lot of work, but it's been a lot of fun too," she said. "I've enjoyed working with the kids."

There is no admission fee.

Linda Sailer
(701) 456-1209
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