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Anonymous donation helps save Perham High School One-Act Play program

The One Act Play program at Perham High School has been saved from the budget axe--thanks in large part to an anonymous donor.

A gift of more than $5,000 was earmarked for the play, at a rate of $1,000 a year for five years, according to Activities Director Fred Sailer.

Nobody was more thrilled than One-Act Play director Rachel Lorentz, who is gearing up for contests, which will begin Jan. 30. "A Little Princess" is the production for this year.

With a budget of about $2,500 for each One-Act Play, the $1,000 annual donation, will subsidize the One-Act program for the next five years. Contributions from businesses have also helped keep costs down, noted Lorentz. Donations include costumes from Ma's Little Red Barn; paint from Ace Hardware for creating the sets; and the a care made by the Perham bakery for the for birthday party scenes in the show. Also Russ Bunker assisted with sound effects and music.

Students have been rehearsing the play since December, and will continue right up to the sub-section contest-which will be in Battle Lake on Jan. 30 this year. If the Perham troupe qualifies for section, it will be Feb. 6, and the state contest will be Feb. 11-12.

The story line of "A Little Princess" revolves around a child who, following the death of her father, magically transforms her boarding school room into a magical place of fantasy-or is it?

During the rehearsals, the students were honored to work with Harper Jones-Hermerding, a theater professional and son of the late Ert Jones Hermerding- who directed two community musicals in Perham. Ert died last summer. Lorentz said that Harper was a great help and an inspiration for the cast and crew of the One Act Play.

For more information on the One-Act Play, contact the director Rachel Lorentz at 758-2106.