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Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 8:45 pm | Updated: 7:04 pm, Sat Jun 22, 2013.

Pacific High School will present a public performance of this year’s one-act play, “The Triangle Factory Fire Project,” Saturday evening, May 11.

The play will be staged in the Pacific High School auditorium.

Project Graduation is sponsoring the event, which will include dinner featuring spaghetti, a caesar salad and Bosco sticks. Desserts also will be available for purchase.

The cost is $10. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. with the play to follow around 7 or 7:30 p.m.

Pacific High’s production of “The Triangle Factory Fire Project” won the second-place award at the 2013 state speech tournament April 20.

The play chronicles the disastrous 1910 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City that killed 146 people. Because of the intense subject matter, the play is recommended only for students in middle school and above.

Playwrights Christopher Piehler and Scott Alan Evans researched court documents and eyewitness accounts of that day and used actual words spoken by real people to construct the script.

Grace Austin, East Central College theater director, worked with the Pacific High drama club on this project. Some 28 students were involved with the play, with 22 of them appearing onstage.

The play is written for nine actors who play multiple parts, but Ed Kappeler, PHS drama sponsor, said it was decided to expand the cast.

“We did not want to suggest the fire with lighting and sound effects,” Kappeler said. “Instead we wanted to bring the fire to the stage — to make it a character in the play. Our 22 actors play up to three or four roles each, including the fire itself.”

The One-Act Play competition occurred Saturday, April 20, in Columbia. Pacific won the district championship in this event in early March and was one of 17 schools to qualify for the state tournament. Pacific finished second only to state power Raymore-Peculiar at the state tournament.

Two Pacific High students won individual awards in the state competition. Jake Schultz won the Best Actor award at the tournament, and Brady Smith was named Best Supporting Actress.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the high school at 636-271-1414.

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