One-Act Wonder: Play focuses on Appalachian cave-in

Three men are trapped underground after a mine collapse, with only their families and loved one left to battle with the company to save the trapped miners.
HERALD/Brad Mosher

By Brad Mosher
The Herald

Killdeer became part of Appalachia Saturday.
The one-cat play dinner theater kept up the theme with a southern-inspired menu for the dinner part of the theater at 6 p.m., and then on the stage, watched the small mining community in the play come to life.
One corner of the stage became the interior of a depleted mine which had been almost been picked clean over the years and was expected soon to close. Inside, Floyd, Paul and Jack were trying to find the last few bits of ore to keep the mine and their families alive.
Then the mine collapses, trapping the trio.
Above them, on the surface, the women fight against the foreman and the company to save their husbands, fathers and brothers.
The stage was set into three tableaus – one for the miners trapped underground, one for the women and families and one for the foreman.
The drama, presented by the Killdeer High School Drama Club, recently was in a competition in Dickinson.
According to the director, Nancy Reinhardt, the cast performed really well, both in the competition and also at the dinner theater performance Saturday evening.
The biggest challenge was trying to learn some of the southern accents used in the performance.
They had a cast of seven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three miners were at the center of the Killdeer dinner theater performance of the play Digging up the Boys” Saturday in the Killdeer gym. HERALD/Brad Mosher

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