After placing second Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association (MIFA) for Regionals, they moved on to the State Finals at John Glenn High School in Grand Rapids.
After a heartwarming performance of The Gift written by Kendall Marlowe, PAC placed fifth when competing against a total of twenty two other productions, but specifically five in their division at the state level.
“The performance went very well. In my opinion, it was their best yet,” PAC director, Jonathan Kind said.
Roughly only one third of the schools that participated at MIFA made it to the States. As this was Kind’s first year, for him to be able to take a group of students to perform at the State level was a big deal.
“It was a huge honor to take a production to the State level. Not only because it is my first year directing, but because making it to States is huge. I am really proud of the group,” Kind said.
The story a family being hit with the struggles a mother and wife having breast cancer and the emotional repercussions that has on the children and the rest of the family is a very relatable play.
“I think the story being told hits home with a lot of people. If someone of the audience members has lost someone to breast cancer or know someone who has it, I think it hits that soft spot where it’s like ‘wow, that’s how I’m feeling,’” sophomore Keyshawn Wilson said.
The actors and actresses of The Gift, along with the production staff, have won awards, but placing at State has got to be the highlight of their performances this year.