On February 9, the Gull Lake Performing Arts Company (PAC) placed first in Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association (MIFA) Regionals at Holland Christian High School. This qualified PAC to participate in the state competition at Woodhaven High School, which took place on Friday and Saturday, the 15 and 16 of February. PAC placed fourth in the state competition at Woodhaven High School.
PAC’s performance of 20 Neo-Futurist Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind catapulted them into the limelight and caught the attention of judges. The show is a comedy that consists of 20 short plays (as the title suggests) which range from social commentaries to witty math puns.
The audience gets to pick the order of the shows by shouting out numbers from a “menu” in the program.
“I think the quirkiness of our show has helped us get this far in the competition,” freshman Kyra Cochran said.
Cochran is on the props crew for the show, which is just one of the many technical crews that work together to make the show run smoothly. Set and running crew, lighting, sound, props and actors must all cooperate to ensure a seamless production.
The last time that PAC made it to the state competition was in 2016, with their production of The Gift. Before that, PAC made it to states with their 2004 production of 1984.
The stakes were high, along with the emotions of everyone involved, as the state competition deadline approached.
“I think we were all very excited, but also a little nervous,” Cochran said, “but we placed fourth against some really great schools and I think that’s pretty impressive.”
Click here to view the scores for MIFA.