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LOUISVILLE – Louisville students pulled the curtains back on their play production season this weekend with a trip to a contest in northeast Nebraska.

More than two dozen teenagers traveled to the Norfolk One-Act Competition on Saturday. The Lions earned the Outstanding Technical Crew Award at an event that featured numerous Class A schools. Millard North captured the overall championship at the contest.

Louisville is performing “Divine Separation” at contests across the state this year. Scenes take place in Tennessee during the final months of the Civil War in early 1865.

One of the main storylines follows the husband-and-wife relationship of Pastor Ren (Peyton Banks) and Mary (McKenna Jones). Mary wants to help wounded soldiers after one of the members of the congregation loses her husband in the war. Mary volunteers to treat soldiers at a faraway field hospital and writes letters to Pastor Ren about her experiences.

LHS students wear Civil War-era costumes in the play and perform scenes in a church sanctuary, log cabin, field hospital, riverside area and medical tent. Technical crew members provide lighting and sound effects at key junctures in the play’s storylines.

Louisville will host a community dinner and performance of the play Thursday, Nov. 9. The dinner will begin at 5 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The public performance of “Divine Separation” will start at 7 p.m. in the elementary school gymnasium.

The East Central Nebraska Conference contest is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Lofte Theatre in Manley. Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Louisville and Weeping Water will represent Cass County at the daylong event.

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