NPPS – A-1 District Play Production Incident
North Platte, Neb. – The North Platte Public School District administrative team has conducted a review of the District One-Act Play incident that occurred on Saturday, December 7, 2019. At this time, we can confirm the following information. North Platte Public Schools was selected as the A-1 District Play Production competition site for our A-1 district as we were the only applicant who offered to host the event. This year our district consisted of the following high schools: Norfolk, Millard North, Lincoln East, Lexington, Omaha Bryan, and North Platte. The NSAA requires each host site/ tournament director to supply participating schools with multiple details about the site. These details include the dimensions of the stage and the lighting equipment that is available (https://nsaahome.org/play-production/, page 2, item 9). Schools were provided with these details as well as a scaled diagram of the NPHS stage.
The District Play Production guidelines ask performing schools to provide a diagram of the stage set they will use, a lighting plot, and special needs. Lincoln East did not provide a diagram, lighting plot, or submit special needs. On the day of the competition, they did ask if they could use the thrust as they had practiced doing so at home, from the diagram we previously provided. We notified Lincoln East that other schools had used the thrust and if they wanted to do so they could as well.
After reviewing the video of the students in questions, we have found the two students fell from the main stage, right, with spotlights lighting the area. It does appear that student one who was carrying student two stepped off of the 42 inches high main stage in a hurried motion. This misstep resulted in both students falling to the floor in front of the main stage area.
We have been in contact with Lincoln East and have no additional information to share about the injured student.
According to the district judges, no other performers fell from the stage during district play production performances this past Saturday.
We are saddened that this incident occurred, and our continued thoughts are with the Lincoln East Play Production team.
Dr. Ron Hanson, Superintendent
North Platte Public Schools