The Rushford-Peterson One Act crew performed their final showing of “Tammy: A Coming of Age Story about a Girl who is Part T-Rex” at Stewartville High School last Saturday.

Eight schools from Section 1A competed for a single spot at next week’s state competition. The team from Triton-Dodge Center won the honors with their play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Fillmore Central placed second and the team from Wabasha-Kellogg placed third.

While R-P’s play has enjoyed much success this season, judges at the section meet ranked “Tammy..” last in the eight-team field.

“Our kids did just fine,” said director Forrest Musselman. “It was a solid show and the crowd reacted very well. It just so happened the judges didn't like it as much as the other shows.”

While Musselman is well aware that different judges have different tastes, he admits the cast and crew were “pretty stunned” by their low ranking.

“Even some of the other directors told me we didn't deserve the rankings we got,” said Musselman. “But we talked about it on the bus on the way home and by the time we got back, we were pretty much over it. We're proud of our season- placing second at conference and winning subsection- and we're proud of our show. We had a lot of fun and grew together as a team and no one can take that away.”

While the outcome may not have been desired, this season gave the younger cast a great experience to build off of in years to come.

“This becomes a great learning year for a young cast. They got to experience the highs and lows of competition and they're learning that hard work pays off,” Musselman said. “If I do my job right and find the right plays to showcase their talent, they'll be the team to beat for next four to five years.”