FAIRBURY, NE — The actors and crew in Fairbury High School’s One Act play have two goals for Thursday night: make history and make people laugh.

The students are performing in the community showing of “Greater Tuna,” the school’s first-ever One Act production. Junior Emily Woosley says One Act fills a void in Fairbury’s art offerings.

“I know that with our actors and actresses, we were definitely able to make this possible," Woosley said. "I think it’s a great thing because it really even gets the community more involved with the school.”

30 students are participating in the cast and crew under the direction of staff sponsor Dawn Jobman.

“Greater Tuna” takes the audience to southern Texas in the 1970s where ridiculous small-town antics play out through a local radio show.

There’s a competitive aspect to One Act. Play production is sanctioned by the Nebraska School Activities Association and includes a state competition. The District competition is on Friday and the cast is eager to perform. 

“Being able to help participate in the One Act, the very first one act at Fairbury, is very exciting," junior Trenton Ruhnke said. "I feel like we’re doing a really good job, we’re giving it our best.”

Thursday’s local showing is at 6:30.