Kevin Hamre wrote the script this year for the Cloquet High School one-act play, “The Beat Goes On,” because he was frustrated by what is available.

“I'm frustrated with reading a lot of ridiculous junk out there that has no meaning, purpose or expression behind their writing whatsoever,” Hamre said.

He has directed many shows at CHS over the years and always wants to make changes to the scripts. After serving as a judge for one-act plays many years ago, he said he understands what judges are looking for.

“They want tears; they want unique acting and blocking; they want endurance,” Hamre said.

He said he is proud of the range of emotions the cast has learned to portray.

“Life is full of twists and turns, surprises and of course, things that we cannot totally control,” Hamre said. “Three different families, with different backgrounds and professions, come together in this script who have one thing in common: They all end up at the same place at the same time, looking for hope, peace and forgiveness.

“As a result, some things may go our way, some may not, but in the end, there are times that our life can be changed, by many, for the rest of our life,” he said. “The beat goes on.”

Hamre said he likes to educate the audience, so he included a scene about organ donation.

This is the school’s third year of one-act plays after a more than 10-year hiatus.

Performances are Friday, Jan. 18, at 5:30 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 20, at 4:30 and 6 p.m. at the Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery in Cloquet.

Tickets are $5 at the door; call 218-878-0071. Seating is general and limited.