According to one of the principals in the play, "A child of destiny will be born and it's clear that is Lyra. She will either redeem the church and carry on to greater glory, or she will destroy it."

The Hastings High School play "The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullmen, follows Lyra, a 12-year-old child on her journey and discovery of evil in the world.

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Robin Starch, the advisor and play director, usually has student directors work on the high school plays. They're typically former students who have gone on to other things but who are drawn back for the plays. This time, she is using students from the Drama Club to put on the play.

There was no sign of Starch at practice last Friday. Advisor Anne Thompson (and theater director/auditorium for the school) was around, but watching quietly as student co-director Patrick Webster put the actors through their paces. Kristy Steinbruckner is the other director. Senior Katy Clanton is technical director and junior Janie Laursen is the stage manager.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Jan. 29. Tickets are available at the door for $4.