AHS Theatre Qualifies for National Competition

AHS Theatre Qualifies for National Competition

by Susan Neuhalfen

Competing against thousands of students from schools all over the state, the Argyle Theatre Department earned several top awards at the Texas Thespian Festival in November. AHS had five entries qualify to compete nationally:

Parker Dial and Toby Smith – Monologue Performance
Colby Raasch – Solo Musical
Gracie Arthur and Mattie Kelton – Duet Musical
Berret Buvinghausen, Georgia Penn, Rhiannon Kosla and Kate Repp – Make-Up & Design Team
Milan McKenna – Stage Management

Other competitors earning Marks of Excellence were:
Slade Monroe and Chloe Kokenes – Dance
Avery Winter, Carly Haynes, Katie Haynes, Raleigh Turner – Group Musical
Izzy Adoue, Peyton Deffenbaugh, Jackson Barnes, Bella Zindel – Group Musical

“I realized that we were so busy competing and having so much fun I didn’t get many pictures,” said Melissa Toomer, AHS Theatre Director. “I am so proud of all of our students and their performances.”

In the monologue performance, AHS seniors Parker and Toby performed two contrasting monologues each: Parker performed a selection from The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon and Simon Stephens. Toby performed Edmond by David Mamet and All My Sons by Arthur Miller.

Sophomore Colby Raasch sang “Role of a Lifetime” from the musical Bare: a Pop Opera, while junior Gracie Arthur and freshman Mattie Kelton sang In His Eyes as a duet from the musical Jekyll & Hyde.

The makeup team brought their supplies to the competition and had two hours to complete two makeup looks. They were not given any other information until that morning. They placed 7th overall, out of 50 teams.

As the Stage Manager for Legally Blonde, Milan McKenna entered in her binder from the musical that the theatre department performed earlier in the school year. The neatness and organization of her binder, as well as her verbal presentation, qualified her for the National Convention.

“Milan is responsible for “calling the show”, meaning she tells the light operator when to move the next light cue, the sound operator, curtains, etc.,” said Toomer. “During rehearsals she took attendance, made blocking notes, and basically kept everyone organized.“

The national competition will take place during the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in late June.

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