AMS Theatre Wins UIL One Act Play First Prize

AMS Theatre Wins UIL One Act Play First Prize

by Susan Neuhalfen

When Argyle Middle School theatre director Jessica Reynolds first read the script to “Step on a Crack” she was still in college. Little did she know what an incredible impact it would have a few years later on her students at Argyle Middle School.

“I remember reading it and really loving this play,” said Jessica, who is in her first year at Argyle. “When we were deciding what to do for the UIL One Act Play competition I had the kids read it to see what they thought.”

They did more than read it. They read it in class and then had to write a paper on it. After that they started testing it out from a performance standpoint and Reynolds found that it really fit well with the cast she had.

Rehearsals started the second week of October and they practiced until the competition the last week of November. Those participating were part of the advanced theatre class at AMS so they practiced both in class as well as outside of class according to UIL rules. That means they can only rehearse 2 hours outside of class per day and no more than 8 hours per week.

“This is an extremely hard working group of kids and the parents were great as well,” said Reynolds. “In addition to an amazing work ethic, they all had a great attitude and it showed in their work.”

As a result, the AMS Theatre team won first place in the UIL One Act Play Competition for “Step on a Crack”. In addition, Hannah Oldham won best actress for her portrayal of Lucille. Kennedy Webster and Ryann Nash were also named to the All-Star Cast. Carlin Clark won an honorable mention for the All-Star Cast playing the voice and Krisjan Feltes was named an All-Star Technician.

Reynolds pointed out that the cast and understudies were all involved in extra-curricular activities at school in addition to theatre. They also had to carry their full load of studies, but these 7th and 8th graders all worked hard to win the competition.

“I’m so proud of these students,” said Reynolds. “I never heard a single complaint from anyone. The commitment made by both the parents and the students in Argyle is really great.”

Cast of Step on a Crack
Voice – Carlin Clark
Ellie – Kennedy Webster
Max – Kyle Cherms
Lucille- Hannah Oldham
Lana- Ryann Nash
Frisbee- Srimaan Kolanakuduru

Lights- Krisjan Feltes
Sound- Dixon Rafflo
Stage Manager- Paige Arthur
Props and Costumes:
Emily Kain and Bryn Jacobs

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