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The Melissa High School theatre program’s historic One Act Play season came to a triumphant end Monday night with a second place overall win at the 2018 4A UIL One Act Play State Competition.
Earlier this year the school’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” earned the champion title at the bi-district and area levels and a second place win at regionals. With this, the production became the first One Act Play in Melissa High School history to qualify for the state competition.
Parents, teachers, and community members gathered at Melissa High School on Sunday for a celebratory send-off, as the cast and crew headed south to prepare for their state performance at the Round Rock ISD Performing Arts Center.
Late Monday evening, the cast and crew were awarded the runner-up trophy.
Five students won individual awards, including Jacob Gallimore, Best Actor; Bella Walker, All Star Cast; Justin Berkeland and Thaddeus Baker, Honorable Mention All Star Cast; and Isabella Lofaro, Best Overall Techie.
Jacob Gallimore earned another first for the program as he received the prestigious 2018 Samuel French Award. This award recognizes one actor in the 4A division for their outstanding achievement on stage.
The cast and crew of “Peter and the Starcatcher” includes Thaddeus Baker, Mason Barnes, Justin Berkeland, Katy Belanger, Dania Erwin, Skyler Harman, Abby Heath, Hayley Hurst, Adam Huth, Connor Lansford, Grace Lofaro, Isabella Lofaro, Alexyss McClure, Chloe Morris, Reese Murphy, Drew Richardson, Dylan Schmidt, Natalie Somers, Connor Thornburg, Emily Tubbs, Braelyn Van Schepen, Aaron Vaughan, Bella Walker, Rachel Wresh, and Ivan Yanez.
The Melissa High School theatre program is under the direction of Megan Moore and Kyle Brenner, with support from student teacher Laura Fryman.
“I don’t really have words to express how proud I am of the students,” Moore said. “Every single student, no matter their role in the company, was completely invested in the production. They worked hard together for months and it is so rewarding to see their efforts pay off. They truly became a family this year. Since competition season is behind us, now we get to relax a bit and have fun sharing the finished product with our community.”
Moore says that a community performance of “Peter and the Starcatcher” is in the works and will take place in May. More details will be announced as soon as they are available.
Photography by Melissa High School student photographer Nicole Kasson.
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