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One Act Play takes home first place at district

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One Act Play team poses with their award after district competition.

One Act Play team poses with their award after district competition.

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Jeannie Alexander

One Act Play team poses with their award after district competition.

Autumn Rendall, Author

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On March 9, the LCM One Act Play troupe competed in their District level of competition at Lamar-Port Arthur. Their 2017 show entitled, “The Miracle Worker” about the story of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan, proved successful at the meet. Along with bringing home many individual awards, the group took home the first place award. 

This is the fourth year in a row the group has claimed first place at District, and they plan for even more of their hard work to pay off this season. Along with in-class work, the troupe holds practice almost every day after school for two hours. 

“I think that it is such a rewarding experience when we advance or one of my fellow actors or actresses receive an award,” senior cast member Kaylee Patillo said. “I know how hard everyone works to see that happen.”

When strong work and talent is shown by individual actors and  actresses, they are honored and awarded at the competition. One of these awards is to be named to the “All Star Cast,” meaning certain students are among the best of the best at the meet. “Honorable Mentions” were Pattillo and senior Connor Alexander, and “All Star Cast” members were seniors Tyler Regan and Sydney Smith. 

“It’s really awesome to have your time and hard work validated,” Smith said. “Mostly I’m just so excited that I get to advance with my cast.”

Technicians are also a large, yet unnoticed part of what keeps a show in shape. However, at District the dedication of these behind-the-scenes workers was honored. The technicians of LCM One Act collectively received the “Outstanding Tech Award,” while senior Cade Bonin achieved the “Best Tech Award.” 

“I was certainly happy,” Bonin said. “It was nice to have my work recognized, and I was very proud of tech and all our work when we got the ‘Outstanding Tech Award.'”

Among these individual awards, there is an elite “Best Actor” and “Best Actress” award. These awards honor who the judges believe were the best two performers out of the entire competition. Senior Chandler Peveto was awarded “Best Actor” and said he feels very grateful for his victory.

“I couldn’t feel my feet,” Peveto said. “It was a fantastic feeling that I won’t forget. I was surprised and honored for my award.”

The troupe is continuing their season with confidence from their success at District, but also with an understanding of what they can each improve on. Their next level of competition is Bi-District today at Lamar Port Arthur. 

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