Blanco High School has qualified five students to the Theatrical Design State Finals.
Celia Kasberg (Costume) and Shelby Jester (Makeup and Hair) qualified in individual contest, while four students qualified in the Group Design State Final- Celia Kasberg, Talon Cain, Hannah Hulbert, and Riley Watt.
“I’m so proud of these kids!” said Theatre Arts teacher Amy Arlitt. “The talent of these kids absolutely blows me away. They are such beautiful artist and are so creative with their ideas.”
The Theatrical Design contest is fairly new, established by the UIL in 2007. Students are given a prompt, and must design a “production” around that prompt.
This year’s prompt was Tartuffe, by Moliere. The students spent their summer and weekends reading and watching several different versions of Tartuffe.
Students enter in any of four categories: Costume (3 plates), Set Design (4 plates), Hair and Makeup (3 plates), and Marketing (4 plates). Each entry must also have a very well written paper justifying the design choices by the student. Four students may also join together and enter as a group.
Theatrical Design does not sort its entries by classification- that means that all students, regardless of 5A or 1A, compete against each other to qualify for the state finals.
“This is only the second time we have entered this contest, but it has quickly become something that we look forward to doing,” said Arlitt. “We plan and scheme all summer, thinking of ideas to use for next year’s contest.”
Finalist Celia Kasberg said, “I love the Theatrical Design contest! It takes a lot of hard work, and it can be so stressful working out the details, but once you see the finished product, it gives you such a sense of accomplishment. I’m so proud of us!”
Final critiques will be given to the students on May 21st at Bass Hall in Austin.
Winners will be announced that night after the 5A One Act Play contest.