Blanco’s One Act Play, Medea, captured top honors at the District 27-AA OAP contest held last Saturday in Llano.
Blanco entered the OAP contest trailing Lago Vista 574-572 in district UIL competition, but Blanco’s 40-point performance on Saturday was more than enough to secure the District UIL Academic championship for the Panthers.
“Quite a few of my cast and crew are in other UIL events, so we were all well aware of the standings going into Saturday,” said OAP director Amy Arlitt. “I don’t think it affected us at all.”
“We had a show to perform, an audience to entertain, and judges to impress. We’ve been working very hard on this production since December, and we were laser focused on what we wanted to do.”
Blanco received top honors at the awards ceremony. In addition to selection as an advancing play, Best Actress honors went to Annabeth Griffin. All Star Cast honors went to Talon Cain and the Savage Chorus of Shayna Srackangast, Riley Watt, Katlinn Calzoncit, and Christyn Champion; Honorable Mention All Star Cast honors went to Savannah Kershaw and the Greek Chorus of Christina Cortez, Gracie Edmondson, and Montana Wiseman; and Technical Crew honors went to Celia Kasberg.
Event judge Rick Green said, “Medea is one of the most difficult characters in all of theater to perform. I am impressed that Annabeth (Griffin) has made this much progress with such a complex character.”
All three critic judges made positive comments on the set and costumes.
“I couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” continued Arlitt.
“The Savage Chorus and the Greek Chorus were so in sync- their voices and articulation were spot on together, and the judges rewarded them with honors.”
“It’s difficult enough to get an individual award at these contests, but to have three or four individuals work so tightly together that they are named to a top individual spot as a group is really amazing.”
“Hannah Hulbert worked in the light booth, and had one of the toughest jobs-sitting down behind a very sophisticated light board with over 200 buttons is so intimidating. Yet all of the judges commented that out lights really helped to create several ‘pretty pictures.’”
“Annabeth, Talon, and Savannah all placed individually as well. I am thrilled!”
“I’ve often said One Act Play is like a duck paddling on water. The audience is privileged to see a beautiful story told with fluidity and precision, yet behind the scenes these kids are dealing with dry ice, hot plates, costume changes, screaming, chanting, special effects, lightning, thunder, and last minute emergencies- and I’m not allowed to be backstage for any of it.”
“These kids are learning how to work as a team, be resourceful, and stay focused. It never ceases to amaze me how mature and talented these students are.”
The Area OAP contest will be held on Saturday, April 12, at New Braunfels Canyon High School.
Word from Russell Kirkscey
Blanco UIL Coordinator Russell Kirkscey said, “The One Act Play cast and crew knew that they needed to put out their best effort to ensure a good shot at the district title-and they rose to the occasion.”
“We have several ninth and tenth graders who scored a lot of points at district this year. There’s a great foundation for next year’s leadership developing already.”
“I’d like to thank Drs. Ford and Barton and our school board members for their consistent support to make UIL academics a success at Blanco ISD.”