Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

April 3, 2013

Mineral Wells thespians win district – again!

Ram Theater makes history, advancing to area for third consecutive year


Mineral Wells Index

— By LIBBY CLUETT



Mineral Wells thespians rounded out University Interscholastic League wins by sweeping up One-Act Play District 6, Class 3-A awards last weekend in Kennedale and advancing to area competition for the third consecutive year.

Ram Thespian Club President Joshua Davis said the run cast and crew are the first Mineral Wells One-Act Play company to make district in UIL division for three years in a row. It all began with the “King Stag,” in 2011, “The Beggar's Opera,” last year, and “The Imaginary Invalid” last Saturday.

Davis said they took home more of the district's One-Act Play awards than any other school. MWISD awards include:

• Best technical crew, for Lacy Barnes, Jessica Whaley, M’Kayla Wilson, Jesus Rodriguez and Tambrey Davis.

• Best overall techie for Barnes.

• One honorable mention all-star cast to sophomore Anjelica Jones.

• Three all-star cast awards to seniors Derrick Lohrer, Courtney Havens and Marina Loredo.

• And a best-actor award to senior Eric España.

The “Imaginary Invalid” takes place in France in 1674, Davis said. He added that, compared to last year's “Beggar's Opera,” the play and actors have a specific style.

“We have a specific walk and a specific talk and the designs of the set are all Baroque style,” he explained. The play was set in a period of artistic style that employed exaggerated movement, fashion and ornamentation.

In addition to Laredo, Havens, Davis, España and Lohrer, the 17-member company includes three more seniors – Caleb Byram, Paul Kramer and Rodriguez. Davis said the seniors take their off-stage role seriously to continue the One-Act Play success. He said it begins with teamwork and building a theater family for the future.

“Knowing that half the 'Beggar's Opera' people moved on, with the incoming freshmen and those who are new to theater [we] create even more of a family atmosphere,” he said. “We are training our underclassmen for One Act next year. It's one of the things seniors do for underclassmen.”

“Now it's really all-or-nothing teamwork; we rely on each other,” he said, but added that they also know how to adjust when things don't go exactly as planned.

“What I like about what Joshua's saying is we don't take our worth off advancement,” said MWHS Theater Director Kris Allen. “It's important to build a company of actors.”

Next up is area competition at Keller High School on Saturday, April 13.

Davis said the strategy is simple, “We have area in two weeks and we plan on doing the same thing there.”

“In this particular competition it's one particular judge's opinion on one day,” Allen noted of UIL One-Act Play contests. “At area, there are six very diverse shows; it's difficult to judge art side-by-side, especially when it's so different. The only thing we can do is do the best show we can and do so much better than the other schools that the judge doesn't have a choice.”