February 9, 2017

Local students win acting awards

From Redmond Proficiency Academy 

Local Students Win Nineteen Awards At South Regional Acting Competition
Eleven RPA students qualified for state competition

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The Redmond Proficiency Academy is pleased to announce that eleven RPA students have qualified for April’s State Thespian Conference. The RPA Thespian Troupe competed in the annual South Regional Acting Competition on February 4th, where the troupe won nineteen awards. In addition to five state qualifying pieces, two other RPA performances were also recognized as Regional Finalists.

"This year’s showing was a true testament to the work done by our RPA Theatre students,” said Kate Torcom, RPA’s theatre teacher and thespian troupe director. “I am constantly impressed by their dedication and enthusiasm.”

Katie Bullock, Siena Baker, Maria Kramer, Alyx Kruger, Aidan Bremont, Nate Viscaino, Izzy King, Marli Messner, Riley Newton, DaleMax Williams, and Cael Reed qualified for the state competition in the Large Group Musical category with the song “Beautiful” from Heathers, the Musical.

Additionally, first-time winner junior Maria Kramer and sixth-time winner senior Katie Bullock are both going to the State Thespian Conference after their winning performances in the solo music category.

“I couldn’t be happier with the result. We all worked so hard and to see it pay off is the greatest feeling,” said Bullock. “I’m so proud to be a part of this department, and I couldn't ask for a better way to end my last Regionals."

In the duo competition, Comedic Experienced division, juniors Alyx Kruger and Aidan Bremont were named as Regional Finalists for their performance of Lovers and Other Strangers. Freshman Tayah Hester was awarded as a Regional Finalist in the Solo Acting Novice division.

“It is really gratifying to see our theatre department's hard work pay off in such a substantial way,” said Kruger, who placed in all three of her events, qualifying for State as a member of the Large Group Musical and for her Solo Acting Experienced pieces. “Everyone brought so much of themselves to Regionals this year, and I think it really shows.”

Freshmen Izzy King and Marli Messner are State Qualifiers in the Duo Dramatic Novice category for their performance of Jailbait. Both were also members of the Large Group Musical number.

“Marli and I have been friends since birth, so it’s a huge dream come true for us to go to State side by side each other,” said King.

RPA was the most decorated troupe from Central Oregon at Regionals and has established a reputation as a strong competitor school in the Southern Region.

RPA also won the Southern Region’s Knock-Your-Socks-Off drive by collecting 409 pairs of socks for the homeless and less fortunate. “This was a last minute effort by our troupe, as the drive was only announced a week prior, and the students rallied,” said Torcom. “It was inspiring to see how committed they were to helping those in need.” RPA Theatre was awarded priority seating at the State competition for their charity efforts.

The eleven RPA winners from the February competition will continue to the Oregon State Thespian Conference, April 6th-8th. The conference is an annual festival that celebrates the talent and hard work of Oregon's High School Theatre troupes. Nearly 1,500 theatre students from around the state congregate in Salem for the three-day, two-night event which consists of workshops taught by industry professionals, one-acts, three main stage productions, and the state showcase competition. These eleven performers have also qualified for the International Thespian Festival this June in Lincoln, Nebraska. Baker, Bullock, and Viscaino were part of RPA’s Small Group Musical performance that earned Superior honors at last year’s International Thespian Festival.

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