April 19, 2017

Local students recognized in acting competition

From Redmond Proficiency Academy,


Redmond Proficiency Academy Students Win Three Ribbons And Scholarship At State Acting Competition

   The Redmond Proficiency Academy is pleased to announce that three RPA students have “showcased” at the Oregon State Thespian Conference. The RPA Thespian Troupe competed in the annual Oregon State Acting Competition on April 6th, where the troupe won three awards. In addition to the three state showcase ribbons, one RPA student was awarded the Oregon Thespians’ Scholarship.

   "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, Izzy King, and Marli Messner earned a superior ranking and performed for the entire conference in the State Showcase. Senior, Katie Bullock won the Solo Music category with the song “Burn” from the musical Hamilton.

   “It’s amazing to see all the hard work pay off,” said Bullock. “After four years of qualifying, it’s incredible to be able to finally get up on that stage."

   Freshmen Izzy King and Marli Messner showcased in the Duo Dramatic Acting category with a scene from the play Jailbait by Deirdre O’Conor. King and Messner qualified in the Novice category at Regionals, but competed against both Novice and Experienced scenes at the State level.

   “To be able to perform at my first State with my wonderful friend is surreal,” said Messner. “I am beyond proud of her and myself.” King added, “I am lucky that I get to do something I love and have the experience of performing for the entire Oregon Thespian society.”

   RPA was the only troupe from Central Oregon to showcase at the state level and has established a reputation as a well respected theatre school amongst Oregon Thespians.

   In addition to performing in the State Showcase, Bullock was awarded the Melba Day Sparks Memorial Award, Oregon Thespians’ premiere scholarship. This scholarship is reserved for devoted Thespians with unparalleled commitment to theatre in their schools. Bullock was awarded $2000 to go towards her education.

   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.

About Redmond Proficiency Academy
The Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) is a public charter school operating in the Redmond School District. In its eighth year of operation, RPA serves over 800 students in grades 6-12 from throughout Central Oregon. Using a proficiency-based instructional methodology in a personalized learning environment, RPA strives to prepare all students for success in college and in life.

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