June 8, 2017

Local students qualify for National competition

From Redmond Proficiency Academy,
Back row left to right: Nathan Viscaino & Aidan Bremont; Middle row left to right: Siena Baker, Kate Torcom (Theatre Director) Katie Bullock & Izzy King; Front row left to right: DaleMax Williams, Alyx Krueger, Riley Newton, Marli Messner &​ Maria Kramer / Submitted photo
Redmond Proficiency Academy Students Qualify for National Acting Competition

The Redmond Proficiency Academy is pleased to announce that ten RPA students have qualified for the National Thespian Competition to be held early this summer in Lincoln, Nebraska. All ten of the qualifying students also held lead roles in RPA’s spring musical, Legally Blonde.

The National Thespian Festival is a weeklong experience that extends beyond the competition alone. Organized by the Education Theatre Association and hosted by the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, the festival features workshops presented by theatre professionals, individual and group performances, programs for technical theatre students, and opportunities to audition for college admission and scholarship.

"It is exciting to take students to compete for a second year at Nationals,” said Kate Torcom, RPA’s Theatre Teacher and Thespian Troupe Director. “It is a theatrical marathon of a week and we cannot wait to reconnect with other schools.”

Siena Baker, Aidan Bremont, Katie Bullock, Izzy King, Alyx Kruger, Maria Kramer, Marli Messner, Riley Newton, Nathan Viscaino, and DaleMax Williams qualified in the Large Group Musical category. They will travel to Nationals with the piece “Beautiful” from Heathers, The Musical. Three of the ten qualifiers are returning champions after RPA’s Nationals success in 2016.

“ I feel so honored to be returning to Nationals for the second time, and this time with more of my teammates,” said Senior, Katie Bullock. “It feels so incredible to see all of our hard work continue to pay off.”

“Traveling to and competing at Nationals is an opportunity that I know I will never forget, but what’s more important to me are the people that I get to experience this with,” said Freshman, Riley Newton. “We have grown so close and have become a real family.”

RPA is currently seeking donations for the students to attend this unique learning experience. You can support these students by making a tax-deductible contribution to Redmond Proficiency Academy. If you would like to donate, please contact Kate Torcom at 541.610.6586 or kate_torcom@rpacademy.org.

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