July 12, 2017

Local students awarded at acting competition

From Redmond Proficiency Academy,
First row left to right: Riley Newton, Katie Bullock, Siena Baker & Izzy King
Second row left to right: DaleMax Williams, Alyx Kruger, Maria Kramer, Marli Messner
Top row left to right: Aidan Bremont, Nathan Viscaino and Theatre Director Kate Torcom  /  Submitted photo
Redmond Proficiency Academy Students Win International Acting Competition, Ten RPA students received the Superior Medallion for Group Musical

The Redmond Proficiency Academy is pleased to announce that ten RPA students received the highest ranking of Superior at the International Thespian Competition held last week in Lincoln, Nebraska for their piece “Beautiful” from Heathers, The Musical.

“I am overwhelmingly proud of the RPA Theatre team,” said Thespian Troupe director, Kate Torcom. “This group has such heart. It is wonderful to see their dedication to theatre and to each other rewarded with the highest ranking.”

Siena Baker, Aidan Bremont, Katie Bullock, Izzy King, Maria Kramer, Alyx Kruger, Marli Messner, Riley Newton, Nathan Viscaino, and DaleMax Williams qualified in the Large Group Musical category.

This was their second Superior award for Baker, Bullock and Viscaino, as they competed in the 2016 event as well. “Going back to Nationals and being ranked Superior for two years in a row is such a dream come true,” said Sophomore, Nate Viscaino. “Everyone who I competed with is such a close friend to me. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity with them.”

The International 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.

Students were able to explore an exhibit of Performing Arts schools as well as audition for the colleges. Juniors, Aidan Bremont, Maria Kramer, and Alyx Kruger auditioned for the college board and were invited to callbacks for over thirty-five schools collectively.

“The opportunities given to juniors at Festival to connect with schools through the college audition program are incredibly unique and valuable,” said Junior, Alyx Kruger. “I was able to not only meet with colleges but also show them my work in theatre, which allowed me to communicate with schools that I may not have discovered otherwise.”

RPA also had the honor of meeting co-creators of their competition piece, Heathers, The Musical, Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy at Festival. Students were able to attend workshops, ask questions, receive autographs, and take pictures with the writers.

“It was the coolest experience getting to meet the men who wrote the piece we had worked so hard on,” said Senior, Katie Bullock. “It was honestly such a reward.”

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