Spokesman

The Redmond Proficiency Academy Theatre Troupe recently came away with nine awards at a state competition, along with receiving Honor Troupe status from the Oregon Thespians.

Aidan Bremont, Maria Kramer, Nate Viscaino, Tayah Hester, Izzy King, Marli Messner, Riley Newton, Grace Blanchette, and Grace Sorensen earned a superior ranking April 5 with their performance of “Hold Me, Bat Boy” from “Bat Boy, the Musical.” According to a news release, RPA was the only Central Oregon group to showcase at the state level for the second consecutive year.

“I am so thrilled to see these dedicated students get recognized for their hard work and determination,” said RPA theatre teacher Kate Torcom said in a statement. “This group has such heart.”

RPA’s Riley Newton was also ranked superior in the solo musical category for her song “I Love Play Rehearsals” from “Be More Chill” at the annual Oregon State Thespian Conference, where 1,500 students participate in Salem.

The Honor Troupe status is awarded on a point system that combines theater production, community service, participation and outreach. The RPA Theatre Troupe has volunteered more than 1,000 hours with the charter school’s middle school program during the school year.

For those who want to see the students in action, RPA will also have a production of John Dempsey’s “Zombie Prom,” with shows at 7 p.m. April 20 and 21 and 26-28 at the McClay Center for the Performing Arts, 640 SW Evergreen Ave. Tickets are $5 ($2 for students). They can be purchased in advance at rpatheatre.ticketleap.com.

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