Spokesman

Redmond Proficiency Academy’s Thespian Troupe No. 7715 received 29 ribbons for excellence in various acting categories at the annual South Regional Acting Competition Feb. 2 in Independence, according to a press release from the public charter school.

In addition, 22 students qualified for the April 4-6 state competition in Salem.

RPA was the most decorated troupe from Central Oregon at the regional competition for the fourth year in a row, according to the press release.

RPA also won the Southern Region’s hygiene drive by collecting 11,290 items of the total 13,653 collections for donation to shelters in Oregon.

“It’s inspiring to see the students rally together to collect donations for those in need,” RPA theater director Kate Torcom said in the statement. “This department has some serious heart.”

This was RPA’s third consecutive year bringing the most donations to the Southern Region. The troupe was awarded priority seating at the state competition for their charity efforts.

“Today was a great day for us,” Torcom said. “It was so rewarding to see such a wide array of our students get recognized for their hard work. It’s amazing that students from each grade at RPA, from freshmen to senior, will be competing at state in April.”

RPA students qualified for several categories at state including large group musical; duos in musical, dramatic and comedy and solo performances.

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