On April 5-7 a team of about 30 theater students from South Eugene High School attended the State Thespian Festival in Salem, Ore. Part of the festival was a competition that consisted of eight categories: solo acting, duo comedic acting, duo dramatic acting, group acting, solo musical, duet musical, small group musical, and large group musical. The entries in these categories at state are made up of the highest-scoring 10 percent of entries in each of the three regions: Northwest, Northeast, and Southern Oregon.
The top two scoring entries in each category at state got to perform their scene in front of all 1,250 thespians in the Elsinore Theater. A group of five students from South showcased in the group scene category with a scene from the play Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche, written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood and directed by South senior Hannah Crowe.
South was also selected by the thespian board to bring and perform the play The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project; the production was directed by Pat Avery. The play was received well, sparked audience members’ emotions and ignited interesting discussions.
Over the three days, students also attended workshops, two dances and a production of The Addams Family Musical by Newburg High School. One of the workshops offered was a stage combat training class in which students learned choreography for a brawl with weapons.
“I’m so glad we got to perform a show that’s so important in front of so many people. And I learned how to knife fight,” joked South sophomore Lexi Mettler, who played a reporter in The Laramie Project.
The South theater program kept up its reputation as one of the best in the state, and the festival was a great learning opportunity for all the thespians who attended.