Public performance for One-Act Play

Public performance for One-Act Play
Posted on 03/16/2021
Public performance for One-Act Play

“The Bald Soprano” is considered an important work in the theatre of the absurd; but there’s nothing absurd about Nacogdoches High School’s One-Act Play team that swept the top district awards with their performance earlier this month.

NHS brought home four All-Star Cast Awards on March 5, an honorable mention All-Star Cast and won the Honor Crew award for Best Technical Students.

One-Act Play moves on to bi-district competition March 23-24 at Texas High. Before that, NHS will host performances for the public on Thursday and Friday of this week, March 18-19, at the high school auditorium. Cost is $5 at the door, and masks will be required and social distancing measures will be enforced. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the curtain will go up at 7 p.m. for the 40-minute long performance.

Because it's a non-traditional play, “The Bald Soprano” was a bit of a risk, senior cast member Lillian Williams said, although, it turns out, the judges loved the performance. The hardware brought home afterwards by NHS is the biggest haul yet from theater teacher Victoria Perry’s 15-year career at the school.

NHS performers use British accents during the play. Perry provided the cast direction on how best to add the accents, which included a number of movies and TV shows they could watch. Williams watched a 2005 production of “Pride and Prejudice,” which was already one of her favorites.

The Honor Crew award was an indication of the overall strength of the team’s performance, Perry said.

Stage manager Gracie O’Dell, a senior, was in her third performance with NHS. “It’s important to see all the elements come together,” she said.

For Emmanuel Gomez, supporting the cast is his main reason for being a part of the technical team. “I like to see them succeed.”

Cast and crew wore masks during their performance at the district competition in Lufkin, something theatre director Victoria Perry had already declared non-negotiable.

Cast members said the masks had little effect on the performance.

“It didn’t really feel that different,” said senior cast member Joshua Hall.

“We just had to make our eyes more expressive,” senior Lillian Williams said.

 

“The Bald Soprano”

Setting: London, England 1965

 

Cast:

Mrs. Smith – Lillian Williams*

Mr. Smith – Mars McIntosh

Mrs. Martin – Brianna Hightower

Mr. Martin – Joshua Hall*

Fire Chief – Michelle Coffee

Mary – Mae Johnston

 

Awards:

2021 All Star Cast: Lillian Williams, Joshua Hall, Mars McIntosh, Brianna Hightower

2021 Honorable Mention All Star Cast: Mae Johnston

2020 Honorable Mention All Star Cast: Michelle Coffee

*Senior 2021

 

Tech Crew:

Gracie O’Dell – Stage Manager*

Emma Milstead – Assistant Stage Manager

Emmanuel Gomez – Sound*

Charlotte Bradford – Backstage Lights

Samantha Billing – Lights

Audrey Bray – .Sound Effects

Nelly Gotcher – Backstage

Janiya Tea – Backstage

Jacqueline Romero – Backstage*

 

Directed by Victoria Perry and Amanda Heron

 

Awards:

Honor Crew

Outstanding Technical: Gracie O’Dell

*Senior

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