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Final drama competition gets Superior results


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Troupe 6034  won four excellent and two superior ratings out of the six shows its members brought to the recent state thespian competition.  The three-day event included many different types of acts, musicals, duets and even pantomimes performed by 8,000 students from various schools.

“I’ve gone to states every year and the final one was the perfect ending,” senior Lizzie Guerra said. “This year the scores came in immediately after performing, which made the whole process a lot easier. I feel like a better performer because I’ve gone through the process of working hard with my friends to bring something to life. It had felt like we never had time to rehearse for state, but in the end it all worked out. To bring that many events to state and have them all place is absolutely amazing, and I don’t think anyone in the troupe is unaware of how proud we should all be.”

Guerra and senior Jenna Bratman performed in a duet called “The Last Dance” and were awarded Superior for their performance. The other Superior award was given to the large-group musical “Our Favorite Son.” The remaining four performances — including the small-group musical,  “On My Way”; a pantomime, “Surprise Baby”; a large-group musical, “I Can Hear The Bells”;  and a Duet acting,  “The Pain Scale” — all earned Excellent ratings from the judges.

Bratman said she was pleased with the results.

“I was actually pretty nervous because the judges are so much more strict at state, so nothing was really guaranteed,” she said. “I did really feel confident with my duet after we performed, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up since its much harder to get Superiors at state. I was so happy when we found out we got a Superior because that was my first time performing at states. Overall, we did very well this year and it was a great way to end my first and last time there.”

Guerra summed up her experience.

“I’ve performed each year at state and never received a Superior. To me, that was such an insane idea. Our duet was the very last thing either of us would be performing for a theater competition in our high- school careers. When [drama teacher Maureen] Fallon said “superior” a wave of joy, relief and happiness washed over me. It was amazing getting Superior, but even better knowing we did it our last time.”

By Anna Wilder

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