Ashland High School theater students received The Oregon State Thespian Honor Troupe Award for the sixth year in a row at the 2011 Oregon State Thespian Conference in Salem held March 30 through April 2 at the Elsinore Theatre and South Salem High School.
Ashland High School theater students received the Oregon State Thespian Honor Troupe Award for the sixth year in a row at the 2011 Oregon State Thespian Conference in Salem, held March 30 through April 2 at the Elsinore Theatre and South Salem High School.
Thirty-one AHS Theatre students participated in the three-day festival of high school theatre with 50 other schools.
Three schools in the state showcased their full-length plays, 30 schools produced one-acts and nearly 20 professionals and senior students presented workshops in technical and artistic theatre. Harry Potter- and Lady Gaga-themed dances were held each night after a showcase.
Oregon Thespians recognizes four schools out of 50 in the for their outstanding achievements in educational theatre as Honor Troupes. Selection of Honor Troupes is made by a panel of independent judges.
Points are awarded for extraordinary involvement in the school, the community, and in the production season. This year, for the sixth year a in a row, AHS won The Oregon State Thespian Honor Troupe Award.
All of AHS' 12 regional winners who competed at state qualified for International Thespian Competition to be held in Lincoln, Neb., in June, including: Amelia Farber, solo musical; Eoghan McDowell, solo musical; Amelia Mejia, solo musical; Rowan Heglie, pantomime; and Group Musical Theatre participants Tay Smith, Drew Starmer, Braeden Bell, Nick McKernan, Zeke Smith, Braeden Bell, Mason McClellan, Zach Bohanna and Eoghan McDowell.
Drew Starmer and Aurelia Grierson presented a conference workshop, "Performing Shakespeare: Working with a Classic Monologue." Uri Wolfe-Blank wrote and directed his original play "Adlibs." Aurelia Grierson directed "Common Ground" by Brenden Votipka
Also at the conference, artistic director of Nutshell Theatre, local professional actor and master mask maker James Peck presented a character mask and movement workshop. An Ashland resident, Peck is the director of AHS' spring show, "Haroun And The Sea Of Stories" by Salmon Rushdie, to present its Northwest premiere May 4-15 at the Mountain Avenue Theatre.