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Community gathers for BHS One-Act Play send-off as cast, crew leave for State contest in Austin

Community gathers for BHS One-Act Play send-off as cast, crew leave for State contest in Austin
May 05
13:11 2023

Buckaroo fans gathered at the local schools, daycares and on corners throughout Breckenridge this morning, Friday, May 5, in a send-off for the high school’s One-Act Play ensemble as they left for the UIL State competition in Austin. As they drove through town, the students and staff were escorted by the Breckenridge Police Department and Fire Department with sirens blaring and lights flashing.

In the BHS production of “Wit,” Avery Rodgers portrays Vivian Bearing, a college professor dying from ovarian cancer. Click here to see more photos from the April 30 performance. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

This year’s Breckenridge High School’s One-Act Play entry is “Wit,” a play by American playwright Margaret Edson about a university English professor who is dying from ovarian cancer. On Saturday, May 6, the Buckaroo team will be the first 3A school to perform in the State contest in Austin, going on stage at 3 p.m. The competition will take place in the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center (PAC), located at 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd. in Austin.

Tickets to attend the State contest in Austin cost $18 per person (children age 2 and younger will be admitted at no charge) per session. Tickets must be purchased through the UIL online box office (click here).

There will be eight 3A schools performing, separated into two sessions. The first session begins at 3 p.m. and includes BHS (“Wit”), Randolph High School-Universal City (“We All Fall Down”), White Oak High School (“The Tragedy of Hamlet”), and Mount Vernon High School (“A Monster Calls”). The second session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and includes Canadian High School (“Moon Over Buffalo”), Hempstead High School (“Oedipus El Rey”), Van Vleck High School (“Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play”), and Industrial High School-Vanderbilt (“The Sparrow”).

The Breckenridge High School cast and crew include:

  • Vivian Bearing – Avery Rodgers
  • Dr. Kelekian/Ensemble – Monsey Mendoza
  • E.M. Ashford/Ensemble – Alexis Vick
  • College Age Vivian/Ensemble – Kenna Adams
  • Susie Monahan – Zaea Ragle
  • Dr. Jason Posner – Antley Rodgers
  • Professor Age Vivian/Ensemble – Haley Graham
  • Mr. Bearing/Ensemble – Nick Delacruz
  • Five-Year-Old Vivian/Ensemble – Zoey Cotter
  • Technician/Student/Fellow/Ensemble – Adriana Perez
  • Technician/Student/Fellow/Ensemble – Preslie Malcuit
  • Technician/Student/Fellow/Ensemble – Camila Palacios
  • Tori Gotschall – Stage Manager
  • Claire David – ASM/LED Operator
  • Laisha Palacios – Backstage Crew
  • Joel Jackson – Light Board Operator
  • Trevin McAlmond – Sound Board Operator
  • Alternate: Katy Wilson
  • Directors: Tucker Young, Mindy West, Shelby Copeland

On Sunday, April 30, the troupe presented the play to a local audience at Bailey Auditorium. Breckenridge Texan Publisher Tony Pilkington was there and took pictures for a Breckenridge Texan gallery (click here to see the gallery). To read Pilkington’s column about the play and other BHS State competitors, click here to see this week’s edition of The Breckenridge Texan’s Weekly News Roundup, a free newsletter that goes out in email to subscribers every Monday (sometimes on Tuesday during holiday weeks).

To read more about BHS’s 2023 One-Act Play experience, click on the following links:

Breckenridge High School’s One-Act Play team wins first place at Bi-District, prepares for Area contest

BHS’s One-Act Play team advances to Regionals

BHS One-Act Play troupe bound for State after advancing at Regionals

BHS theater to present ‘Wit’ for community on Sunday, April 30

The cast of “Wit” has received several awards at the various UIL competitions. The State contest will be Saturday, May 6, in Austin. (Photo by Tony PIlkington/Breckenridge Texan)

The BHS seniors in the One-Act Play ensemble take a bow after the public performance on April 30 in Bailey Auditorium. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

The three vehicles taking Breckenridge High School’s One-Act Play cast and crew to Austin for the State competition were escorted by Breckenridge police and fire vehicles through the community Friday morning before they left town. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: Breckenridge High School and Junior High School students and staff gathered outside the schools Friday morning, May 5, to cheer on the One-Act Play troupe as they left for Austin to compete in the State UIL contest on Saturday. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)




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