By Kathy Tucker
White Pine High School
Twelve of the White Pine Players Drama Club members spent three days at Cedar City for the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s high school competition. This is an annual event over two decades old. Schools from all over the Western United States bring young lovers of the Bard’s works to compete at Southern Utah University. WPHS is a part of the Westminster division and competed this year against 20 other schools. Teams from schools include Mono Acts, Duo Acts and Ensembles, all from the works of William Shakespeare. Students are judged by professional actors and directors connected with the Festival. Representing our local high school were two mono acts and two duo acts, who all received high marks: Megan Armstrong and Kat Groff, excellent, (Twelfth Night), Bradlie Mattinson and Chris Cornutt, excellent, (Hamlet), August Gummere, excellent, (Titus Andronicus), and Ben Lytle, excellent (Julius Caesar).
As well as providing performance opportunities, the competition hold a Technical Olympics, which give tech students a chance to show off their knowledge and skill. Each Tech team consists of 8 events: Rigging, Lights, Sound, Stage Management, costumes, Hair and Make-Up, Props and Construction. Receiving first place in their respective events were Christian Bennett, props, August Gummere, sound, Nikko Guardado, lights, and Ben Lytle, Construction. These four first place winners gave White Pine High School the Overall First Place in Westminster Division. Rounding out the team were Catherine Odgers, costumes, Devan Simon, hair & Make-up, Gunnar Smit, stage management, and Aaron Lohmann, rigging.
There will be a special performance of these Shakespeare scenes, as well as others, on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the WPHS stage. The Best of the Bard will be a great performance including a choral reading by Beginning Drama and scenes from Advanced Drama. Admission is free but refreshments will be sold. Show yourself to be a “class act” and attend the Best of the Bard; An Evening of Shakespeare Scenes.