UIL theater kills the competition

On March 18, UIL One Act Play competed against Socorro, Montwood, Coronado, El Dorado, Franklin, and Americas High Schools in order to advance to the Bi-District competition.

The cast included Alyssa Tellez as Christine Penmark, Adrian Torres as Kenneth Penmark, Ainsley Bowar as Rhoda Penmark, Jaeme Orfanos as Monica Breedlove, Jordan Galardo as Emory Breedlove, Adam Velasquez as Reginald Tasker, Diego Parada as Leroy, Zaid Zavala as Richard Bravo, Marisa Yanez as Ms. Daigle, Brandon Gash as Mr. Daigle, Ana Teresa Porras as Ms. Fern, Alberto Velasquez as Messanger. The crew included Rosangela Martinez, Michaela Orrantia, Emily Delgado, Luis Loya, and Luis Enriquez.

They are competing with an adaptation of the play "Bad Seed". The play is a suspense filled horror that follows Rhoda Penmark, an 8 year old girl, as she kills her classmate Claude and frantically works to cover her guilt.

While the choice of genre may sound odd for a high school production, senior Diego Parada believes that performing a horror play is what truly set them apart from the others.

"A lot of shows do comedy or drama," Parada said. "We took a big risk since it's hard to cut a suspense and maintain the same weight and depth of the script."

Senior Ana Teresa Porras said that although the genre may have given them a leg up, it was truly the effort of the cast and crew that made this a winning piece.

"I think that the horror elements of the play were great, but more than that, everyone in the play sets us apart," Porras said. "All of our talents came together and we learned to play off each other in a way that makes us unique."

Parada agreed that the best part of the play was the people he was working with.

"We're all good friends and we all push each other to do better," Parada said. "I think we work together so well, and put time and energy into these shows."

Director Larissa Rollins said that since the results all come down to the opinion of the judge, it's important to do what gives the cast the best shot at success.

"It's impossible to know or even guess what a judge is looking for," Rollins said. "Theater is so subjective so you can never know. What makes us successful is that 1) We pick a piece that is interesting, 2) that is suited to the cast and 3) that it challenges the students and myself."

Rollins said that moving forward the possibility of success is unknown, but that theater is about so much more than just a trophy.

"There's no way to know what our odds are," Rollins said. "You take it one show at a time, you do it because you love it and hope the award comes. There's no way to know."

UIL Theater will be competing on March 24 in Wolfforth, TX.