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Glencoe theater champions head to International Thespian Festival

The school year may be over for most students, but a dozen Glencoe High School’s theater troupe members are preparing to head to the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb., June 24-30. 

During the Oregon Thespian Festival, Glencoe’s theater troupe won four statewide honors — first place and second place in the one-act plays competing to represent Oregon at the International Thespian Festival; first place in the technical challenge; and third place in stage management (won by Samantha Sagar).

The winning one-act play is “Controlling Interest” by Wayne Rawley. It’s a comedy in which a group of 8-year-old boys hold an important business meeting to discuss the possibility of liking girls. 

The play will be performed by Glencoe’s cast at the festival. Cast members include Brenden Utting, Bailey LuBean, Kaleb Bacchetti, Jesse Donnelly, Ashley Gaston, and Reyna Cox. The second place one-act Play was “The Right to Remain” by Melanie Marnich, starring Devon Roberts, Riley Gibson, and Samantha Sagar.

Glencoe’s technicians also won the highest honors in the tech challenge, competing in four different technical events for the state championship. Events included a props shift, taping a scaled ground plan, sewing a button and hanging and focusing a “source four” lighting instrument. Team members included Melissa Hampton, Kassy Holub, Riley Gibson, Amanda Kishlock, Samantha Sagar and Jesse Donnelly.

During the festival, Glencoe’s tech team will compete in multiple events against teams from around the globe. They are working on added challenges, such as knot-tying, legging a platform, folding a drop, setting up a sound system, a costume quick change and a cable relay.

Also, many students qualified to compete to be a national individual events showcase qualifier. These students received superior ratings during regional competition, and include Reyna Cox for solo acting, Kaleb Bacchetti for solo singing, Ali Strelchun and Samantha Sagar for duo dramatic acting and Riley Gibson and Ashley Gaston for duo dramatic acting.

In addition to observing shows from high schools around the globe, students will have the opportunity to audition for 50 colleges and attend sessions with theater professionals.



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