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Sandy High drama students qualify for state competition

Drama students show their stuff, and get the chance to advance


Sandy High School drama students gave it their all at the Oregon Thespian Northeast Regional Acting Competition on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Of the 42 students who competed against the 16 schools, 12 of them qualified for state in their performances.

The pairs of Cassidy Williams and Sam Helzer, and Kady Bradley and Olivia Welch qualified in duo dramatic experienced acting.

Sandy’s entry in small group musical theater not only qualified for the state competition in April, it received a perfect score from judges — the highest score at the competition. The entry was a scene from “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” performed by Sam Helzer, JJ Dominguez, Riley McCord, Ruben Garza, Anthony Ulibarri and Sam Oxley.

“To get a perfect score is tough,” said drama teacher Chris Harris. “The judges really liked it. The performance was sheer energy.”

Helzer reported he is as excited as it is possible to be, but the groups won’t be doing much preparation for state until after their performance of “Prisoners” set to open March 7.

In addition to the state qualifiers, four Sandy students received regional finalist awards. Theresa Lehr and Sam Helzer were finalists in solo experienced acting, and Dalton Turner and Rachel Shay were finalists in solo novice acting.

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