For the first time, the Ridgefield High School Thespian Troupe took part in the Southwest Regional Acting and Technical Theatre event this past November. And much to their surprise, they did very well!
Several students came away with wins and some are off to state and nationals later in 2019. “Since this was our first time competing, I wasn’t sure how well we would do, but the students exceeded all expectations,” said Kaitlyn Etter – Theatre Arts Director.
Students continuing on to state are, Cristyn LaChaine, Kennedy Howlett, and Sofia Lee – Solo Musical Theatre; Bridget Donaldson and Sebastian Rogas-Rincon – Duo Musical Theatre; Callie Stenersen and Phoebe Langwell – Duo Scene; Payton Kautz – Stage Management.
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Two students received top “Superior” scores and are headed to the national competition in June of 2019. Congratulations to Lily Ray – Musical Theatre Soloist and Phoebe Langwell – Monologue.
According to Lily Ray, competing was “terrifying”, but the team comradery made it a bit easier. “Although I know each student was anxious about their piece, we were all very supportive of each other and able to showcase our talents in the best way possible. I’m honored to be able to represent Ridgefield’s School District in this way.”
The Troupe will be fundraising for their trip to state at Central Washington University in March and nationals at the University of Lincoln-Nebraska in June.
“I was and am incredibly proud of them. The students represented Ridgefield High School so well, and we should be incredibly proud of their work. Congratulations to Spudder Theatre Troupe 8635!” said Etter.
From all of us here at Clark County Live, congratulations and good luck at state and nationals!