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More info: C.H.S. Theatre Students Win Awards for Fall Play

Cast and crew of the recent One-Act play: first row (l-r) - Eddie Connell, Tanner Davis, Mason Best, Hannah Barber, Marisol Gaspar Orozco, Mary Harrison, James Rodden, Ella Folsom, and Jayden Twyman; second row - Ansley Ponder and Zoe Watson. Not Pictured - Corrine Carrillo, Alondra Ortiz, and Iversyn Session.

On Friday, October 25, members of the Cairo High School Theatre program performed in the region’s One-Act Literary Competition at George Washington Carver High School, Columbus, Ga. Here’s the scoop on the several awards the 14 students took home.

Ms. Landrie Bock, who directed the group and teaches theatre classes at CHS, chose It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play as this fall’s play, which she says must be less than 55 minutes for the competition. A twist on the classic Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life, the piece brings the story of George Bailey to life as a “live 1940s radio broadcast,” according to the play’s description.

Cairo High School placed 4th out of the seven region schools that competed. Other contenders included Columbus High School, who placed first with their performance of Medea, second-place winner Hardaway High School, and, in third place, Northside High School.

In addition to the school’s overall 4th place finish, freshman Alondra Ortiz and sophomore Ansley Ponder secured a Best Technical Theatrical Excellence in Sound Effects award for their on-stage sound effects as the “radio show’s” Foley artists, and freshman Eddie Connell won Best Supporting Actor for his Jimmy Stewart-esque portrayal of George Bailey.

Also, four other students - Mason Best (9th grade), Corrine Carrillo (9th grade), Mary Harrison (11th grade), and James Rodden (12th grade) – won region All-Star Cast awards for their performances.

Freshman Eddie Connell won Best Supporting Actor at region Literary Competition.

When asked how he felt about winning Best Supporting Actor, Eddie Connell remarked, “I feel good, but I feel like everyone else could have gotten it too. We all worked hard and did really well.”

The entire cast included: freshmen Mason Best, Corrine Carrillo, Eddie Connell, Tanner Davis, and Alondra Ortiz; sophomores Hannah Barber, Ansley Ponder, Iversyn Session, and Jayden Twyman; juniors Marisol Gaspar-Orozco, Mary Harrison, and Zoe Watson; and seniors Ella Folsom and James Rodden.

“I am proud and honored to work with these kids,” says Ms. Bock. “They are the foundation of our theatre department for the School of Fine Arts at [CHS]. They are the reason this program will grow.”

Students will perform It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play one last time on December 5th for the residents of Magnolia Place of Cairo senior living center. The CHS Theatre program will be presenting its spring musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, based off Charles Shultz’s Peanuts comic strip, May 1-3, 2020.

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