Fort Bend Christian Academy sweeps top district TAPPS awards
After making Fort Bend Christian Academy (FBCA) history in 2018 with district wins for Best Play, Best Actor and Best Actress at the TAPPS One-Act Play competition, FBCA repeated the same wins at the 2019 competition.
The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools commits to building leadership, fellowship, fair play and sportsmanship of students enrolled in the organization’s member schools in the areas of academics, athletics and fine arts by providing competition.
FBCA’s entry, “The Diviners,” placed first for Best Play, while its actors, seniors Brennan Vacek and Aedin Waldorf won Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively. It was Waldorf’s second year in a row to receive this honor. This year’s competition was held in November at San Jacinto College in Houston.
“The cast of “The Diviners” consisted of our top actors in the school. They have been acting on stage for years,” says FBCA’s theatre arts teacher, Lana Thompson. “We only take our juniors and seniors to the competition. Everyone from the production theater class attends, either as actors or crew members.”
Last year, FBCA’s “The Scent of Jasmine” placed first for Best Play, as well as Best Actor and Best Actress awards. Senior Matthew Pozzi won Best Actor, and junior Waldorf brought home the Best Actress award.
"I truly am so lucky to have a class that supports me through everything. Both years, we've become like family, and they have been instrumental to my growth as both an actress and a person,” Waldorf said. “I couldn't have tackled the two hardest roles I've ever had without their support. Mrs. Thompson is, in every way, supportive and understanding and sees the potential in every person. She pushes us to be the best we can be. I owe everything to her!”
77彩票网app“Our goal was to move the audience, and we did,” Thompson says. “Aedin and Brennan were able to walk on stage, stay in the world they created, and deliver believable characters. They were living the parts — they wanted to portray people that the audience could connect with. Both were able to create moments that took the air out of the room.”
FBCA brought home other awards from the district competition this year as well: juniors Jessica Crocker and Audrey Hodson won All-Star Crew; seniors Riley Cargile and Damisi Akinpelu won Honorable Mention Acting Cast; and senior Brandon Wood and junior Sam Farah won All-Star Acting Cast.
The top two schools winning district advance to the state competition, which is held in Kerrville, at the Cailloux Theatre. Waldorf, Vacek and Wood were awarded Honorable Mentions in Acting, and Farah won All-Star Acting Cast.
In November 2016, FBCA did win the highest award for the first time. Their performance of “Twelve Angry Jurors,” a play about a jury forced to reconsider its nearly unanimous decision, earned them the title of State TAPPS One-Act Play Champions.
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