77彩票网appMore than 8,000 thespian delegates and almost 2,000 performances but only six were selected to perform on the Main Stage during the Texas Thespians State Festival’s closing ceremonies.

77彩票网appGreatwood resident, 17-year-old George Ranch senior Reagan Scott, was one of the chosen six. She was honored to be the first Lamar Consolidated Independent School District student in history to be asked to perform on the festival’s Main Stage for closing ceremonies.

“Reagan has been consistently honing her craft and working hard to represent herself, this troupe and GRHS in an incredible way,” said George Ranch High School’s theater director L Jay Edenmeyer. “To be chosen to perform in the Main Stage closing ceremonies is an incredible honor. It is rare for that to happen to anyone, and for Reagan to be recognized for her dedication and talent speaks volumes for her and the incredible troupe who continue to support and guide each other.”

The Longhorn Players (George Ranch’s theatre troupe #7888) participated at the 2019 Texas Thespians State Festival in Grapevine on Nov. 21-23. It is one of the largest annual thespian festivals in the world. Students and their troupe directors celebrate an entire weekend of all things theater.

Scott was one of two George Ranch students to receive a perfect score for her entry, “All Falls Down” from “Chaplin,” and become eligible to audition for the Main Stage Performance. Senior Paige Klase also received a perfect score for her performance “Me and the Sky” from “Come From Away.” Of the 92 festival perfect scores, only six were chosen to perform.

“When I saw that Paige and I got perfect scores, I couldn't believe it. Nothing hit me until I was on the bus ride home. I thought that receiving a perfect score was already the perfect end to the festival, but performing on Main Stage was surreal,” she said. “I dreamed about having this opportunity when I was a freshman, but I told myself that the chance of it happening was extremely slim. I worked hard for this opportunity, and I couldn't have done it without the immense amount of support I have, and without the relationship with Jesus that has been guiding me throughout my entire life.”

77彩票网appAt the festival, troupe members competed in individual and group events, technical events, attend workshops, audition for colleges, learned from nationally acclaimed guest speakers, enjoyed performances from other troupes on the Main Stage and relished in the opportunity to meet fellow thespians from all over the state who share their love of theater.

Senior Charis Christy, president of the GRHS Theatre Thespian Board said, “The Thespian Festival has changed my life and the lives of the people in our department for the better. It has given me the opportunity to compete, meet new people, and study different areas of theater with new directors. I will never forget Texas Thespians, the friends I have made, and the lasting impact theater has had on me and the way I see our world.”

77彩票网appGeorge Ranch Theatre students competed in festival events which included prepared theatrical performances and technical design presentations resulting in the following students receiving Superior ratings (the highest rating category at the convention). Fourteen thespians from the Longhorn Players qualified in eight events to compete at the International Thespians Festival in Indiana in June 2020.

Performance Superior Rankings with perfect scores:

  Senior Reagan Scott, Solo Musical - “All Falls Down,”, from “Chaplin.”

 77彩票网app Senior Paige Klase, Solo Musical — “Me and the Sky,” from “Come From Away.”

Performance Superior Rankings:

 77彩票网app Sophomores Lanae Buie, Ashley Johnson and Claira Mangum, and Juniors Madi Jones, Ainsley McGee and Caitlin Wilson, Group Musical - “Ex-Wives,” from “Six”

  Seniors Tate Mangum and Adam Marand, Duet Acting - “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”

Technical Superior Rankings:

 77彩票网app Senior Charis Christy, Stage Management - “Mamma Mia!”

  Senior Riley Halford, Lighting Design — “Mamma Mia!”

 77彩票网app Junior Andrew Phillips, Theatre Marketing — “Mamma Mia!”

  Senior Julia Yelvington, Scenic Design — “Mamma Mia!”

77彩票网appEach of the Longhorn Players’ technical entries were just one point away from a perfect score.

77彩票网app“This was my first time performing this particular song. It was the most fun, and most challenging in regard to my vocal and acting performance, of anything I have performed at Texas Thespians before,” Scott said. “Performing it on Main Stage was one of the highlights of my life and I will cherish it forever, along with the many other memories made at Texas Thespians this year.”

77彩票网appScott has attended three Texas Thespians festivals representing George Ranch High School, where she received a Superior rating each year, advancing to the International Thespian Festival. She again received all Superior ratings at each International Festival.

Scott fell in love with this year’s song because it was challenging and showcased her wide vocal range.

77彩票网app“My favorite part of this piece is getting to explore character choices and sing to my fullest capability. While I worked on this song, I focused on my acting choices and had so much fun experimenting with how I would act in the song, and how ostentatious I would be,” she said. “The song itself requires the actress to be flamboyant, and I always have the most fun acting in that way while portraying a character.”

Scott also excels in school, is in all Advanced Placement classes and has received several academic awards.

77彩票网app“Performing has had a profound influence on my confidence and strength, which will help carry me through the rest of my life,” Scott said.

77彩票网app“Reagan will definitely be missed as she graduates, moves and takes her determination and drive into the collegiate world,” Edenmeyer said.

77彩票网appThe Longhorn Players are led by Edenmeyer, GRHS Theatre Technical Director Marc Duncan and Music Director Scott Edenmeyer. They are rehearsing for their Spring 2020 competition, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) One-Act Play contest, where they will be presenting “Hetty Feather” from Jacqueline Wilson’s best-selling novel, adapted for the stage by Emma Reeves.

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