RAYMOND V. WHELAN • SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM
SAN ANTONIO — “Callooh! Callay!” as Lewis Carroll penned in his acclaimed novel, “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.”
Now, the Marble Falls High School theater program is taking Carroll and part of his books on to the Region IV University Interscholastic League one-act play competition. More than 20 Marble Falls High School students have advanced to the third round of the one-act play contest after completing an outstanding performance of “Alice!” and finishing first on April 1 during the area competition in San Antonio at Claudia Taylor High School.
As Alice might have said, it’s no jabberwocky.
The production’s directors, Jon Clark, Darrin Wade and Emily Evans, helped the students present “Alice!”
The comedy by Dennis Maganza is based on two classic stories by Lewis Carroll: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through The Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.”
“It’s an ensemble piece,” said Clark, the theater arts teacher at the high school. “Our strength is ensemble work.”
University Interscholastic League judges recognized Marble Falls students Ryan Counts, Sydney Kelley, Austin Parker, and Taylor Wimbish as all-star and honorable mention cast and crew members during the area competition. The judges also issued a special award to Christine Ashbaugh, Madisyn Caraway, Rachel Coursey, Gigi Goff, Emily Gunlock, and Katie Mintz, who all portrayed Alice during different stages of the play.
Since last January, the students have rehearsed for the play at least eight hours a week and once a day, every weekend, Clark said.
“It’s been pretty rigorous,” he added. “The cast does everything. The crew takes care of everything. There isn’t one student in our company who doesn’t play a huge, vital role. Every one of them does something.”
Former stage technician Connor Bingaman appeared as the Red Knight and Tiger Lily in “Alice!”
“My mother (Joy Lawrence) told me I should do theater, and I wanted to get out there,” Bingaman said. “I love the cast. They’re like family.”
The cast also includes Endrit Bislimi, David Cowan, Lilly Czimskey, Charles McLean, and Kali Thompson. Other crew members are Benjamin Goad, Ellie Isaack, Sarah Isaack, and Lupita Mora.
Alternates are Brittney Cantelone, Georgia Eddy, Zach Young, and Rhiannon Youngvall.
Students from Stephen F. Austin and McCollum high schools also advanced to regional competition.
“(All the students) performed well, and they were gracious all day long,” said Daryl Fleming, the contest’s manager.
The Region IV competition is Friday, April 7, at Southwest High School, 11914 Dragon Lane in San Antonio. The contest begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person, which covers all six shows. Attendees should know that once a play starts, there will be no entry, so they should arrive prior to 1 p.m. or they will be seated during a break between performances.
The Marble Falls High School one-act play is slated to go on stage at 5 p.m. during the regional competition, but as the plays are performed back to back, it could go on sooner.