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Wimberley Drama Garners Silver at State


Friday, May 13th
7 PM
The Lone Star Theatre
Wimberley High School

‘Beggar’s Opera’ Takes Final Bow Friday Night

By Louie Bond

Cast and crew of “The Beggar’s Opera” were honored with silver medals at the State AAA University Interscholastic League One-Act Play Contest last week.

In addition, senior Helyn Messenger won not only Best Actress honors, but the highest acting award for high school students in Texas, the Samuel French Award.

Also garnering individual honors were Cole Sutera-Honorable Mention All Star Cast and Zane Gordon-Bouzard, All Star Cast. Taking the state title this year was Van High School with “The Caucasian Chalk Circle.” Second runner-up was Barber’s Hill High School with “Peer Gynt."

The contest was held at Bass Concert Hall at The University of Texas, and was attended by many friends of the Lone Star Theatre. Led by J. Gary Wyatt and Lydia Miller-Wyatt, Wimberley has made it to the state finals for the past five consecutive years, winning in 2001 and placing third in 2003. The drama troupe is renowned for seamless, disciplined ensemble work, with superb staging, precise diction, powerful vocal projections, and complex characterizations. The students design and execute all stage sets, props and costumes themselves. 

Audiences have one last chance to see this comedic jewel this Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at WHS’ Lone Star Theatre. The 40-minute final performance will be presented as a scholarship fundraiser for six graduating seniors who have left an indelible mark on the program: Helyn Messenger, Will Harrison, Julia Trinidad, Kellee Watson, Kelly Fulkerson and Ben Vasquez. Contributions to the theatre scholarship fund will be gratefully accepted. Admission is free to the public. 

Following the play and a short intermission, the public is also invited to attend the Lone Star Theatre Awards Night ceremony, a final farewell to the 2004-05 season of children’s plays, a two-night production of “The Kentucky Cycle,” and a winning season in UIL One-Act competition. 

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