ALTAMONT — Twenty-four students from Labette County High School Theatre Department in Altamont competed at the Kansas Thespian Conference Jan. 6-8 and received accolades for their theater success in the past year and during events at the conference.
Seniors Molly Gray, Braelyn George and junior Shelbi Wilson served their offices as state board members and the group received elite Gold Troupe honors for their efforts in full-length productions, community service and new innovative projects during 2020-2021. Only a few thespian troupes were bestowed this honor in Class 4A.
“Gold Troupe status is a very exciting award for LC Theatre,” said Heather Wilson, LCHS theater instructor. “We feel our efforts to tackle challenging material for our students and to create unique learning opportunities for our school and community were rewarded."
In addition, the ensemble was awarded first place in lobby display for their makeup vanity design that aligned with the theme “You Can't Stop the Beat: Hold Strong.” They received perfect scores in creativity, theme and visual appearance.
“We feel we can compete with the most outstanding theater students in the state as evidenced by our students’ individual accolades last week,” Wilson said.
Kylie Garner received superior ratings in solo music theater. Corbin Thomsen and Marlee Mikel received superior ratings in their duet scene individual event. Cadence Searles and Anthony Pearson also received superior ratings.
The group musical theater scene of Shelbi Wilson, Glen Price and Kolby Kastler received excellent ratings, and the duet scene of Emma Royer and Sophiah Reynolds also received an excellent rating. Sebastian Gibbs also received an excellent rating on the play “Skip Through the Good Parts.”
The tech challenge team of Lathe Smith, Molly Gray, Olivia Bradfield, Kaitlyn Carson, Anthony Pearson, Joseph Ramsey, Braelyn George and MacKenzee Willey won overall first place in the tech theater olympics, which included hanging and focusing a light, folding a drop, prop shift, costume quick-change, legging a platform and threading a sewing machine.
All students also attended three mainstage productions and many workshops during the weekend’s events, while networking with colleges and universities that were in attendance.
Other students involved were Ayvri Nash, Ty James, Abi Van Leeuwen, Connor Gegg and Gunner Jones.