of the Sentinel Konah
Earlier this month, Thespian Troupe #483 competed in the annual Thespian Festival at the University of Montana, walking away with an outstanding performance award and second best death scene.
The two-day convention, filled with workshops, drama competitions, and student directed one-act plays, is the highlight of the season for many drama students. This year was no exception.
Senior Dylan Sandau took home the award for Outstanding Performance in Sentinel’s one-act play “Good Cop, Bad Cop” by Ian McWethy, directed by Senior Shannon Potter.
Sandau’s award was for his role in “Good Cop, Bad Cop” as Tommy Blank, a rebellious character with authority issues who points the cops in the right direction after clever use of reverse psychology.
Junior Stephen Clement also won second place for his death scene during the Thespian Olympics. His scene was “Death by Assumption/Falling off Stage.”
Other schools referenced recent trends, with more than one “Death by Tide Pod” scene making its way into the Olympics.
Junior Chloe Ledbetter said, “My favorite part of Thespian Festival was just meeting a bunch of other high school students from all around the state. It’s super cool because everyone got to let loose and mess around because it was a ‘no judgment zone’ kind of place.”
After the Friday festivities, thespians were invited to a catered banquet, at which scholarships were granted, with Senior Renee Kaldor being the recipient of one such scholarship from the University of Montana.
“A lot of work goes into preparing for this festival,” Ledbetter said. “We are only given a month to memorize scripts, set up blocking, get costumes, and every other thing that the show needs. Although it can get pretty stressful, it is still super fun.”
A total of 16 one-act plays were shown over the course of Friday and Saturday, and one full length show, “On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thompson, was presented on Friday night courtesy of the Montana Repertory Theatre, a nationwide touring performance company that originated right here in Montana, famous for their touring Broadway and OffBroadway shows.
The drama department is now rehearsing “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon. Both the male and female versions of the show will be performed, so the group is essentially rehearsing two shows at once.
Performances of the “The Odd Couple” will be April 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on Saturday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m.