Theater Department Advances to Regionals

By Emily Hwu, Centerpiece Writer; Jessica Jin, Chief Editor

As of today, Carnegie Vanguard’s Theatre Department competed in the Area division of the UIL Once Act Play competition at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. This is the third round in the competition, and out of four highly qualified schools, Carnegie was one of top the two to advance with their play When the Rain Stops Falling, a drama-filled performance spanning over a period of 80 years into the past and future. The work focuses on the generations of one family, incorporating setting scene in London and Australia.

The farthest step Carnegie has advanced into the theatrical sphere is unquestionably a well-deserved one. Every day – and night – since January of this year, diligent students and their encouraging mentor and director, Steward Savage, write, rehearse, and design until 7 or 8 pm in the newly designed fine arts building. Moreover, a particularly impressive reach of the theater department occurred, undisclosed: 14-hours of rehearsals over a precious Spring Break.

Claire Lauzon, 11, and Anastasia Vayner, 10

Claire Lauzon, 11, and Anastasia Vayner, 10

Awards earned include the All-Star award to Edwin Mendoza, Best Actress to Claire Lauzon, Best Actor to Justin Lau, and Honorable Mentions to Eviva Kahne and Anastasia Vayner. A big congratulations to all of the actors, technical staff, and the director of the show, Mr. Savage, for their achievements. The regional competitions will begin in May.

Undeterred by the department’s upcoming competition, a humorous, yet optimistic remark is made. “Tonight, unfortunately, we did not get Best Tech Crew. I would like to see us winning that award again at the next level,” says actor Nash Haydon, 11. 



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