BSHS drama troupe bound for area contest

The Big Spring High School Drama Department is looking to get out of its comfort zone.For the third time in four years under current Department Director Tabatha Wright, the BSHS thespians will compete in the upcoming University Interscholastic League One Act Play Area contest, to be held April 14 in Midland.The top two rated plays at the area contest will advance to the UIL state contest later this spring in Austin. The state contest is relatively uncharted territory for BSHS; the school has qualified for a trip to Austin once in the past decade.Big Spring won the right to compete in the area contest by receiving the highest score at the recent District 5-3A One-Act Play Contest at Sweetwater. Abilene Wylie placed second at the district level to also qualify for area competition, while Brownwood was third.BSHS will perform Sarah Ruhl's “Eurydice,” a modern update of the classic Greek tragedy.“It's a very bizarre show, and I wanted to so something different than what other schools would possibly bring to the table,” Wright said. “I didn't want to do anything classic and I realized that this was something so unique and challenging that it might take us to the next level.”The judges were doubtlessly impressed by Big Spring's performance at the district contest. Aside from the play receiving top ratings, several cast and crew members won individual honors. April Zavala and Wiley McIntosh were named to the all-star cast, while Clay Branscom, Morgan Slaughter, Marilee Rodgers and Maranda Scott received honorable mention all-star cast recognition.BSHS also won best technical crew honors. Crew members are Lacy McMurtrey, Lauren Puga, Caleb Pirkle, Hannah Overby and Josh Morgan. McMurtrey received the top individual crew member award, Wright said.“I am very proud of our students,” Wright said. “They went to compete and brought home an advancing show and numerous awards I am excited to get the chance to continue working on this show with this incredible group of students.“We are definitely looking forward to the area contest and the level of competition from the other advancing schools,” Wight added.