One Act takes state

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On Oct. 27 the One Act Team competed at State. They won first place and earned the title of State One Act Champions.

“Actors Dru Denny and Ben Lee were selected to be members of the All-State Actor cast,” director Jana Ellis said. “The judges only selected nine actors out of all the productions competing… and Broken Arrow came home with two. The placements in the All-State Actor cast are also ranked. Congratulations, Dru Denny and Ben Lee, for being ranked the second and third best actors in the state. Broken Arrow shocked and amazed everyone at the competition by breaking the thirteen-year winning streak of an OKC-area school.” 

The group performed “The Yellow Boat” by David Saar. “The Yellow Boat” is based on a true story. The author is the father of the main character, Benjamin. It’s about a boy that has congenital hemophilia. He contracted AIDS at the age of eight.

Junior Benjamin Lee played Benjamin, senior Dru Denny played Benjamin’s mother and senior Logan Wieberdink played his father.

When we won state I was in major shock, I was so happy and proud of everyone because we worked so hard on this play, and it finally paid off and we are getting recognized for our work,” senior Deisy Bustamante said. “My favorite part of being part of the One act team is becoming part of a little family with the cast and crew and seeing them work hard and grow as actors and people.”

State was held at Owasso High School. At State, the one act performance must only be 45 minutes including setting up, the whole performance and tear down.

“This time limit can be very difficult, but it teaches discipline and teamwork,” senior Dru Denny said. “My favorite part of being on the one-act team is the relationships I made throughout these three years of one act. Getting to perform alongside my best friends is such a privilege and honor.” 

Drama’s next production is the school musical in the spring. They are performing Disney’s Mary Poppins in March. 

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