by: Miranda Rester
The Warrior Theatre Department’s Jungalbook snagged the title of Most Outstanding Production at the Mississippi Theatre Association’s (MTA) annual competition. They will be attending the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) March 7-11. In addition to being awarded the Best Show, director Suzanne Allmon won Best Director; senior Xavier Martin won Best Actor; seniors Taylor Nace and Heather Boutwell, Allstar Cast; and the show, Best Costume Design and Best Fight Choreography. “These guys have put in lots of time and work and really deserve this win,” Allmon said. “SETC includes the top 20 productions in the southeast, so there’ll be some tough competition. However, these guys are prepared to do their best.” The cast and crew have already begun preparing for SETC with weekly rehearsals and extreme determination.“I’m really excited to be going to SETC. As a senior, this means everything to me, and I’m going to give it my all on that stage,” senior Rachel Jackson said. “This department is a family, and we’re going to work together to win SETC again.” The bond within the department is a definite advantage when it comes to working through problems calmly during
a production. “I spilled water in my costume pants during MTA, and I’m in a puppet,” sophomore Logan McCarty said. “None of us really had a choice but to laugh hysterically, in hushed voices, of course.” This is OGHS’s sixth state championship, and the last win was in 2008, where they won SETC that year as well. Since SETC will be held in Chattanooga, TN, the travel expenses will be costly. The Theatre Department will be presenting an encore performance of Jungalbook on March 2nd at the OGP auditorium, and tickets will be $7. In addition, they will perform The Grimm Brothers Spectaculathon on February 16-17 in the OGHS Black Box. Tickets will be $5 for students and $7 for adults. The department will also be presenting 39 Steps as a dinner theatre production on February 23-24 at the OGP auditorium, and tickets will be $18 per person, including a meal. Tickets for all productions are now on sale in the Black Box. The theatre students are also selling cookie dough to help off-set the cost.