Monett speech students advance to state

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Four individuals plus one-act play qualify at district

Monett High School advanced four individuals from the speech program and the one-act play ensemble to state competition following the district speech and debate tournament last weekend.

State qualifiers included: Alyssa Kelley, first place in dramatic interpretation and in humorous interpretation; Connor Henry, second place in prose; and the duet acting team of Leo Amador and Joe Bricker, second place.

The one-act play, "The Dueling Oakes" by Bruce Kimes, took second place in the district contest, qualifying to advance.

"The play follows Bill and Sally, newlyweds," said Annie Smith, play director and drama teacher. "The stress of having Sally's Aunt Elsie visit has brought tension to the home that leads to an ultimate battle of the wills.  

"The students in this play have been working on it since January 3. They have all worked hard, and the hard work paid off. It was a challenge to get the show ready as we worked around multiple snow days. I am so proud of all the work that students have put in to this show. The whole process with this group has been so much fun, and I'm glad that we get to continue working on the show as we prepare for the state competition."

The cast includes Joe Bricker as Bill, Pollyana Johnson as Sally, Nya Saturley as Aunt Elsie, Ben Verstraete as Fred and Sarah Ishmael as Mazie. Courtnie Velten served as stage manager.