Wildcat Theatre Company takes stage for bi-district

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The Whitehouse Wildcat Theatre Company competed in the 5A, District 17, UIL One Act Play competition Saturday, Feb. 25.

Whitehouse High School won first place and will be advancing to Bi-District competition which will be held on Saturday, March 25, at University High School in Waco.

This year’s play, “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” is by Bertolt Brecht, with an English translation by Eric Bentley. The play was under the direction of Vernon and Shirley Grote, Whitehouse Theatre Arts teachers.

“The script is a parable Brecht wrote at the close of World War II,” Mrs. Grote explained. “It is believed Brecht got the idea, for this story, from an old Chinese fairytale. However, Brecht chose to set the play in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, Russia and retells the tale of a child claimed by two mothers.”

The show was cast just prior to Christmas and rehearsals began in January. The students rehearsed during the week and on Saturday.

“There are five levels to the UIL One Act play competition,” said Shirley Grote. “We start with district, and then we have bi-district, area, region and state competition. At each level, three shows will advance, with the exception of region, where only two advance to the state competition.”

At the District competition, Whitehouse students receiving individual awards were Cyrus Mahdavi for Outstanding Crew Award, Will Clark and Tyse Burckhartt for Honorable Mention All Star Cast and Brianna Townes received an All Star Cast award.

The Whitehouse Wildcat Theatre Company, including cast, crew and alternates are Alex Becraft, Hunter Burckhartt, Tyse Burckhartt, Elizabeth Campbell, Will Clark, Chyanne Cornell, Zycoria Dixon, Meynard Duquesa, Cole French, Morgan Gage, Tanner Garza, Joseph Hamm, Gordon Holmes, Skylar Jones, Chris Knight, Cyrus Mahdavi, Kate McLeod, Tyree Phillips, Hailley Rocha, Eric Spaude, Brianna Townes, Tristan Westmoreland and Crystal Zuniga.

“It’s such a good feeling to walk off the stage, with some of my favorite people, and know that we did our best, together, and that’s all that matters,” sophomore Zycoria Dixon said.

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