On Saturday, April 20, our one act competition day began early. We arrived at the Blinn College Auditorium that morning for our rehearsal wearing our one act t-shirts and black and gold ribbons (Brackett HS colors). When I got off the bus, the two Leon HS directors were walking towards me. They were wearing black and gold ribbons, also. We had never met but we immediately hugged each other. I knew, then, that on this day, all of the competitors were in one spirit. Our MHS One Act Company was very calm. We went through the day rehearsing, eating, enjoying each other, and getting ready to perform. We said a prayer and it was time to go to the stage and then - I got a text. At first, it startled me because I thought I had turned my phone off!! Schools are at risk of disqualification if a company member’s phone makes a sound during a performance. I checked the phone and it was a text from Lisa Conoly, Brackett’s one act director. The text said , “My One Act Play Angels – Break a leg!” PERFECT TIMING! I showed our cast/crew her text! Mrs. Conoly told them what I couldn’t tell them. They needed to hear from her. NOW, they were ready to perform. I’ve never witnessed or experienced their attitude on that day. I can only explain it as an excited but peaceful readiness.
When the awards were presented, Mason HS individual awards went to: Best Actress – Cassie Benefield, All-Star Cast Members: Caroline Hudson and Claudia Canfield, Honorable Mention All-star cast – Elliot Bibb. Outstanding Crew Member – James Perlicheck.
When the contest manager announced that our play had been selected to advance to the state competition, we went to the stage. Rio Schmidt spoke for our group. He told the audience that our play was dedicated to the honor and memory of the Koontz Family. Before he could get all of the words out, the audience was standing in honor of Brackett High School and The Koontz family. We don’t have the answers to “Why” this all happened. We’ll never know. We will, however, never forget the feeling of the power of prayer and feeling God’s presence and Him taking care of us through every moment of that day.
On Wednesday, May 22, we’ll compete at McCullough Hall on the UT Campus in Austin. Eight plays will compete. The first play performs at 4:00 p.m. and Mason will be the fourth play to perform. We proudly go as Mason Punchers and will dedicate all of our remaining performances to Mr. and Mrs. Koontz, Madison and Marley and in remembrance of them. We ask for continual prayers for the Brackett community. The Brackett High School One Act Company has been invited to be the honorary crew at the state meet. We are so thrilled that they’ll be there with us. We’ll finish our journey together!
Thank you for your prayers,
Dawn Hahn and Merlina Gamel