At Area contest on April 12, 2014, critic judge Marc Pickell praised and encouraged the cast and crew after watching Mason High School’s performance of scenes from “The Last Night of Ballyhoo.” He loved the “world of the play“ they created, the effective pacing and the balance between humor and drama that the company achieved. In addition, he reminded the company to “continue to grow” in individual characters. The production advanced to Region IV competition to be held this Saturday at Brenham HS, making MHS one of the top twenty-four 1A plays in the State. The UIL One Act theatre competition is the largest one act play competition in the world. Across all classifications, over 1200 schools compete. Class 1A competition began in March with over three hundred schools participating.
Senior, Cassie Benefield was awarded Best Actress. All Star Cast included James Perlichek and Claudia Canfield. An Honor Crew medal was given to Carlos Chavez. Other members of the winning cast and crew are Steeley Smith, Sara Powell, Elliot Bibb, Levi Hofmann, David Hill, Jackson Chapman, Spencer Bierschwale, Jordan Standard, Kendra Klaerner and Mady Glentz. Directors are Jacki Maenius and Tiffany Klaerner.
MHS will compete on Saturday, May 3 at Brenham High School. Plays begin at 1:00 pm and run back to back. Shows generally run 35-40 minutes with 14 minutes between for strike and set. Admission is $5 per person. Mason will perform third. Other schools performing are: Lometa, Richland Springs, Corpus Christi – London, Port Aransas and Leon. Two plays will advance to State competition later in May on the University of Texas campus in Austin.
The company appreciates the overwhelming support of its community. In preparation for Region, a performance will be presented on April 30, 2014 at 7 pm in the MHS auditorium. If there is no audience, there is no point! Come send off this amazing group of young people Wednesday night.
Mason High School Theatre – Building Character Inside and Out