PRINCE FREDERICK, Md.—Calvert County Public Schools four high school theatre troupes joined others from around the state at the University of Maryland to participate in the Annual Maryland Thespian Festival. This festival includes performances, workshops, troupe events, college auditions, and awards.
The CCPS troupes that participated were Calvert High School Double Edge Sword Productions- Stephanie Thom, Director; Huntingtown High School Eye of the Storm Productions- Derek Anderson, Director; Northern High School Patriot Players- Rachel Sparks, Director; and Patuxent High School Harlequins- Allen Price, Director.
“Our students did a phenomenal job across all the categories this year,” said Christine Cook, CCPS’ Supervisor of Fine & Performing Arts. “Showcase performances at the event are selected based on outstanding performance in Individual Events and we are extraordinarily proud that five of the six showcase events were from Calvert County Public Schools.”
Huntingtown High School’s (HHS) Eye of the Storm Productions won the one-act play competition with “This Random World.” This win secured CCPS as the State Champions. The HHS troupe has been invited to perform at the International Thespian Festival this summer in Bloomington, IN.
Patuxent High School Harlequins’ “Rogues Gallery” was featured on the Main Stage in non-competition as last year’s winner.
“The Main Stage performance featured Huntingtown High School Eye of the Storm Productions performance of “Equivocations” shared Cook. “It was a full house, and the troupe received a resounding standing ovation from their peers.”
Main Stage performances are selected prior to the event by a panel of judges. Equivocations was the only full-length play invited to perform at this year’s festival.
In addition to the student achievements, Christine Cook was selected as the Administrator of the Year, Derek Anderson honored as the Teacher of the Year, and Allen Price was awarded a service award for 10 years of service to the festival.
Congratulations to the following students who earned superiors, the highest rating, in individual events:
Patuxent HS- Brooke Baney Huntingtown HS- Terry Bartlebaugh Huntingtown HS- Nik Clarke Huntingtown HS- Reilly Damalouji Patuxent HS- Micah Estep
Patuxent HS- Heather Farley Huntingtown HS- Aidan Ford Patuxent HS- Garan Gray Patuxent HS- Zachary Leclerc
Patuxent HS- Julia Atwell and Rose Winter Patuxent HS- Hannah Beadnell and Cecelia Pyrah Patuxent HS- Cassie Cornelius and Garan Gray
Patuxent HS- Micah Estep and Natalie Shipman Patuxent HS- Garan Gray and Jasmin Sandoval Patuxent HS- Xavier Huertas and Autumn Biddle Patuxent HS- Grace Gallagher and James Dunkins Patuxent HS- Hermes Johns and Zachary Leclerc Patuxent HS- Catrina Peck and Carole Varvel
Huntingtown HS- Aeowyn Fields, Taylor Eversole, and Reilly Damalouji
Solo Musical Performance Patuxent HS- Julia Atwell Patuxent HS- Olivia Bishop
Huntingtown HS- Terry Bartlebaugh Huntingtown HS- Kayla Rogers Patuxent HS- Lilly Windsor
Duet Musical Performance
Patuxent HS- Hermes Jones and Micah Estep
Huntingtown HS- Maggie Berry
Patuxent HS- Natalie Shipman
Patuxent HS- Julia Atwell Huntingtown HS- Terry Bartlebaugh
Patuxent HS- Hannah Beadnell and Cecelia Pyrah-Duet Acting Patuxent HS- Micah Estep
Huntingtown HS- Aeowyn Fields, Reilly Damalouji, and Taylor Eversole
Nik Clarke- Arcadia University
Terry Bartlebaugh- Arcadia University & UMD-College Park