High school actors ham it up at district level

THSSDL district competition 2014

Bartlett High School Panthers competed at the district event hosted at Arlington High School in March for theTennessee High School Speech and Drama League (THSSDL). They performed an Interpreters’ Theatre based upon the works of Shel Silverstein. From left, they are Mico Cuizon, 11th grade; Matthew Sorenson, 10th grade; Logan Tutor, 10th grade; Zachary Marlowe, 10th grade; Jordan Spuryer, 10th grade; Matthew Frederick, 11th grade; and Matthew Spivey, 10th grade.
All photos by Scott Steele

Thirteen area schools competed in the annual District I acting contest for the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League (THSSDL).

The event was hosted in March at Arlington High School. Mid-South schools participating included:

  • Arlington High
  • Bartlett High
  • Bolton High
  • Cordova High
  • Collerville High
  • Germantown High
  • Houston High
  • Overton High
  • Madison Academic
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • St. Mary’s
  • St. Benedict at Auburndale
  • St. George’s Independent School

The students who advanced to state competed in Brentwood, Tenn., on April 11-12. THSSDL district competition includes categories for extemporaneous speaking, solo acting, one-act plays, interpreters, and theater and public debate.

Any high school or secondary school in the state can join THSSDL by paying the membership fee and completing a form. For details, go online to http://www.tnhssdl.org/ email Dr. Mike Gotcher, executive director, at gotcherm@apsu.edu.

THSSDL District competition, 2014

The Arlington High School cast of "Speak" took second place at the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League (THSSDL) district competition, recently held at AHS. The performance was directed by SaraLyn Archibald and assistant directed by Mikayla Correll.

THSSDL district competition 2014

The cast of "The Darwin Awards," a student-directed production from Arlington High School, competed in March for theTennessee High School Speech and Drama League (THSSDL). They included, from left, Lee Heng, Abby Wilbanks, Caitlin Ritch, Morgan White, Ioana Litra, Breonna Jackson Shelby Matthews and Brody Ehalt.

THSSDL district competition, 2014

"The Cast of Almost Maine,” a play directed by Arlington High School students Ashley Monteath and Kayla Mroch, won third place in March during the district competition for the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League (THSSDL). From left are Chandler White, Jacob James, Robbie Paynter, Parker Chase, Faith Lewis, Amber Miller, Josie Griffith and Haleigh Byers. Winners of the district-level All Star Cast Award included James, Paynter, Chase, Lewis, Miller, and Griffith.

THSSDL district competition, 2014

Bolton High School students took second place in district competitions for the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League (THSSDL). From left are Lindsey Max, Donovan Hughes, Aaron Ball (seated), Chastedy Johnson, Amber James, Linsey Jordan and Char Taylor, all of whom were part of the cast for “This Is a Test,” a one-act play. Other cast members not shown were Josh Vega, Tyler Gaffney, Chris Waelde, Reign Erby, Olivia Halvorson and Haley Paige. Josh Vega and Aaron Ball were chosen for the All-Star cast for District one. Two Bolton sudents qualifed for the state competition: Jasmine Robertson placed second in solo acting, and Noah Donald placed first in solo acting.