PJH South wins Best Play at junior high one-act play contest
Pearland ISD eighth-graders stole the show -- and numerous acting accolades -- during the district’s fourth annual Junior High University Interscholastic League One-Act Play Competition. The competition was held at Dawson High School on Saturday, April 27.
Judged by Ms. Teresa Ragland, the competition featured thespians from all four district junior high campuses.
Students competed for individual acting awards, including Best Actor, Best Actress and All-Star and Honorable Mention All-Star casts. In addition, troupes vied for Best Play and Best Technical Crew.
Pearland Junior High South swept up Best Play honors with its performance of “Dearly Departed” by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones. Acting honors included Trey Baumann (Honorable Mention All-Star Cast), Kobe Silva (Honorable Mention All-Star Cast), Jenna Grier (All-Star Cast), and Ava Gardiner (All-Star Cast). The outstanding technician was Tia Helderman.
Performing scenes from “And They Danced Real Slow in Jackson” by Jim Leonard, Jr., Pearland Junior High East won Best Technical Crew. Acting honors included Adilyn Salinas (Honorable Mention All-Star Cast), Jake Almond (Honorable Mention All-Star Cast), Morgan Rushing (All-Star Cast), and Evan Wells (All-Star Cast). The outstanding technician was Christopher Loubiere.
Pearland Junior High West performed scenes from “Once Upon a Playground” by Jack Frakes. Acting honors included Dominic Mullany (Honorable Mention All-Star Cast), Amelia Hill (Honorable Mention All-Star Cast), Mikayla Hoffman (All-Star Cast), and Rebecca Gutierrez (All-Star Cast). The outstanding technician was Frida Rios.
Berry Miller Junior High performed “Cyrano de Bergerac,” by Tonya Hays, adapted from the play by Edmond Rostand. Acting honors included Valerie Vargas (Honorable Mention All-Star Cast), Bryce Burrow (Honorable Mention All-Star Cast), Fred Guo (All-Star Cast), and Kyle Bennett (All-Star Cast). The outstanding technician was Logan Giannoni.
Students from Berry Miller JH’s production were also awarded the coveted Best Actor and Best Actress Award. This year, Cody Darling and Alexandra Christner were recognized, respectively.
Directing the troupes were Tracey Phillips (PJH South), Elaine Weisberg (Pearland JH East), Cheramie Hopper (PJH West) and Dr. Lynda McKnight (Berry Miller).
Although these students do not compete beyond district level, the Junior High UIL OAP Competition gives them the opportunity to develop their acting talents and prepare for high school drama productions.