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WCJC theatre production takes top rating at state festival

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WHARTON, TEXAS – The Wharton County Junior College theatre department’s production of “Almost, Maine,” garnered a Superior rating, the highest possible, at the recent 2012 Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Festival held in Weatherford, Texas. The play was directed by Greg McLarty, WCJC drama instructor/director and designed by Sam Smith, WCJC drama instructor & director of theatre studies.

McLarty, who is in his first full year at the college, said “The fact that the play obtained a Superior rating and an Excellent award/Respondent’s Choice for ensemble acting is a testament to all the hard work and long hours that our students brought to the production. Each member of the production added their own unique touch to the play, which was evident in every performance.”

“Almost, Maine” is a story about finding and losing love in an imaginary place called Almost, Maine. It explores the human heart, delivering laughter, heartbreak and hope.

Serving as respondents, or critics, for the festival were Joe Allen Brown of Texas Wesleyan College and Dana Schultes of Stage West Theatre. Their awards were based on observations of each college’s performance. Directors from the participating community colleges also presented awards, but they did so based upon students’ technical presentations.

All WCJC cast members, as well as some of the crew, won individual awards including David Hiebert, Superior Acting; Warren Motamedi, Superior Acting; Victoria Brun, Superior Acting; Elise Lauderdale, Excellent Acting/Respondent’s Choice, Superior Costume Design/Respondent’s Choice, and Superior CostumeDesign/Director’s Choice; Brennan Blankenship, Excellent Acting/Respondent’s Choice; Ben Arredondo, Excellent Acting/Respondent’s Choice; and Melissa Bertrand, Superior Stage Management//Respondent’s Choice and Superior Stage. Debby Hiebert, mother of David Heibert won a Superior Program Cover/Respondent’s Choice.

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