A Championship Act - TAPPS One Act Play STATE CHAMPS
Our upper school honors theatre made history on Thursday, November 9. Performing The Infamous Soothing System of a Professor Maillard, the cast and crew won the TAPPS Division 1 District 4 State One Act Play Competition! Nic Schweers ‘26 and Gray Gilbert ‘25 were named All Star Cast and Emma Hodge won Honorable Mention All Star Cast. This is the first state championship in the Second Theatre Company history.
"I am so proud of these students and their hard work, God-given talents and exceptional attention to detail!” shared Director of Arts Cindy Blades. “To God be the glory."
Before winning state, Nic Schweers ‘26 was named District Best Actor. Ella Farias ‘25, Olivia Shoemaker ‘25 and Lily Tondera ‘24 were named to the District All Star Cast. Gray Gilbert ‘25, Emma Hodge ‘26 and Caroline Lane ‘24 were named District Honorable Mention All-Star Cast, and Geneva Hudson ‘24 was named District Best Crew.
“These students have worked hard since August, perfecting their roles and squeezing everything out of their characters. They really grew as a cast and crew, and we are so excited that they were recognized,” said Assistant Director Claire Westmoreland. “We pray before every performance that the audience would see something different in these students and that is Christ in them. They represented SBS, their families and God in a magnificent way at the state competition.”
Join us in celebrating the incredible work of these students and their director, Cindy Blades, and assistant director, Claire Westmoreland. Bravo!
I am so proud of these students. They have worked hard since August, perfecting their roles and squeezing everything out of their characters as possible. They really have grown as a cast and crew and we are so excited that they were recognized. We pray before every performance that the audience would see something different in these students and that is Christ in them. They represented SBS, their families and God in a magnificent way at the state competition. Cindy and I are honored to walk around in their lives!
Cast and crew members share their experiences winning state.
It was such an honor to win state! Our cast and crew led courageously by interacting with the other schools at competition, and we were able to shine our light for Christ by encouraging the other schools in their performances. We bonded so much as a group through this process, and it was really affirming to know that our hard work paid off.
Caroline Lane ‘24
Our cast became more like a family because of our trip to the state championship. I learned so much - not only about theatre, but also about trusting and relying on those around you.
Olivia Shoemaker ‘25
The state championship broadened my perspective and helped me realize the accomplishments we can achieve when we work together.
Nic Schweers ‘26
Being stage manager for the show taught me the importance of balancing my own high expectations of myself with what I was being called to do. When I felt anxiety heading into district and state, I had to take a step back in order to truly enjoy the experience. It was so much fun getting to travel with so many people who I adore and getting to meet many more while watching all the fun shows!
Geneva Hudson ‘24