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WCJC drama students earn wide array of awards at community college play festival

Wharton County Junior College Drama Department students act out a scene from The Language Archive, which won an “Excellent” rating at a recent play festival in Stephenville. Foreground, from left, are Sheila Begin of Austin and Megan Poffenbarger of San Antonio. In the background is David Arvizu of El Campo.

Wharton County Junior College drama students made their mark at a recent community college play festival, taking home 16 awards and an “Excellent” rating for their production of The Language Archive.

WCJC Drama Instructor Greg McLarty said he was proud of his students’ efforts. Earning so many awards was quite a feat when considering that 12 community colleges from across the state were represented at the annual Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association’s Play Festival, held March 1-5 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

“I’m proud of them,” McLarty said. “They did their best and I was very pleased with the end result.”

WCJC students performed The Language Archive at the festival. The play was originally performed earlier this spring at the Horton Foote Theatre on the Wharton campus.

Taking a show on the road is not without its challenges. In addition to the logistics of traveling several hours across the state, the student actors had to perform on an unfamiliar stage in an unfamiliar theater. Their production – including set up and take down – also had to fit within a prescribed time period.

“The lighting is difficult, the sound system is different and you aren’t given a lot of time,” McLarty said. “It’s quite a task.”

WCJC students won awards for everything from sound to costumes to stage management. Awards fell under two categories: Directors’ Choice (chosen by the directors of the schools attending the festival) and Respondents’ Choice (chosen by the respondents of the play’s performance). Their production of The Language Archive also received an “Excellent” rating from the respondents.

WCJC’s awards included:

Directors’ Choice

• Excellent in Assistant Direction – David

Hiebert of Rosenberg

• Superior in Makeup Design – David Arvizu of

El Campo

• Superior in Poster Design – David Hiebert of


• Excellent in Light Board Operator – Ellie

Wright of Edna

• Excellent in Sound Board Operator – Isaac Cox

of Beasley

• Superior in Costume Design – Jenna Holik of El


• Superior in Dramaturgy – Shanna Schroeder of


• Excellent in Hair Design – Shanna Schroeder of


• Superior in Lobby Display – Shanna Schroeder

of Edna

Respondents’ Choice

• Excellent in Lobby Display – Shanna Schroeder

of Edna

• Excellent in Poster Design – David Hiebert of


• Superior in Acting – David Arvizu of El Campo

• Superior in Costume Design – Jenna Holik of

El Campo

• Superior in Acting – Megan Poffenbarger of

San Antonio

• Excellent in Stage Management – Stephanie

Udayan of Sugar Land

• Excellent in Ensemble Acting – The Language

Archive cast

For more information on WCJC’s Drama Department, or to see photographs of recent productions, visit the college’s website at: www.wcjc.edu

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