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Salpointe Catholic High School drama troupe first-ever southern Arizona school to receive state selection to national thespian competition for one-act performance

By: Mindae Russell, Director of Advancement, Salpointe Catholic High School, Tucson, Arizona

Salpointe Catholic High School's advanced drama class performance, "War at Home," was selected as the top-rated one-act play during the statewide competition held in November of 2012. 

The Arizona State Thespians Festival was held November 16 and 17, at the Phoenix Convention Center hosted by the Arizona Thespians' State Board.  More than 80 schools attended, of which 12 troupes requested adjudication for the honor of being selected as first place winner in the one-act play competition.   Only one school from Arizona is selected to represent the state at the Educational Theatre Association's Thespian Festival, a national competition.  Salpointe's advanced drama class, composed of 19 students, received this top honor.  Steve Halper, a member of the Arizona Thespian's State Board stated, "This is a first-time distinction for any school in southern Arizona and a great achievement for Salpointe Catholic." Students will perform at the national competition at the University of Nebraska in June 2013.

The award-winning performance, "War at Home," illustrated New York City students' perspective as the news of September 11, 2001 broke. One judge noted, "It is rare that a piece of theatre moves me to tears.  You did.  I was captivated from the moment you started.  Your emotional commitment was powerful. Brilliant work.  I'd be proud to have you represent Arizona at the Nationals."

Salpointe and its students received a number of other awards at the Arizona State Thespian Festival.  The school's troupe received the highest honor, Gold Honor Troupe. Sister Helen Timothy, Salpointe's principal, was named "Southern Arizona Administrator of the Year" for her support of the performing arts.
Rachel Econ '13 won best short film; Lauren Modiano '13 and Will Bostwick '13 received a "superior" ranking in the duet musical category; and, Lena Romano '13 was ranked "superior" in the monologue competition.

"I couldn't be more proud of these students and their hard work.  They are immensely talented and deserving of this recognition," said Dana Milne, Salpointe's director of theatre arts.  

Steve Halper, retired Salpointe drama teacher and current troupe sponsor said, "These students showed so much talent.  It was an exceptional performance, especially since the students only had two weeks of rehearsal to prepare.  It was very impressive and speaks so highly to Ms. Milne and her students' dedication."

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