All Saints High School One Act Play advances to state contest

All Saints High School One Act Play advances to state contest

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The All Saints High School One Act Play is advancing to the Texas Association of Parochial and Private (TAPPS) state contest November 15-16 by winning their district contest and having nine cast members earn All-Star honors.

All Saints defeated four schools in TAPPS 2-A District to become the district champions October 26 in Lubbock. All Saints placed first and earned nine All Star awards for their One-Act Play interpretation of Moises Kaufman’s 33 Variations. Amarillo San Jacinto Christian Academy placed second and will advance to the state contest also for their play, Over the River and Through the Woods. Amarillo Sacred Heart Catholic School and Lubbock Christ the King Cathedral School also competed.

All Saints will compete in the state contest November 15-16 in Kerrville at the Cailloux Theatre.

The contest requires all plays be performed in one act lasting no more than 40 minutes. Sixty percent of the scoring is based upon acting while 40 percent is judged on other elements like sets, costumes, and lighting.

Senior Raymond Rider, who performed two different roles in the play, was named District Best Actor. Junior Brooke Stevenson was named District Best Actress. All Star Cast was awarded to senior Hannah Hays, juniors Susannah Bumstead, Meghan Mitchell, and Bri Sanchez, and freshman Liberty DeLeon. All Star Technical Crew was awarded to senior Mallory Staggs and junior Abi Jordan. Other cast members include technical crew members junior Tyler Latta and senior Zac Paston. Paula Chanda is the theater director.

The cast performed the 40-minute one-act play, 33 Variations, written by Moises Kaufman. Written in 2007, the play simultaneously replays the creative process behind Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and the research of musicologist Katherine Brandt to understand why Beethoven was compelled to write 33 different variations to the music composed by a minor music publisher. The strained relationship between Brandt and her daughter as Brandt battles the progression of ALS (Lou Gehrig Disease) is depicted simultaneously with Beethoven’s increasing deafness. The action is portrayed in Beethoven’s time and the present, sometimes switching back and forth between the two eras. At times characters from both time periods are on stage simultaneously.

FACTS

· The All Saints High School One Act Play is advancing to the Texas Association of Parochial and Private (TAPPS) state contest November 15-16 by winning their district contest and having nine cast members earn All-Star honors.

· All Saints defeated four schools in TAPPS 2-A District to become the district champions October 26 in Lubbock. All Saints placed first and earned nine All Star awards for their One-Act Play interpretation of Moises Kaufman’s 33 Variations. Amarillo San Jacinto Christian Academy

placed second and will advance to the state contest also for their play, Over the River and Through the Woods.

· Senior Raymond Rider, who performed two different roles in the play, was named District Best Actor. Junior Brooke Stevenson was named District Best Actress. All Star Cast was awarded to senior Hannah Hays, juniors Susannah Bumstead, Meghan Mitchell, and Bri Sanchez, and freshman Liberty DeLeon. All Star Technical Crew was awarded to senior Mallory Staggs and junior Abi Jordan. Other cast members include technical crew members junior Tyler Latta and senior Zac Paston. Paula Chanda is the theater director.

ALL SAINTS NEWS

· Students will present a musical and historical tribute to veterans on November 10 during the All Saints Episcopal School’s annual Veterans Day Assembly at 8 a.m. in Jones Gym on the All Saints campus, 3222 103rd Street.

· All Saints High School is proud to announce that its 25-member Class of 2018 has three seniors receiving honors by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Natalie Chaudhuri and Colten Cannon were named National Merit Semifinalists. Sarah Going was named as Commended Scholar. As members of All Saints third graduating class, they are the first All Saints High School National Merit Scholars in the school’s short six-year history.

· Mr. Bruce Latta was installed as the 18th headmaster for All Saints Episcopal School on September 5. He succeeds Dr. Mike Bennett who retired in June after 12 years as the head of All Saints.

· Eleven seniors received their diplomas May 20, 2017 from All Saints High School in a Commencement Ceremony. The 11 seniors of the Class of 2017 were accepted into over 29 universities with scholarships thus far totaling approximately $2,090,468. These universities include: Dallas Baptist University, Lubbock Christian University, West Texas A & M University, Wayland Baptist University, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, Mary Hardin Baylor University, Texas Tech University Honors College, The University of Alabama, The University of Oklahoma, The University of Texas at Arlington, Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech University, Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, The University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, South Plains College, Texas State University, Abilene Christian University, Michigan State University, Stanford University, The University of Texas at Dallas, Ursinus College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Trinity University, Stephen F. Austin University, and Western Texas College.

· All Saints Lower School students achieved first place in the 2017 State Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA) Academic Competition while the All Saints Middle School placed third in the 2017 State PSIA Academic contest.

· In just its first year in the 2-A division, All Saints High School finished as state runner-up in the 2016-2017 Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) race for the prized Henderson Championship Cup recognizing excellence in academics, athletics and fine arts competitions. All Saints was named as the number one high school in TAPPS 1-A in 2015-2016 and won the Henderson Championship Cup.

· The 2016-2017 school year marked All Saints Episcopal School’s 60th anniversary. The school began as St. Christopher’s in September 1956 as a preschool and eventually grew into a lower school and middle school. The high school opened in August 2012 and celebrated it first graduating class in May 2016.

· In its 60 years, All Saints has grown from a small preschool/kindergarten school with 20 students housed inside a church in 1956 into a 488 student campus on 53 acres for preschool through 12th grade students in 2016. The school is widely known for its academic excellence and fine arts curricula as well as its high-achieving athletic programs throughout all grade levels.

· Named as the most outstanding 1-A private school in Texas for 2015-2016, All Saints High School received Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ (TAPPS) highest honor - the coveted Henderson Championship Cup for the 2015-2016 school year. The distinguished Henderson Championship Cup recognizes one school from each classification as the highest-ranking school in the state within that classification. All Saints High School received the Henderson Cup as the 1-A TAPPS school in Texas for the 2015-2016 school year by earning the most points through academic, athletic, and fine arts competitions. All Saints is the only independent school in the Lubbock area to win the prestigious Henderson Championship Cup in recent years.

· All Saints High School opened in August 2012 and celebrated its first graduating class on May 20, 2016. The 12 graduates were accepted into 26 universities and awarded over $1,068,000 in scholarships. The school offers a college preparatory curriculum with pre-advanced and advanced placement courses through a 90-minute block schedule. The smaller-sized high school gives students the opportunity to participate in many organizations and activities.

· All Saints High School’s second graduating class continued the tradition of 100 percent of All Saints graduates being accepted to college. The eleven students of the Class of 2017 were awarded over $2 million in scholarships and merit aid for college.

· The school recently created an Alumni Association. Anyone ever enrolled in All Saints is considered an alumnus and is invited to join the association by contacting the school (806-745-7701) or signing up via the school website www.allsaintsschool.org.

· All Saints Episcopal School is widely-recognized for its strong Fine Arts curriculum as well as its academic and athletic programs. The school offers Orchestra classes for students in grades 3-12 along with Band classes for grades 4-12. Choir is offered for students in 5th through 12th grade, and Music classes are part of the curriculum for preschool through fourth grade students. Theatre classes are offered for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Art classes begin in preschool and continue through high school.

· All Saints offers students the opportunity for community service, travel, fine arts, athletics, peer mentoring, leadership, and spiritual development.

· Founded in 1956, All Saints is an independent Episcopal school open to students of all faiths, with a focus on academic excellence.

· The foundation of an All Saints education is based on academics, fine arts, athletics, spiritual development and service to others.

· Financial aid is available with 25 percent of the All Saints students receiving financial aid awards to attend the school. Contact All Saints for more information – 806-745-7701.

· All Saints Episcopal School is accepting applications for enrollment. Contact the school for more information – 806-745-7701.

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