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Blue Jays flawless at Region 9 Drama competition

Article by Ian Grande

Watford City –  The Stanley Blue Jays turned in a flawless performance to capture the first Region 9 Drama title in the school’s history.

First year coach Carter Hill directed the group to a perfect score and a berth in the State Drama competition which will take place in Jamestown on November 20th and 21st.

The entire cast earned the prestigious “superior ensemble acting award” for their performance.

Hill was impressed with the dedication level that the students displayed this season, something that payed off in spades. “The students have worked hard,” said Hill. “They gave their lives up the past few months for this play, and it was not on accident or a fluke that they won, but a well-deserved and fought for achievement.”

The Region 9 Drama competition featured eleven teams: Alexander, Burke Central, Divide County, Grenora, Kenmare, New Town, Ray, Stanley, Tioga, Watford City, and Williston Trinity Christian.

The top three performances qualified for the state meet:
Champion: Stanley High School performing “…And Others”
Runner-Up: Watford City High School performing “Exit”
3rd Place: New Town High School performing “Citizen’s Arrest”

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Stanley Drama Team (Photo by Katie Harwood)

As the Blue Jays were about to conclude their magnificent performance it became crystal clear to Hill that they had turned in something special. “My eyes welled up with tears while they performed at regionals because of how proud I was of them,” said Hill. “They were on fire and had captivated everyone’s attention in that theater. And in that moment I thought, ‘they’re going to do it…they’re going to win.’”

The judges of the competition agreed and left the group some rave reviews:

“A well rehearsed, well directed, wonderful and powerful performance.” – Debbie Rogers

“So well done. It was riveting and intense.” – Cheryl Nilsen

“Wow! Just wow! You are all fantastic actors and bring your characters to life.” – Patrick Pins

The Blue Jays are going to have a performance for the community on Sunday November 19th at the high school gym (2 pm).

The Stanley Drama Cast
Hannah Erie……………………………………………..Amanda
Hannah Jones………………………………….……….Rachel
Sariah LaBar……………………………………………Katarina
Jace Ruud………………………………………………..Brady
Keith Braddock II…………………………………….Randall
Benjamin Wing………………………………….……Kade
Travis Dean…………………………………………….Liam
Grace Sorensen………………………………………Stage Crew


*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. If you have any comments or concerns please email StanleyGazette@gmail.com

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