January 28, 2002
WHS drama students win top honors at thespian competition
The Washington State Thespian Society held its annual all-state acting competition at the Shoreline Center in Seattle on Jan. 15. There were 24 high schools participating this year with over 400 actors in competition in several categories of performance.
Woodinville High School registered 18 duo scenes, seven monologues and four solo musical monologues. Each entry performed twice during the day in front of two separate judges for evaluation. To receive All-State Status, actors had to receive two overall superior ratings from two separate judges.
At the end of the day, the state organization awarded 27 entries with All-State Honors. Woodinville theatre students earned eight top honors out of the 27, taking more honors than any other high school in attendance. Out of the 18 duo scenes entered by Woodinville, 12 received at least one superior rating.
All-State winners from Woodinville High School are: Duo scenes: Meggie Linder and DJ Weidner; Ben Paplow and Lisa Burningham; Travis Platt and Robin Kierstein; Darren Orr and Chris Mathews. Monologues: Fahim Anwar, Halley Anderson and Evan Hernandez; Solo Musical Monologue: Tim Campbell.
All of these students are now invited to the National Thespian Competition, which will be held in Lincoln, Neb., this summer.
Several of the All-State winners are also currently working on the murder mystery, "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" which will open at Woodinville High School on Feb. 28.