Whitehouse Independent School District

One-Act Play heads to Bi-District after stellar win!

On Saturday, February 25, the Whitehouse Wildcat Theatre Company competed in the 5A,

District 17, UIL One Act Play competition. Whitehouse High School won first place and will be

advancing to Bi-District competition which will be held on Saturday, March 25, at University High

School in Waco.

This year’s play, THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE is by Bertolt Brecht, with an English

translation by Eric Bentley. The play was under the direction of Vernon and Shirley Grote,

Whitehouse Theatre Arts teachers. Mrs. Grote explained, “The script is a parable Brecht wrote

at the close of World War II. It is believed Brecht got the idea, for this story, from an old

Chinese fairytale. However, Brecht chose to set the play in the Caucasus Mountains of

Georgia, Russia and retells the tale of a child claimed by two mothers.”

The show was cast just prior to Christmas and rehearsals began in January. The students

rehearsed during the week and on Saturday. “There are five levels to the UIL One Act play

competition,” said Shirley Grote. We start with district, and then we have bi-district, area, region

and state competition. At each level, three shows will advance, with the exception of region,

where only two advance to the state competition.

At the District competition, Whitehouse students receiving individual awards were Cyrus

Mahdavi for Outstanding Crew Award, Will Clark and Tyse Burckhartt for Honorable Mention All

Star Cast and Brianna Townes received an All Star Cast award.

The Whitehouse Wildcat Theatre Company, including cast, crew and alternates are Alex

Becraft, Hunter Burckhartt, Tyse Burckhartt, Elizabeth Campbell, Will Clark, Chyanne Cornell,

Zycoria Dixon, Meynard Duquesa, Cole French, Morgan Gage, Tanner Garza, Joseph Hamm,

Gordon Holmes, Skylar Jones, Chris Knight, Cyrus Mahdavi, Kate McLeod, Tyree Phillips,

Hailley Rocha, Eric Spaude, Brianna Townes, Tristan Westmoreland and Crystal Zuniga.

Sophomore, Zycoria Dixon, said, “It’s such a good feeling to walk off the stage, with some of my

favorite people, and know that we did our best, TOGETHER, and that’s all that matters!” Kate

McLeod, junior, said, “One Act is a very good experience to be a part of as a high school

student because you are constantly learning new things from your directors and fellow cast

members at every rehearsal and performance. You constantly strive to be better than you were

at the rehearsal before and you form bonds with cast members that are your friends, while

creating a beautiful play in the process.

The show will be performed, for the public, next Tuesday night, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the

Whitehouse High School auditorium. There is no admission fee, although donations will be

accepted.
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