Thespians make State, learn to push themselves

Grace Biernacki, Staff Writer

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Lake Park’s theatre department has developed a reputation of excellence and accomplishment, and this year’s Contest Play and Group Interpretation were no exception. Beginning with rehearsals in January, both shows had only about a month and a half to block scenes, memorize lines, and polish their performances in order to compete against other shows put on by nearby high schools.

Lake Park hosted Sectionals this year on March 17 and, with the help of the theatre boosters and thespians, was a huge success. Six Contest Plays and nine Group Interpretations were entered into the competition.

Both CPs and GIs have specific guidelines to follow that are much stricter for the nature of the competition versus a normal Lake Park show. For example, a CP must only be 40 minutes in length or less with only 20 minutes or less to set up and strike the entire set. A GI must only be 30 minutes, with merely 5 minutes for set up and take down. The top 2 Contest Plays and top 3 Group Interpretations qualified for the state competition in Peoria.

“I worked on the script for IT for over a year, and it was so exciting to see extremely talented actors bringing it—literally—to life,” says Mr. Uppling, director of Group Interpretation. “They handled the horror genre, which is uncommon for a GI, with professionalism and brought passion every day to rehearsal and to the performances.”

“I usually perform in comedies, but being in this show gave me the experience of playing a more serious character and pushing my limits as an actor,” says Ben Herring, who starred in Contest Play as Stevie. “It gave me an outlet to meet new people in an activity I’ve done for four years.”

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Thespians make State, learn to push themselves