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Drama students laugh their way to state

[ 0 ] October 23, 2013 |

Oologah drama students Ethan Williams and Mia Graham rehearse together Tuesday afternoon as they prepare for state this Friday. The pair were selected to the Regional All Star cast for their parts in the play "The Craving."

By CHRIS EDENS

City Editor

Oologah drama students hope comedy will bring home a state championship.

Oologah tied for first place at regionals Oct. 12 with their production of the one act comedy “The Craving.” Oologah took second after the tie was broken on the judge’s preference.

Ethan Williams and Mia Graham were selected for the Regional All Star cast. Williams character, Terry has written a dramatic screenplay that he tries to sell toHollywood. Graham plays an actor in the film after producers turn the screenplay into a horror film.

“They peaked at the right time. After giving two outstanding performances for the school and public, their competition performance was excellent,” Oologah drama coach Jennifer Denslow said. “I’m thrilled beyond belief. It’s a ticket to state and that’s the big thing.”

Oologah has qualified for state in one acts 14 out of the last 21 years and four of the last five years. Other state qualifiers are Bishop Kelley, Bishop McGuiness, Classen School of Arts, Mount St. Mary, Guymon, Wagoner and Cushing.

Denslow said Guymon and Classen are the favorites. One team at state is performing Oedipus, a dark Shakespearian play.

Oologah presented Hamlet at state last year. Denslow said judges at state tend to under rate the difficulty of comedies.

“This is the play we were meant to do this year, given the strong comedic talent of the seniors in the cast,” Denslow said. “Comedy isn’t easy. You can’t teach comedic timing.”

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