Dramatic Results at State Trumbauer 2021

Kaitlyn Inglis, Contributor

Back in November, the drama program competed at Lee High School for the annual Trumbauer competition. After winning Best Ensemble, Best Technical production, and Best in Show (plus seniors Morgan Butler and Ryland Segerson winning best actress and all star cast), the one act play “Eurydice” advanced to state! The state competition was held this past week at Troy University. 

We are so lucky to have a program filled with so much talent and two directors who care so much about their students, along with student director Samantha Bignault. This time around, competing against 19 other schools, Eurydice cast won Best Technical production, Best in Show (which is only awarded to the top 5), and leading actors Morgan Butler, Ryland Segerson, and Steven Rogers winning all star cast.

The advanced production class performs in the one-act. Beforehand, we had other performances, such as school shows and a benefit show. When asked if there was any difference in performing at Troy, senior Maelee Hamlett responded, “It is different for sure! Although it gets super stressful, adding the audience makes the world that your character lives in that much more real!” Along with the show, all levels of theatre from beginning to production compete in individual events such as monologues, dialogues, or musical numbers. Many of the student’s IEs placed. This includes the trophy-winning performances below: 

Jimena Sanchez – 1st place – Drama monologue, varsity

Nick Lozano / Emma Amacher – 1st place – Duet Pantomime, Intermediate

Maelee Hamlett / Liz Lockwood – 2nd place – Dramatic Dialogue, varsity

Lizzy Brady – 2nd place – Classical Comedic Monologue, Intermediate

Max Vandeberg / Nate Bryan – 3rd place – Classical Dramatic Dialogue, Varsity

Alia McGee – 3rd place – Comedic Monologue, varsity` 

Karsyn Whaley / Steven Rogers – 3rd place – Dramatic Dialogue, varsity

Malik Zeinelabdin / Robert Pierson – 3rd place – Comedic Reader’s Theatre, Novice

Aside from competing, there is so much more fun to be had at Troy! It has a beautiful campus with many fun photo opportunities. They have a Trojan center and a dining hall with many fun food options, including a Chick Fil A, Moes, Steak and Shake, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and so much more. When asked what a favorite part of the experience was, Senior Andie D’Amico replied, “ I really enjoy the excitement and adrenaline that comes with trumbauer. I also like hanging out with friends.” Overall, the environment is warm and welcoming and perfect for Trumbauer. 

Sadly, now it is time to close the chapter of both competition and Eurydice. The Patriot Players are sure to come back strong next semester and put on a spring show you will love and won’t want to miss.