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Douglas thespians qualify for state festival

Top row; Jimmy Rich, Spud Sunderland, Kyle Roundy, Kate Niday. Middle; Carlee Gillespee, Leah Heydman, troupe director Amy Sando, Chyanne Fischer, Dalton Miller. Bottom row; Kai Stoll, Jocelyn Contreras, Katelin Teigen, and Emily Tuggle. Not pictured are Gio Hernandez, Nicolas Kertesz, Jordan Sullivan, Kat Vondruska, and Cooper Whittemore.

Not only did all 17 Douglas High School thespians qualify for state at the regional Thespian Festival in Reno on Feb. 7-8, but one of them earned the highest score out of all the competitors there.

Dalton Miller, 16, earned the top superior award with his solo musical piece, "It Takes Two," from Hairspray.

"I had no idea because there was so much talent there," he said. "It was unbelievable."

Dalton said performing a solo musical is more than just singing.

"You put movements with the song, and you actually feel the song," the sophomore said. "You sing it well and show the judges what you're made of."

Dalton also earned a superior ranking in contrasting dialogue along with Kai Stoll, and Katelin Teigan.

"I enjoy it because it lets everything out. When you act and get into character, it's a passion, and I love doing it," Dalton said of acting. "If I could act every day of this year, I would. I'm definitely going to do it when I'm a junior and senior."

The state competition is March 19-23 in Las Vegas.

To raise money to get to the competition, students are selling advertisements for the spring play "Almost Maine" the last weekend in March and first weekend in April. Businesses can contact troupe director Amy Sando at asando@dcsd.k12.nv.us or call the school directly to place an ad. They will also be having a raffle at the show and need donations.

Results

Stage Manager

Excellent — Chyanne Fischer

Contrasting Monologues:

Excellent — Nicolas Kertesz and Katherine Niday

Superior — Dalton Miller, Kai Stoll, and Katelin Teigan

Duet Scenes:

Excellent — Kai Stoll and Cooper Whittemore, Carlee Gillespee and Katarina Vondruska, Nicolas Kertesz and Giovanni Beltazar, and Austin Sunderland and Kyle Roundy

Superior — Leah Heydman and Jordan Sullivan

Duet Musical:

Excellent — Jocelyn Contreras and Katelin Teigen

Solo Musical:

Excellent — Jocelyn Contreas, Emily Tuggle, Keaton Peters and Jordan Sullivan

Top Superior — Dalton Miller