Three Joseph thespians earn honors at contest

<p>Joseph High School seniors Noel Taylor, Mia Whittle and Holly Taylor show off the ribbons they won at the recent Oregon Thespian Northeast Regional Acting Competition. The Taylor twins, with the top score in the Duo Novice Comic category, qualified for the state acting contest in April.</p>

Three Joseph High School seniors brought home honors from the Oregon Thespian Northeast Regional Acting Competition held at Sandy High School in Sandy Jan. 31.

Holly and Noel Taylor won the Duo Novice Comic category, which qualifies them to compete with other region winners at the State Acting Competition in April.

Mia Whittle achieved one perfect and one near-perfect score in her rounds in the Solo Acting Experienced category and received a Regional Qualifier ribbon.

“I was so proud of them,” said Joseph Thespian chapter advisor Pam Latta, who accompanied the trio. “They all received very complimentary comments from the judges.

The Taylor sisters performed a cutting from “Lemonade,” while Whittle, who competed three years ago, selected cuttings from “Antigone” by Jean Anouilh and “Goodbye, Charles” by Gabriel Davis.

The Taylors are latecomers to the Joseph drama program, performing for the first time in the dinner theater at Wallowa Lake Lodge this school year. Holly and Noel earned perfect scores in two of their three rounds in the regional contest.

Latta said the Joseph Thespian Troupe has competed only infrequently at the acting competition since it was chartered in 1991.

When Will Roundy and Bart Latta won the Duo Novice Dramatic competition in Bend in 1992, there were only 300 competitors in all the categories. This year, Oregon Thespians sponsored three regional acting competitions and registered over 1500 students.

The 2014 Northeast Regional Competition registered 16 schools and 571 students, with approximately 75 entries in each category.

Next on the troupe’s schedule is hosting the annual Joseph School Carnival March 11 and attending the state acting festival April 3-5.

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