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Newcastle OAP Success on stage

By Forbus, Kem

April 02, 2017

“I’m just waitin’. Waitin’ and wishin’. Just like everybody else.” -Sybil


Rehearsing since the first of January, the students and directors have worked hard to craft a story worthy of being told on the stage. The story follows Tood (Emma Ray), Weetsie (Bryanna Nickel), and Sybil (Arryn Eli) who are married in rural Louisiana in 1943 to three Cliffert brothers (AJ Ford as Tommy). The men are off to war, and a local news story about these young wives keeping the home fires burning, covered by Addie Mae (Amber Graves),  is discovered by Life magazine. It is decided the women’s picture should appear on the cover of Life magazine. Kate Miller (Kelsey Shields)  is assigned to the story. Kate is not pleased to be doing a “woman’s piece” for her first cover after having covered the war in Europe, but she does it anyway. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women and their mother-in-law, Aunt Ola (KC Morgan). Kate’s haughty urban attitude gives way to sympathy as she begins to understand them while coming face to face with her own powerlessness in a man’s world.


Both competition days, March 18 and 25, started early for NHS OAP. Official rehearsal started at 8:00 AM at Bryson High School. Once official rehearsal was completed, the group settled in until the shows began either at 1:00 or 2:00, respectively. At both levels NHS OAP performed last which meant they did not perform until after four in the afternoon.


After a long day both at district and bi-district competition, Newcastle OAP didn’t have to wait and wish any longer. The hard work the cast, crew, alternates, and directors had put in on their play “The Cover of Life” by R. T. Robinson had been judged and found successful.


Newcastle OAP advanced from district competition to bi-district competition and from bi-district competition, where they ranked first, to area competition. Area competition will be on April 3, at Stephenville High School. Newcastle will be the fifth of six plays to perform. The first play will go on at noon, and NHS should perform somewhere around four. There will be a $2 admission, and those arriving before 3:30 should be prepared to have their license scanned as a visitor to the school.


At district Kelsey Shields and Amber Graves received honorable mention all-star cast. Emma Ray, Bryanna Nickel, and Arryn Eli received all-star cast. Holly Manos received best individual crew member. Bryson and Throckmorton advanced to bi-district competition with Newcastle.


At bi-district Kelsey Shields received honorable mention all-star cast, and Bryanna Nickel and Arryn Eli received all-star cast. Gracie Payne received best lights. Bryson and Throckmorton advanced to area competition along with Newcastle.


Those serving on crew include JR Gossett, Amy Martinez, Keelie Blassingame, Gracie Payne, and Holly Manos.

Alternates include Lynsey Jones and Hannah Manos.


Directors are Kemberley Forbus and Meghan Clark.


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