Well, I had a pretty damn good weekend. Then again, winning always is fun. This weekend I went to Huntsville for our UIL Regional competition, where I competed in Computer Applications (yes, I’m a nerd) and One Act. We drove up Friday and stayed at the Holiday Inn, which was amazing. We had so much fun, it was crazy. Then, on Saturday the fun started. I got up at 7:30 to go compete in Computer Applications, which sucked but at least I didn’t have to wake up at 6:00 like John and Sam. I felt pretty good coming out of the competition and headed over to eat some lunch. Buffets really are amazing. After that I went back to the hotel to get some clothes and my suit and went over to Huntsville High School for the main event…One Act play. It was really the only thing I cared about going in, Computer Applications meant nothing compared to it. However, before we performed Mrs. Moran came over to our room to tell me and Ryan the good news…we had won! I got first and he got second. Anyway, we felt our performance went well; even though it ran 36:56, it felt like we were pushing 39:00. Regardless, the awards ceremony started off nicely, with us winning Best Tech. This was soon followed by four other awards. John got Best Actor, Sam and Jordan got All Star Cast and Daniel Bevan (or is it Bevau) became the first Freshman in recent years to get a medal at a Regional OAP competition (Honorable Mention All Star Cast). Once Jordan got his award I was feeling really good about the show, and when they announced Anne Frank as the Alternate we all huddled together. Thankfully, for our nerves, the first advancing play was us. I swear, there must have been at least a minute of cheer after the announcement. We were all so incredibly excited. After four long years, Pod gets to strut her stuff at the State meet once again. Not only that, but Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead will be forever honored on the board outside the Drama room, hopefully with State Champions 2004. Anyway, Friendswood ended up winning UIL Regionals by over 130 points, I believe. Kiss that, Foster.
While we were waiting for the critiques to start, a woman from Montgomery (the other advancing play) came up at licked our plaque. It was the most disturbing thing…had we not all been in complete shock there would’ve been hell. We just couldn’t believe how little class their entire school had. No one was dressed up, they didn’t take notes during the critique, and the lead actor was a complete prick. I’m sorry, but if a judge tells you your performance needed something, whether it been a certain action, tone or doing a jig, you agree with her and be courteous. What a punk. Anyway, we’ll be on the lookout for the licking lady at State and be there to guard our trophy after the awards. After Montgomery, the judge critiqued us…or rather spent 10 minutes complimenting us. It was phenomenal. The lady, who had loved the show since it first came out said that our cutting was so good that for the first time she thinks she finally understood the play. She also said it was “the best performance I have seen in a long time”. Coming from a woman who is considered the Grandmother of Texas Theatre, that’s a pretty damn good compliment. By the end of the critique it was pretty obvious that we were the best show there. Too bad we couldn’t get her at state.
So all in all the weekend was pretty amazing. I can’t wait until we get to go up to Austin in two weeks…however, it is going to be insanely busy until we do. I don’t know how often I’ll be able to update (I know I already hardly update), but I’ll try to put up some pictures soon.