Submitted By Christi Eanes
Congratulations to Lopez Drama for winning the NEISD UIL One Act Play competition held at Eisenhower Middle School on February 25. Lopez won first place in the large school division of plays with their production of “Dark Road” by Laura Lundgren Smith. Individual awards went to Shreyas Misra, Best Actor Overall; Emma Sanchez, All Star cast; Hannah Randall and Alyssa Cameron, Honorable Mention All Star cast; Rory McLean and Kenzie Corbitt, Outstanding Technical Crew.
The play is set in 1946 Germany. When Greta, a young girl living in Nazi Germany, reads that the nearby women’s concentration camp is hiring guards, she sees it as a chance to find her place in the world and provide for her sister, Lise. But soon she learns the reality of her duties, and so too does she learn how to justify her crimes, heading further and further down the dark road laid by the Third Reich. Kindhearted Lise is shocked at what her sister becomes, and though the two drift apart, their fates remain inextricably and dangerously linked. A powerful drama about the choices that allow evil to become ordinary.
Lopez Drama began thinking win win in December when invited theatre students auditioned for the play. Beginning with the end in mind, the rehearsal process took place daily through January and February. The cast and crew included sixth graders Alexa Gonzalez, Rachel Butler, Joshua Stephan; seventh graders Claire Caven, Lizzie Baseley, Alyssa Cameron, Jack Ramsay, Reagan Huskisson; eigth graders Kayla Armbruster, Janae Porter, Hannah Randall, Emma Sanchez, Maggie Joyce, Rory McLean, Kenzie Corbitt, Emma Arnold, Preston Wilder, Shreyas Misra, Talia Bernstein, Jiana Kevilus, and Cara Staffier.
Many thanks to the Lopez administration, faculty, staff and Drama parents for their support of this production! Congratulations Lopez Champions!