Manti takes region in 3A
drama for seventh time
By Linda Petersen
Mar. 29, 2018
MANTI—Manti High School is region champs in drama for the seventh year in a row.
And just four points separated Manti from second place North Sanpete High School.
Seven schools—Manti, North Sanpete, Richfield, South Sevier, Emery, Grand and San Juan—competed in the Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, event held at Manti High School.
“With Manti now being in the new classification of 3A, the competition was very competitive and much larger than past regions,” Kory Howard, Manti High’s drama teacher, said. “Our region consists only of public schools, and it’s great to see the arts being supported so well in all these schools.”
In one-act plays, San Juan took first place, with Manti in second, Richfield in third and North Sanpete in fourth.
Manti’s Abby Huff was named Best Character Actor for her role as Tweed in “Something’s Afoot,” Manti’s one-act play.
Manti also received an honorable mention in the Best Production Design category from the judges.
In Humorous Monologues, Carson Lawrence from Manti took second place with his monologue titled “Vermin Supreme.”
Justin Bawden and Ellie Christensen from Manti took first place in pantomime with their original “Love is a Witch.” Manti also took third place with Cari Carmody and Kodie Godfrey’s original pantomime “Stood Up.”
In Musical Theatre, Justin Bawden, Marcus Bahlmann, Cody Alder, and Zach Brown of Manti took second place for their performance of Officer Krupke from “West Side Story.”
Fourteen Manti students/groups advanced to medals rounds, which means they were in the top six or seven in their individual categories.
“I am extremely proud of our students, and they should be proud of themselves,” Howard said. “The goal and validation for our students is not winning, but working hard, improving personally and having fun performing theatre. Seeing them support each other, have fun together and become stronger individuals and a more unified team is worth more than any trophy.” North Sanpete High had seven students/groups advance to the medals round.
Keagan Mitchell was named Best Actor for his portrayal of Otto Frank in North Sanpete’s one-act version of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
Taking first place in classical scenes were North Sanpete’s Emily Hill and Brynne Lamb, with second place in Contemporary Scenes going to Aubrey White and Nettie Knudsen and third place to Alicia Perry and Kylee Davis.
North Sanpete received Best Set Design for their one-act play.