Sulphur Springs High School’s performance of the One-Act Play “The History of Tom Jones” ranked third at the area contest, making them alternates for the regional meet.
“As alternate, if one of the other schools isn’t able to go to region, we would go in their place,” said Dawn Doyle-Jones, play director and theater arts instructor. “I’m really proud of the kids. They performed to the best of their ability.”
Four students earned individual recognition for their contributions Thursday at the Area One-Act Play Competition at John Horn High School in Mesquite.
Emily Reynolds earned the Honor Tech award for her contributions as a member of the crew. This marks the second time this season Reynolds has won the tech award, first taking the honor at the district meet.
Wesley Harrison and Reilly Hale earned All-Star Cast honors. That’s a step up for Harrison, who received honorable mention All-Star Cast honors at the district meet, and a big step for Hale who did not earn distinction at district.
Harrison is billed as Patridge, Sophia’s horse, a servant and the Highwayman. He truly shines in the latter role. He is a riot as the misshapen highwayman, whose efforts to rob various passing members of the cast are foiled time and again. Harrison’s portrayal of the “villain” receiving his licks is so hilarious the highwayman is a crowd favorite.
Hale doubles as both a servant and Lady Bellaston, a man-hungry member of the social set who turns on Tom Jones (played by Jacob Rost) when he scorns her lascivious attentions, accusing him of forcing himself on her when in truth she attacked him.
Brandon Bryant received an honorable mention All-Star Cast nod for his portrayal of Squire Western, neighbor of Squire Allworthy (played by Triston Pullen) and father of Sophia Western (played by Lexi McCaig), who is the love interest of title character Tom Jones. Bryant also stands in as a servant in at least one scene in which Squire Western is not on stage.
Completing the cast were Triston Pullen, who pulls double-duty as Henry Fielding and Squire Allworthy and was named Best Actor at district; Jacob Rost as Tom Jones (honorable mention All-Star Cast at district; Jenni Johnson, who won All-Star Cast at district for her portrayal of Ms. Waters and Jenny Jones; Liam Pollard, who won All-Star Cast at district for his portrayal of Captain Blifil, Blifil and a servant; Lexi McCaig as Sophia Western and a servant; Jade Ausbrooks as Bridget and Honour; Anna McDonald as Miss Western and a servant; Reilly Hale as Lady Bellaston and a servant; Christian Dicus as Wilkins, the innkeeper’s wife and Lady Bellaston’s maid; Logan McGraw as Square, Western’s horse and a servant; Peyton Howard Thwackum, Innkeeper and hangman; Carson McIllwain as Judge Dowling, Tom’s horse and a servant; and Mikayla Jones as Harriet Fitzpatrick and a servant.
Completing the crew were Shannon Lucas, Mary Humphries, Kayla Hiller and Shelby Smith. Understudies were RileyJack Bridges, Kye Johnson, Danelle Parks and Tamra Rushing.
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