The Drama Dawgs’ of Ocean Springs High School retrieved second place in the state Sunday at the Mississippi Theatre Association’s 2017 Statewide Festival.
The troupe also won individual and cast awards. It will now perform at the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s 68th annual convention in Lexington, Kentucky, in March.
The Drama Dawgs performed the play “Argonautika,” which is based on an ancient Greek poem.
Chris Permenter, who is in his first year as the school’s theater teacher, said he was moved watching his students perform at the festival.
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“It gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes,” he said. “Because — in that moment — I saw 31 kids pouring their heart and soul into the show. They gave their performance every ounce of energy they had, leaving it all on the stage, and having a lot of fun while doing it. I couldn’t ask for anything else.”
The performance won several awards including Best Scenic Design, Overall Technical Excellence and runner-up for Best Play.
Abbigail Radius, who played Medea, and Corin Davis, who played Hercules, received All Star Cast recognition.
Ocean Springs also placed in the Theatre For Youth Division for their performance of the play “Wiley and the Hairy Man,” which took home the Overall Technical Award and an award for Scenic Design. Julia Carpenter was named to the All Star Cast for her work in the play.
Greyhound students also earned several awards in individual competitions:
▪ First place for Costume Design, Cindy Ballesterod
▪ First place for Poster Design, Michael Eckels
▪ Second place for Female Monologue, Julia Carpenter
▪ Second place for Scenic Design, Serena Liles
▪ Third place for Makeup Design, Abbigail Radius
▪ Third place for Solo Musical, Gabe Cruz
The troupe earned an invitation to the state competition. They had a top-five finish at the MTA’s South Mississippi High School Drama Festival in December.
Permenter also noted several students received scholarship offers from Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Belhaven and other schools while at the festival.