MHS One Act Play advances to state competition

Ryleigh Pedigo, left, and Isaac Palmer perform during McAlester High School’s One Act Play that finished second at the OSSAA Class 5A regional Oct. 13 in Duncan. MHS qualified for a fifth consecutive trip to the state competition.

Local theater students qualified for a state competition for a fifth straight year.

McAlester High School’s One Act Play finished second at the OSSAA Class 5A regional Oct. 13 in Duncan to notch a fifth consecutive trip to the state competition.

“I’m really proud of the way they have focused and shown a lot of dedication to our department and our program,” said McAlester Director Nicole Green. “I’m glad it’s paying off for them.”

The state competition is set for Oct. 25 at the Freeland Center for the Performing Arts in Bristow.

McAlester finished second overall at the regional and was named Outstanding Stage Crew/Tech Champions for a fourth consecutive year.

Five MHS students were named to the Regional All Star Cast — including seniors Cellestte Bowden, Isaac Palmer, Christian Paul, Ryleigh Pedigo and freshman Anna Coleman.

Green said five is the most members McAlester has placed on the regional cast.

She praised the cast for the performance of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” — which is a play adapted from a novel depicting a 15-year-old boy who starts to investigate who killed a neighborhood dog and learns several life lessons along the way.

“I wanted to pick a a piece that was challenging and would showcase their skills they’ve been working on for the last four years,” Green said of her eight seniors.

Green also praised Assistant Director Michael Jones and lighting assistant Jason Strickland for their help.

She also thanked the McAlester Scottish Rite Masons for hosting several practices throughout the year.

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