, Port Arthur, Texas

April 21, 2011

Sabine Pass one-act play advances to state

The Port Arthur News

SABINE PASS — Sabine Pass one-act play competed at the Regional Level of competition on April 16, at Blinn Junior College in Brenham.  “Permanent Collection” by Thomas Gibbons was selected as one of two plays chosen to represent the region at the state meet in Austin on May 11.  The play is directed by Brad Durio, Isabel Harvey, and Andy Bates.

Cole Williams was awarded the Best Actor award.  Ty Thomas was named to the All-Star Cast.  Honorable Mention honors went to Gonzalo Alvarez and Aja Baise.  Ashley Hebert, and Shanik Ifield round out the cast. 

Assisting as the Play Crew are Natalie Collazo, stage manager; Kaitlyn Broussard, lights; Chelsea Francois, sound; David Uher and Quincy Roberts, running crew.

Sabine Pass ISD has a long history of achievement with one-act play competition.  The school has had plays advance to the state level five times.  Three plays advanced under the direction of Frankie Schexnayder, one play under the direction of Becca Fleming, and one play under the direction of Kay Peltier and  Kristi Heid.  Two of the plays, “Adding Machine” and “Twelve Angry Jurors,” won at the state level, directed by Mrs. Schexnayder.  Her long dedication to theater at Sabine Pass ISD resulted in the auditorium, renovated by Extreme Home Makeover after Hurricane Rita, being named in her honor.

In 2008, Hurricane Ike destroyed the auditorium, along with the A.C. Scott Gymnasium, the band hall, and the Consumer Science classroom.  However, this did not deter the school from participating and advancingin play competition.  The school cafeteria became the auditorium, as well as the gymnasium.   Nederland High School and Lamar Port Arthur generously allowed the school to utilize their facilities as needed.  In spite of the hardships, last year’s play, “Twelve Angry Jurors,” directed by Kristi Heid, Isabel Harvey, and Andy Bates advanced through Regional competition and was selected as alternate to state.

In 2010, Sabine Pass ISD proudly dedicated the new Frankie Schexnayder Auditorium as part of the newly constructed building which also houses the A. C. Scott Gymnasium and several new classrooms.  The auditorium is one of the finest in the area, easily as magnificent as those in much larger school districts.

So, with a brand new auditorium to call home, the cast and crew of Permanent Collection hope to bring home state recognition to the 1A school district.  Break a leg, Sharks!