Milano OAP’s ‘Picnic’ advances

Actors, crew win numerous awards at UIL contests

Cast and crew of Milano’s One-Act Play pose with trophy after advancing out of district contest. Cast and crew of Milano’s One-Act Play pose with trophy after advancing out of district contest. BRENHAM–Once again Milano High School’s One-Act Play has advanced out of district contest and on to area competition. Their play “Picnic” by William Inge, advanced from district contest on Saturday. Area competition will be held Thursday, April 8 at Hempstead High School

The District 29-A One-Act Play contest was held at Brehnam High School Auditorium and besides Milano, Shiner’s “Pinocchio Commedia” advanced to area.

Milano students winning awards at district contest included all-star cast honorees Sam Walker and Carter Whitmire. Earning spots on the honorable mention all-star cast were Christin Catalina and Ashton Whitmire.

During zone competition held March 23 at Cameron’s Yoe High School Performing Arts Center, Milano’s play along with Snook’s “The Happy Scarecrow” advanced to Saturday’s district contest.

At zone, Sam Wa l ker wa s named best actor and Ashton Whitmire best actress. All-star cast awards went to Chelsey Burgess, Christin Catalina and Carter Whitmire. Thomas Sanders and Hayden Wilson were named to the honorable mention all-star cast.

Milano’s crew of Ryan Karl (lights), Lexi Melton (state manager), Jaxson Robinson (sound), John Jentsch (assistant) and Blair Geer (prop mistress) won the zone’s Best Crew award.

The group is directed by Susan Meyer and Sherry LaGrone.

Milano had a deep history of One-Act Play success. The group has advanced to the state UIL contest three times in the last nine years, including a second place finish in 2007 and third place in 2009. They also made the trip to Austin in 2003.

Other cast and crew members in this year’s production are: Desiree Adrian, Britany Bullock, Dylan Eastland, Stephanie Philpott.

Also Caleb Eastland, Hunter Gage, Tar yn Love, Elisabeth Thomason and Blaine Plentl.

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