Waxahachie One Act Play continues march toward state


Hope Patterson, Staff Writer

The one act play is once again making WHS proud as they continue to advance toward state. The next competition, regionals, will take place on April 23 in Waco.

The theatre department is well known for their talent and the wonderful shows they put on. This year, they are doing a show by the name of “A Monster Calls.” The show takes the audience through the story of Connor O’Malley, a boy whose mom is dying of cancer, and how his nightmares help him cope with letting her go. This heartbreaking tale speaks deeply to many, as losing someone to cancer is a very real and relatable topic. Sensitive shows are always a toss-up, and if not done right, can rub people the wrong way. But, Waxahachie seems to be able to grasp the topic and tell it in a way that helps people with their own heartbreak.

At each competition, the team is reminded by an audience member how much their show means to people and how real it is. The team so far has competed in District, Bi-district, and Area, winning first two times and second once. Noah Elsom, playing Connor, won the best performer twice and all-star cast once. Omari Crocker, playing the Monster, has also won best performer twice and all-star cast once. Isa Alcala, playing Mum, has won all-star cast, and the entire ensemble has won all-star cast one time. At each competition, Waxahachie’s crew has won the best crew award and individual awards.

It’s easy to see that Waxahachie is taking the reins with this year’s show and putting up their best performances. The next performance will be at regionals, and if they place first or second, they will be advancing to state. This team has done nothing but hard work and grown into a family. No matter what happens next, they will leave this year knowing they were able to tell a story that helped others feel something and heal from their own heartbreaks.