March 28, 2013
Granbury High School and Crossland Ninth Grade Center theater arts students stole the show at the UIL One Act Play district competition on March 27, 2013, at Aledo High School. The troupe is advancing to the area round.

Students performed The Diviners, a dramatic play by Jim Leonard Jr. about a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930’s.

The troupe shined before Jerry MacLauchlin, a professional actor and choreographer who worked on Broadway, who also adjudicated performances by Fort Worth Arlington Heights, Fort Worth Trimble Tech, and Fort Worth Western Hills.

Blake Bergeman and Bailey Youngs were named Best Actor and Best Actress respectively. All-Star cast members were Preston Chapman and Nick Mayes. Receiving honorable mention accolades were Haley Hart and Brennan Ross.

Other cast members were Sheridan Baze, Amanda Brenning, David Broberg, Kiesten Mathis, and Natalie Willingham.

Tori Townsend is serving as stage manager with other crew members William Black, Baylee Davis, Kyle Mayes, Rachael Periello, Whitney Shearon, and Izzy Woods. 

The production was under the direction of GHS theater arts director Phil Groeschel, who was assisted by Crossland theater arts teacher Krista Alcorn Holman.

The area contest will be Saturday, April 13 on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. 

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