One-act play “The Cripple of Inishmaan” excels to Regionals

The Cripple of Inishmaan competed it’s last show at One Act UIL for the regional competition, last Thursday, April 23. The shortened 40 minute version of the play, tells a dark story set in 1934 of “Cripple” Billy on his trying journey to escape the Aran Islands of Ireland and snag a part in a Hollywood film. The play advanced from the district competition, to bi district, to area, and landed with 3rd place in the regional competition.

“This play has been one of the most emotionally moving plays that I have been a part of,”  junior Corbin Schnuriger, who played Billy, said. “It has everything you want to see and and do. It makes you laugh, makes you cry, and makes you smile. That’s what One-Act has to be. This play has taken a place in my heart because it was my first acting part in a One-Act play, and we got farther than I was expecting… This year’s company goes to show that together the theatre department can do anything.”

Photo taken from NEISD website
Diamante Martinez, Corbin Schnuriger, Sophia Pollock, and Devon Moreno. Photo taken from NEISD website

The Cripple of Inishmaan unfortunately did not advance the crew to state, as last year’s play, Iphigenia, did but the cast is still proud of their achievements nonetheless.

“It’s disappointing, but we worked just as hard on The Cripple of Inishmaan and we love it just as much as we did Iphigenia,” junior Sophia Pollock, who played Billy’s aunt Kate Osbourne, said. “The memories are going to stay with us as long as the memories of Iphigenia will. And so, although we have to say goodbye to it sooner, we had a good run and we’re proud of the work that we put forward and that’s the most important thing.”

Although they did not advance to state, the Inishmaan cast received many awards from each competition.

“This year we were given a lot of acting awards at competitions, more than we have gotten in the past years,” Schnuriger said. “It was great to win awards because you know that your hard work paid off. Overall this production was an amazing journey for everyone and I can’t wait to see what we have in store for next year.”

At the district level Pollock received an Honorable Mention award, junior Corbin Schnuriger received an All Star Cast award, and junior Casey Canamar received an Honor Crew award. At the bi-district level, both sophomore Chase Kilstrome and junior Devon Moreno received an Honorable Mention, while Schnuriger and junior Rachel Rullo both received the All Star Cast award and junior Jessica Snyder received the Honor Crew award. At area,  Pollock, Moreno and Rullo all received an Honorable Mention, while Schnuriger got the All Star Cast award and senior Nic Guerrero received the Honor Crew award. Finally, at the regional level, Moreno received his third Honorable Mention while Rullo received her second, Schnuriger won the All Star Cast award for the fourth time, and junior Ricardo Guzman received the Honor Crew award. As a crew, the entire cast won the 6A Region Honorable Crew award.

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