As they held hands and finished their tradition of saying “Good Show!”, the ghost light was turned off, bringing an end to the rehearsals, contests, and performances. But “The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs” cast left the black box with more than they had walked in with: new friendships, new stories, and most importantly, new memories.
The theatre department held their last One-Act-Play performance, on April 27 in the Brady Memorial Auditorium. This was the final performance, as well as the first one available to the public, as the play was not able to advance to State in the UIL One-Act-Play contest.
“The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs” is a comedy following the story of Leonor, played by sophomore Victoria Medrano, who crosses geographical boundaries and defies social expectations of gender in order to bring her fickle lover, Don Juan, played by senior Eliel Muniz, to justice and restore her lost honor. Dressed as the dashing Leonardo, Leonor travels from Seville to Brussels with her trusting companion, Ribete, played by freshman Zachary Carter, where she encounters Don Juan and initiates her plan for revenge.
“We haven’t been to Region in years,” senior Jamerion Estrada (Don Fernando) said. “It was a new experience for almost everyone involved.”
“The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs” cast ran into a few technical hiccups during their final rehearsal at Smithson Valley High School before the competition. At the Regional level, the casts only have forty minutes to prepare and practice instead of the hour they are used to having. “Our rehearsal process was a complete disaster,” Estrada said. “I don’t know how much of an effect that rehearsal had on our performance, because we gave a really good performance. Even with that bad rehearsal, we still went on that stage and we worked it. We did it.”
Even though the “The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs” cast did not advance, many of the actors received multiple awards along the way at the Zone, District, Bi-district, and Area levels.
“We did an excellent job and I feel like we deserved to advance to state even though we didn’t,” Medrano said. “I’m sad about it, but I’m very proud of how far we made it. I’m happy about all of our accomplishments.”
After giving a hilarious performance on their last showing of “The Courage to Right a Woman’s Wrongs” to a packed auditorium, the cast is ready to say “goodbye” and is ready to move on to their next projects.
“As a senior who has been in OAP every single year, I am very happy to get a break and I’m very excited for college,” Estrada said. “I’m happy that I get to kind of retire with Mr. Whitus. At least for a little bit.”