By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
Picayune Memorial High School’s theatre troupe, High Tide Productions, won numerous awards this year and on Tuesday gave special thanks to the school board of the Picayune Municipal Separate School District for its support.
Standing before the school board, the High Tide Productions troupe displayed its awards and said, “Thank you,” to each of the board members.
At the Regional Dramafest, the troupe was awarded the following honors: Best Direction; Best Scenic Design; Distinguished Play Award; Glen Menna Overall Theatrical Experience; Ensemble Award; Peer Choice Award; Taylor Abbott won Best Actor; and Jeremiah Quiroz and Jackson Ledford were named All-star Cast members.
At the State Festival, the troupe won the following awards: Runner-up Best Play and advanced to the Southeastern Theatre Conference; Alex Williams was awarded a $2,000 MTA college scholarship; Taylor Danner, Taylor Abbott, Jeremiah Quiroz, Laurel Ledford and Dylan Schram collectively won the first place Group Musical Award; Taylor Danner and Tessa Crump won second place in Duet Musical category; Paige Jackson won third place in the Playwriting Competition; Noah Frank and Alexis Crump won third place in the Original Scene category; and Jeremiah Quiroz and Katie Dufrene were named All-star Cast members.
In March, the troupe attended the SETC in Louisville, Ky. and six students, Taylor Danner, Alex Williams, Jeremiah Quiroz, Laurel Ledford, Taletha Odom and Savannah Showalter, collectively received 96 college audition callbacks and some scholarship offers.
For their performance at SETC, Noah Frank and Jeremiah Quiroz were recognized as All-star Cast members.
Picayune Memorial High School's theatre class was officially dubbed High Tide Productions with the arrival of drama teacher and program director William Rester in 2008. In five years, the troupe has staged 12 shows, with two more in the works for the 2012-2013 school year. Students participating in the program have been awarded more than $40,000 in college scholarships to study theatre.
In other action at the meeting, the board tabled the issue of personnel supplements to discuss in an executive session.
A motion was made to consider the teacher performance evaluation instrument MSTAR for use during the 2013-2014 school year.
The board approved a motion to consider accepting a Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation grant of $21,000.
Revision of the policy of Buildings and Grounds Management and Community Use of Schools was tabled until the next meeting to revisit the fee amount of the contract.
Revisions to compulsory school attendance policies were considered by the board. The policy establishes how many minutes students have to be present in a school day to actually be present. The policy will be effective at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.