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Needville one-act play advances in competition

April 5, 2019

Needville High School Theatre Arts students competed at the area level at Canyon High School in New Braunfels with their one-act play titled “The Tin Woman” and advanced to regional competition.

The students previously breezed through district and bi-district competition, and now they will head to region April 12 at Gregory-Portland High School in Corpus Christi. From there, they hope to advance to state.

“I’m very proud of this group,” said Theatre Arts Director Jenifer Knezek. “I don’t think I have ever had a group that wants it this badly. They never stop working on new ways to improve.”

Hannah Rader, who portrays heart transplant recipient Joy, and Mason Todd in role of the donor, Jack, each received an All-Star Cast Award.

Paulina Orellana, who plays Joy’s friend Darla, received an Honorable Mention All-Star Cast Award, and Jack Basden received an All-Star Crew Award.

In addition, the Outstanding Overall Crew Award was won by Basden, Sydney Smith, Rossi Uresti, Layton Meyer and Jilson Gutierrez.

The play is based on a true story about a woman who receives a heart transplant and eventually meets the donor’s family.

Rather than appreciating and enjoying life after the transplant, the recipient experiences a downward spiral because she feels unworthy of a second chance.

At the same time, the donor’s family mourns his loss, and the audience is taken on a path of both humor and despair as they explore what it’s like to lose a precious family member and face the promise of a new life.

Maggie Wandell and Casey Dworaczyk play the donor’s parents, and Taylor Amos portrays his sister. Ben Wandell and Cameron Knezek are nurses, and Hunter Dworaczyk is an orderly in the play.

“Despite the topic, the play has a lot of funny moments; but it also has a very heart-warming ending,” Knezek said. “Once we’ve finished with competition, we’ll perform it for the general public in Needville.”

“There are only a few roles in this one-act play. It’s a small cast, but a very powerful story,” said Knezek. “I’m so proud of all the work every member of the cast and crew has put into this production, and of all they have accomplished. We’re looking forward to regional competition and have our eyes set on state.”