JDHS students win first place in drama at state DDF tournament

The Juneau Douglas High School Debate, Drama and Forensics team won top honors in the drama category at the State DDF Tournament, held this past weekend in Anchorage. With the win, the local team reclaimed the top position they gained in 2010; last year they placed second.


The team, led by JDHS Theater Department’s Michaela Moore, also placed second in forensics in this year’s contest.

The DDF championship, organized by the Alaska School Activies Association, involves compeition in 15 categories; some are theatrical (such as pantomime and solo acting), others oratorical (such as original oration and extemporaneous commentary) and others rhetorical (such as public forum debate and policy debate).

Students who placed in the top of their categories include Taylor Vidic, Aria Moore, Angela Wright, Roxie Hildebrand and Cheyenne Siverly, who placed first in the reader’s theatre category with their performance of a cutting from “Little Shop of Horrors;” and Ellen Dyar, who was named state champion in dramatic interpretation for her performance of a cutting from the young adult novel “Unwind” by Neil Shusterman.

Here’s a look at some of the other results:

• Taylor Vidic placed first in reader’s theatre; fifth in humorous interpretation and seventh in duo interpretation;

• Ellen Dyar placed first in dramatic interpretation and seventh in duo interpretation (with Vidic);

• David Mendivil placed third in pantomime, third in duet acting and fifth in reader’s theatre;

• Claire Dyar and Colton Welch placed fifth in reader’s theatre (with Mendivil);

• Cheyenne Siverly placed first in reader’s theatre and third in duet acting;

• Roxie Hildebrand placed first in reader’s theatre and seventh in solo acting;

• Ruby Steedle placed fourth in original oration;

• Orion Cohen placed third in extemporaneous commentary speaking;

• Leo Steedle placed fifth in domestic extemporaneous speaking; and

• Macrina Erickson placed fourth in public forum debate.

Some of these students will be taking the stage this weekend for the second series of “Kiss Me Kate: Revised” performances at the JDHS auditor

Inspired by “The Taming of the Shrew,” this play tells the tale of musical theater actors who were once married and are now performing opposite each other in the roles of Petruchio and Katherine in a Broadway-bound musical version of Shakespeare’s play. Already on poor terms, the pair begin an all-out emotional war mid-performance that threatens the production’s success. The only thing keeping the show together are threats from a pair of gangsters, who have come to collect a gambling debt from the show’s Lucentio, Bill Calhoun.

Shows begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information, visit www.jdhsdrama.com.

For more information about the DDF tournamnet, visit asaa.org/activities/drama-debate-forensics.


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