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Here is a look at the Theatre department's upcoming last show and an overview of the season's events

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY VINCE BROWN - Molalla High School Theatre is presenting 'Split' by Bradley Hayward on Saturday, June 2.

The Molalla High School Theatre department is presenting one last performance following an eventful season, which included a leadership change, several successful performances and a best-in-state award.

The Advanced Acting class is presenting a one-act play titled "Split," which is author Bradley Hayward's commentary on the impact of divorce on various teen archetypes, according to theater teacher Clyde Berry. The show will run on Saturday, June 2 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the MHS auditorium. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

The play will bring MHS's theater season to a close.

This year, local performer and producer Christine Anderson took over leadership of Thespian Troupe 2786 after Berry. Berry still teaches theater classes at the high school, but no longer coaches after-school activities. Anderson's first production was a radio show version of "It's a Wonderful Life."

Anderson then coordinated the production of student-directed one-act plays including "Baker's Dozen" directed by senior Jessie Bushon, "Henry's Law" directed by junior William Tongsiri and "Emotional Baggage" directed by senior and Thespian President London Chaffin.

Then at this year's State Thespian Conference, sophomore Emma Baton received the "Showcase Select Award" for her "Emotional Baggage" makeup design. This best-in-state award is a first for Troupe 2786 in decades, according to Berry.

Finally, the troupe collected a generous donation from Pentacle Theatre in Salem. After Pentacle's Technical Director Chris Benham redesigned their space with new platforms, Executive Director Lisa Joyce reached out to the theater community to rehome their old platforms. Pentacle's continued generosity has not gone unnoticed as they recently earned the Oregon Theatre Educators Association's Rae Mona Reynolds Humanitarian Award for student outreach.

"We love the chance to share resources with other organizations," Joyce said, "especially when it means that young people will have the chance to experience live theater."

COURTESY PHOTO: CLYDE BERRY - London Chaffin coordinates vounteers in loading the platforms for delivery.

Molalla thespians coordinated the pickup, delivery and storing of the platforms, with the help of volunteers and loaned trucks and flatbeds. More than 40 pieces of scenery are now stowed in the Molalla scene shop.

"This generous donation has tripled our stock scenery pieces," Chaffin said. "I have always enjoyed Pentacle's Student Night previews and talkbacks, but this donation will directly help our troupe and next year's new drama coach start the 2018-2019 season off strongly and continue the amazing growth over the past few years. We are also grateful for other generous organizations, such as Molalla Communications and Keeping the Arts, that have supported us this year."


Kristen Wohlers
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