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Antigone Now: Bittersweet Season

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After competing in the Elkhorn play contest in early November and winning, Crete continued to improve their show. Long, countless hours were spent building the set, developing characters, and memorizing lines. It took a lot of  hardwork and determination to create the chilling play that was Antigone Now.

One Act Conference took place Tuesday, November 22nd at Seward High school. Crete performed alongside other Class A and B ranked schools at this event. This was the first year in a long time that all ten schools in the Conference were in attendance, which added up to a long day of watching and performing plays. Crete ended up winning third place, and had many cast members win outstanding actor awards. Schuyler won second with their play The Perils of Lulu, and York claimed first with Sweeney Todd. “Our performance at Conference was better than our home performance, but it wasn’t perfect. We took a lot of feedback from the judges to make our play stronger,” commented Mrs. Walburn, the head director.

The cast had less than a week to work towards improving the show until Districts, which took place December 3rd. Even though Crete is considered a Class B school, when it comes to play production, Crete is thrust into Class A. This puts them up against big schools like Lincoln Northstar and Lincoln East. This did not discourage them however, from putting on the best performance they had all season. In the end, Crete beat Northstar by one point, pushing it to judges’ preference. The judges ranked Northstar 1st, 1st, and 3rd, while Crete had rankings of 2nd, 2nd, 1st. Since Northstar had more 1st place rankings, they claimed victory over Districts. Crete went away with the second place prize, which was a bittersweet reward. “ I’m really proud of the whole cast, even if we didn’t get the outcome we wanted.” Said Walburn. Cordelia Ring, a senior and cast member commented on Districts. “We should have gone to state.” She said. The whole cast felt saddened by the close defeat, especially since they went to State last year.  They received a standing ovation however, from all of the other schools in attendance. Crete was the crowd favorite, and it’s safe to say that their performance will not be soon forgotten.

Crete’s One Act has been getting better every year. They have tasted victory and defeat, but they always use those emotions to improve the team and performances. “I’m looking forward to using our momentum and work to have an even better season next year, with actors committed to excellence.” Said Walburn. There is no doubt that Crete will come back next year with a great show, and continue to be a force to be reckoned with at Conference and Districts.

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