REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Redmond Proficiency Academy’s Thespian Troupe #7715 recently competed in the annual Oregon Thespians Southern Regional Acting Competition, where they won 35 medals for excellence in numerous acting categories, the greatest number for any school in the region.
The annual competition was hosted by North Salem High School, where the event occurred on Saturday, Feb. 3.
“Each year, I am taken aback by our department's performance at Regionals,” said RPA Theatre Director Kate Torcom. “While their track record is impressive, it's essential to recognize that their success is never guaranteed. It's a new group of students each year, highlighting that this recognition is consistently earned, not inherited. It brings me immense joy to witness – showcasing the unwavering commitment of our RPA students to excellence and growth in educational theater.”
RPA students medaled in the following categories, qualifying them for the State Acting Showcase Competition at the Oregon Thespians State Festival in April:
Large Group Musical – Seniors Samantha Maragas, Ruby Boland and Caroline White, juniors Cohen Flanagan, Alex Dennis, Izzy Moon, Katey James and Nora Taylor, sophomores Charlotte Fairbanks, Olivia Carter, Jasper Merth, Lee Miller, Kylee Landers and Kyle Cady-Tilton, freshman Mary Walston and Taylor Pennington
Group Acting – Ruby Boland, Samantha Maragas, Nora Taylor, Alex Dennis, Charlotte Fairbanks and Mary Walston
Duo Musical Experienced – Ruby Boland, Mary Walston
Solo Music Experienced – Samantha Maragas and Katey James
Solo Musical Novice – Sophomore Kaylee Williams
Duo Drama Experienced – Senior Eleanor McBride and Katey James
Solo Acting Experienced – Izzy Moon
Solo Acting Novice – Freshman Avalin Thedford
RPA students also medaled in the following categories, making them Regionals Finalists:
Duo Music Experienced – Sophomore Kaleb Handy and Freshman Nolan Ocana
Solo Acting Novice – Freshman Anne Lunny
“Winning is never the goal of regionals, but as a senior, knowing that all your hard work paid off, feels amazing,” said senior Ruby Boland. “I am so excited to continue to learn and grow as an artist.”
RPA was the most decorated troupe in the Oregon Southern Region for the ninth year in a row, continuing to build on an already well-established reputation as a strong competitor in the Southern Region and throughout the state.
About Redmond Proficiency Academy
Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) is a tuition-free public charter school located in Redmond, Oregon. RPA serves over 900 students from grades 6th-12th throughout Central Oregon. With an innovative and personalized proficiency-based collegiate model, RPA provides dynamic pathways to success for all students.