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PCHS players advance to State AA Competition

The cast of “It’s All Greek to Me” will represent Pulaski County High School at the Virginia High School League State AA Competition on Dec. 1 in Charlottesville.
The cast advanced to the state level of competition after placing second in the region IV one-act play competition this past Saturday, which was hosted at PCHS, according to PCHS theatre director Jeff McCoy.
Placing first and also moving on to the state competition was Tunstall High School, with their sci-fi themed play “Kaleidoscope,” which is about a spaceship that explodes, leaving its inhabitants floating in space, McCoy said.
Also competing this past Saturday was Graham High School, which ended the day in third place, Marion High School, which came in fourth, Magna Vista High School, which ranked fifth, and Blacksburg High School, which came in sixth place.
McCoy commented that PCHS competes in a “tough region” and that the scores at Saturday’s competition were close.
“All of the shows on Saturday were consistently good,” he said, adding that he believes his cast performed “extremely well.”
“It’s All Greek to Me” is an original comedy written by McCoy and the cast, which McCoy described as “an absurdist adaptation of the Greek play “Lysistrata,”” written by Aristophanes.
In “It’s All Greek to Me,” the theatre world has fallen on bad times, so character “Erikestrada” calls a group of actors together to swear an oath that they will not act in any more plays, movies, or even commercials until something of substance is written, as a form of protest.
Several cast members from “It’s All Greek to Me” were recognized for their performances on Saturday.
Hayes Owens received an acting award for his role as “Erikestrada.”
In addition, Devin Altizer as “Larry,” Ed Chitwood as “artistic director,” and Josh Worrell as “Dionysus,” received honorable mention awards for their performances.
Now that PCHS is moving on to the state level, McCoy said they will take the advice of one of the judges from the regional competition and change some of their blocking (staging).
McCoy added that another reason to change some of their blocking is simply because they will be performing in a different theatre space, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center in Charlottesville.
Besides PCHS and Tunstall High, other schools participating in the state competition include Sherando High School, with “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” Lafayette High School, with “Deliver Us Not! (Or Birth Where is Thy Sting), Harrisonburg High School, with “The Invisible Man,” Central-Woodstock High School, with “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon,” Prince Edward County High School, with “Dark of the Moon, and Stuarts Draft High School, with “The Apple.”
McCoy noted that “It’s All Greek to Me” is the only original (director/cast written) play participating in the competition, which he hopes will help score PCHS a few extra points from the judges.
McCoy said he told the cast that even though they placed second at both the district and regional levels, they would be performing for a new set of judges at the state level, who might see things entirely different. He also reminded the cast that in both 2002 and 2006, when PCHS won the state competition, they had placed second at both the district and regional competitions.
The state competition takes place on Monday, Dec. 1, so McCoy and the cast will travel to Charlottesville the day before and stay overnight.
He added that if anyone is interested in making a donation to help defray the cost of the trip, which will include fees for a bus, hotel and meals, they can contact him at 643-0339.
McCoy also expressed his appreciation for the Pulaski County School Board for their financial support of the trip.

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PCHS players advance to State AA Competition

The cast of “It’s All Greek to Me” will represent Pulaski County High School at the Virginia High School League State AA Competition on Dec. 1 in Charlottesville.
The cast advanced to the state level of competition after placing second in the region IV one-act play competition this past Saturday, which was hosted at PCHS, according to PCHS theatre director Jeff McCoy.
Placing first and also moving on to the state competition was Tunstall High School, with their sci-fi themed play “Kaleidoscope,” which is about a spaceship that explodes, leaving its inhabitants floating in space, McCoy said.
Also competing this past Saturday was Graham High School, which ended the day in third place, Marion High School, which came in fourth, Magna Vista High School, which ranked fifth, and Blacksburg High School, which came in sixth place.
McCoy commented that PCHS competes in a “tough region” and that the scores at Saturday’s competition were close.
“All of the shows on Saturday were consistently good,” he said, adding that he believes his cast performed “extremely well.”
“It’s All Greek to Me” is an original comedy written by McCoy and the cast, which McCoy described as “an absurdist adaptation of the Greek play “Lysistrata,”” written by Aristophanes.
In “It’s All Greek to Me,” the theatre world has fallen on bad times, so character “Erikestrada” calls a group of actors together to swear an oath that they will not act in any more plays, movies, or even commercials until something of substance is written, as a form of protest.
Several cast members from “It’s All Greek to Me” were recognized for their performances on Saturday.
Hayes Owens received an acting award for his role as “Erikestrada.”
In addition, Devin Altizer as “Larry,” Ed Chitwood as “artistic director,” and Josh Worrell as “Dionysus,” received honorable mention awards for their performances.
Now that PCHS is moving on to the state level, McCoy said they will take the advice of one of the judges from the regional competition and change some of their blocking (staging).
McCoy added that another reason to change some of their blocking is simply because they will be performing in a different theatre space, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center in Charlottesville.
Besides PCHS and Tunstall High, other schools participating in the state competition include Sherando High School, with “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” Lafayette High School, with “Deliver Us Not! (Or Birth Where is Thy Sting), Harrisonburg High School, with “The Invisible Man,” Central-Woodstock High School, with “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon,” Prince Edward County High School, with “Dark of the Moon, and Stuarts Draft High School, with “The Apple.”
McCoy noted that “It’s All Greek to Me” is the only original (director/cast written) play participating in the competition, which he hopes will help score PCHS a few extra points from the judges.
McCoy said he told the cast that even though they placed second at both the district and regional levels, they would be performing for a new set of judges at the state level, who might see things entirely different. He also reminded the cast that in both 2002 and 2006, when PCHS won the state competition, they had placed second at both the district and regional competitions.
The state competition takes place on Monday, Dec. 1, so McCoy and the cast will travel to Charlottesville the day before and stay overnight.
He added that if anyone is interested in making a donation to help defray the cost of the trip, which will include fees for a bus, hotel and meals, they can contact him at 643-0339.
McCoy also expressed his appreciation for the Pulaski County School Board for their financial support of the trip.

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