Theatre Brigade Showcase and Thespian Festival

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Theatre Brigade Showcase and Thespian Festival

Saraiya Carr (10) and Brooke Stewart (12) pose with awards at the PDA festival.

Saraiya Carr (10) and Brooke Stewart (12) pose with awards at the PDA festival.

Saraiya Carr (10) and Brooke Stewart (12) pose with awards at the PDA festival.

Saraiya Carr (10) and Brooke Stewart (12) pose with awards at the PDA festival.

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Every year, the Theatre Brigade puts on an event called “An Evening of PDA with a Couple of Thespians.” This event allows the actors and actresses to perform their pieces to peers and family and as well as prepare for the SC Thespian Festival. This year, I was able to be an audience member at their performance. I quickly figured out that Theatre Brigade is filled with people that love being on stage, whether that time is spent acting out plays, reciting monologues, or doing musical theatre. Their collective passion is obvious and it was wildly entertaining to watch them do what they love.

The action started at 7 PM sharp. After Mrs. Lavely gave an introduction, duet acting quickly began. Saraiya Carr (10) and Avery Haan (10) became two people in line to see the principle. Americus Blanding (11) and JuDasha Jones (11) transformed into Shakespearean characters in some sort of purgatory. Then, it was time for monologues; each actor/actress who performed in this section did two separate ones. I thought Solomon Troupe (11) gave an especially memorable performance. His ability to control his every move and inflect his voice was astounding. After monologues were the solo musicals. When Alyssa Pate (10) sang, her voice was pure and captivating. Hannah Ramsey (11) sang a completely different piece, bringing actual tears to my eyes. Suffice it to say that she sang like a seasoned Broadway performer.

The finale, performed after all of the solo musicals were finished, was a piece called “The Remarkable Susan,” a one-act play about Susan B. Anthony’s court hearing after she got arrested for voting in 1873. Saraiya Carr played the titular role (dare I say remarkably). Avery Haan played a girl from the present observing the whole thing. The play had themes of acceptance and equality. The costuming of the play was great. An all-female cast played both male and female parts, but their style and hair were distinct. “For my last PDA production, my goal is not trophies or awards, but inspiration and a dedication to fighting the good fight wherever one may find it!” said Mrs. Lavely on the back of the program.

UPDATE. The PDA Festival was a success: JuDasha Jones and Saraiya Carr received Superior Acting awards, the ensemble received Superior Acting, costuming received a Superior, and the play production received a superior.

The ladies of the Wade Hampton Theatre Brigade perform “The Remarkable Susan” in the auditorium before performing it at the PDA Festival.