PSJA Southwest theatre students make campus history, advance to Region One-Act Play Contest
PHARR— The PSJA Southwest Early College High School theatre troupe made history recently as they advanced to Region in the UIL One-Act Play competition with their production of “The Book of Everything,” they will be competing today Tuesday in San Antonio.
In celebration of their milestone, PSJA Southwest theatre directors Sergio Sauceda, Johnny Trillayes and Carlos Palacios recruited the help of the PSJA Southwest Javelina band, cheerleaders and district and campus administration to surprise the cast and crew with a special sendoff ahead of their competition.
“(Our) community is great,” PSJA Southwest Theatre Director Sergio Sauceda said. “We’ve had so much support from the school board members, from our principal, from the administration. We want to come back with good news when we compete on Tuesday so just seeing the kids’ faces with excitement makes what we do worthwhile.”
During their Area contest in Harlingen on April 2, several students won individual awards, including Starr Candelaria, who received the Outstanding Technician award and Christopher Nicanor, who got Honorable Mention. Additionally, Kate Luna, Jackie Arellano, Rubi Quintero, Ximena Juarez, Leonardo Leon, Melissa Rocha, and Fernanda Lopez received an Ensemble Award, and Che Greeno and Sophia Pulido received the coveted All-Star Cast award.
“I think it’s incredible to see how much we’ve grown together to make it this far," said PSJA Southwest Junior Che Greeno. "I’m praying that we can advance to the next level with our group. It’s been amazing to be a part of this company and it’s been so great to grow with everybody. It’s just been an incredible experience and I’m so thankful for everything that we have.”