It’s not your typical high school drama |

It’s not your typical high school drama

Courtesy photo Truckee's Jen Ward receives a gold medal for her original monologue at the Lenaea Festival last month.

Tahoe Truckee High School brought big talent to the stage at this year’s 50th Lenaea Festival, a three-day event of theatric presentations and educational drama workshops held at California State University at Sacramento on Jan. 2729.This year more than 1,200 high school students from nearly 70 schools performed hundreds of one-act plays, monologues, and duo scenes at that were judged and critiqued by a panel of respondents. Fourteen Truckee High students were along for the ride and returned home with some coveted awards.

“You learn from watching others’ performances and hearing their responses,” said junior Jen Ward. “I learned a lot (at Lenaea) about getting a character into the moment.”Ward received a gold medal for her original monologue, “Confessions,” about a girl who is visited by the arch angel and must apologize about the horrible sins she has committed against her grandmother in order to win at a bowling tournament.

“It was my first time performing alone, and I learned quite a lot from that,” Ward said.Senior Chelsea Hess also brought home a gold medal for her monologue performance, junior Colton Long and sophomore Shelby Lewis received a most improved for their duo scene, and senior Diana Oropeza received an honorable mention for the Spirit of Lenaea award for her direction of “Old Times,” a one-act ply written by Harold Pinter.

History of LenaeaInspired by the Lenaea Festival of Ancient Greece, Dr. Carl Thomas, then Chair of the Sacramento State College’s Department of Theatre, initiated this program in 1955. His desire was to establish an event that would support and encourage high school students with an interest in theater. Over the years, Lenaea grew into a multi-programmed event with recognition not only for one act productions but audition pieces as well.

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