TTHS drama students score awards at Lenaea festival |

TTHS drama students score awards at Lenaea festival

A group of Tahoe-Truckee High School drama students stole the show at this year’s Lenaea Festival in Sacramento.

The annual festival, hosted by Sacramento State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, is a three-day event featuring performances by students from more than 65 West Coast high schools.

This year’s included 144 duets, 288 monologues and 50 one-act plays. Awards were given to outstanding performances in a variety of categories, and this year, TTHS took home an armload.

“It was so exciting for them,” said Jan Polochko, TTHS librarian and active member of the school’s drama program. “Most schools had 20 or more students representing them at the festival, but we only had eight, so to do this well and win this many awards was really amazing.”

TTHS entries included a one-act play, “Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?” performed by Richard Hess and Sophia Sophusson, monologues by Natasha Heckendorn and Eli Hansen, and duets by Ben Gaunt, Lindsey Hines, Joe Raso and Melody Hauser.

Hess won the “ultimate gold medal” for his performance in a one-act, while “Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?” won one of six “superior production” awards.

“Our students also won one of three ‘synergy awards,’ which were meant to applaud how well students worked together,” Polochko said.

Polochko also said that student teacher Meara Retallack, director of TTHS’s one-act play, needed to be recognized for the time and energy she spent working with the students on these plays.

“She really went above and beyond the call of duty,” Polochko said.

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