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OJC Press Release ID: 3030


Monday, May 4, 2020

Theatrical Competition Winners for the 64th Otero Arts Festival Announced

 

The 64th Otero Arts Festival is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Theatrical Competition. Debbie Phillips, coordinator for the event, explained that recent developments limiting large group gatherings created a challenge for organizers to figure out a way to comply with the restrictions while giving students the opportunity for recognition and scholarships.

“The Otero Arts Festival has been an important artistic and cultural event for our area schools for 64 years. It showcases the amazing talent our young students have and we felt that we had to find a way to continue this tradition of recognizing talent, as well as awarding some outstanding scholarships to award winner,” explained Phillips.

Theatrical Competition entries submitted their performances via video. Monologue and Group Short Scenes followed the same guidelines for content, props and time limits as listed on the rules and guidelines.
Monologues: Works performed by one person only. No other actors will be permitted on stage, even if they are silent in the performance. Monologues will be limited to a maximum of 5 minutes.
Group Short Scenes: Selections can be from any genre. Group teams must have at least 2 and no more than 6 performers, and be a maximum of 8 minutes in duration.

All students interested in drama and theater were encouraged to enter. Students did not have to be currently participating in drama at their schools.

The Otero Arts Festival Theatrical competition featured area students’ grades 7-12 who have shared they love for drama and creativity. The awards ceremony this year to honor these talented thespians was not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Winners’ awards and ribbons will be sent to their school for distribution to the students.

64th Otero Arts Festival Theatrical 2020 Winners

OJC Theatrical Scholarship
Hannah Smith, Shadow of my Mind, Monologue and Mary Queen of Scots, Group Short Scene, La Junta High School, instructor Kelly Jo Smith

Best Group Short Scene
Mary Queen of Scots performed by Hannah Smith and Willow Johnson, La Junta High School, instructor Kelly Jo Smith

Best Actors
Hannah Smith, Shadow of my Mind, monologue and Mary Queen of Scots, Group Short Scene, La Junta High School, instructor Kelley Jo Smith
Austin Kurtz, Wasted Talent, monologue, La Junta High School, instructor Kelly Jo Smith

Judge’s Choice Best Performance
Willow Johnston, Mary Queen of Scots, Group Short Scene, The Missing Piece, monologue, La Junta High School, instructor Kelley Jo Smith

Special Award Emerging Actor
Natalie Ortiz, What Andy Warhol Never Told Me, monologue, La Junta High School, instructor Kelly Jo Smith.

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The Theatrical Scholarship was awarded to Hannah Smith for her performances in Shadow of my Mind, a monologue and Mary Queen of Scots, a group short scene at the 64th Otero Arts Festival. Hannah will be a graduate of La Junta High School and her instructor is Ms. Kelly Jo Smith.







 

 

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