Saturday, April 22, 2006

The Curtain Closes

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This picture was taken on Baffin Bay in Loyola Beach, Texas. We were in the area to attend the UIL Region One-Act Play Contest that my son, Matt was in. He played the role of Henry David Thoreau in The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail. You couldn't have asked for a better performance from the whole cast. And, I have to say I think it was Matt's finest performance ever. He had me crying during the flogging scene and the also the scene where he recounts the death of his brother. This is the third time I've seen this play, but it still got to me. I think it touched everyone. After all the schools had performed, we felt Needville had a good shot at advancing to the state competition, but the judge chose two other plays instead. Needville was selected to be the alternate play, which means if one of the other schools cannot compete, Needville will take their place. This rarely happens though. I'm not sure it's ever happened at the state level. In happier news, three actors from our play were chosen for awards. Matt was one of them, receiving a medal for All-Star Cast. Congratulations son, you are amazing! I'm really hoping that an encore performance can be scheduled for our community. I would love to see this play again. It's that good!


  1. Tracy,
    Sounds like a very rewarding trip. Congrats to Matt and his fellow actors! Thank you for your prayers!

  2. beautiful picture. Congratulations to your son. :)

  3. what a beautiful pixture.. and congrats matt!!!!!

  4. Wow Tracy what a wonderful feeling to see your son act in the play and do so well. He must be very talented. Your story of being in tears reminds me of when my younger sister played Maria in West Side Story. It was a high school play but I'm telling you these kids had big time talent (it was a private school). When it got to the end in the last scene when she was threatening to kill herself I completely lost it and could hardly sit up in my seat I was crying so much - and I was in the first row two seats from the aisle where the scene was played out with a big white spotlight on her. She WAS Maria. It was incredibly emotional - I really feel that same thing from your description of Matt's play. Congratulations to Matt and to you. :)


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