Rider theatre advances to UIL area competition

This year the Rider theater advanced to area for the UIL one-act plays with their play “The Anatomy of Grey,” where the two lead roles won awards for  their performances.
“It kind of took us by surprise,” senior Taylor Jackson said. “Everyone cried, even Mr.Jefferson. It made a big impact on us.”
Theater has not advanced to area in eight years making this year an even bigger deal to those in theater.
“We had a week less than usual,” Jackson said. “It was really stressful, especially for Sarah [Harmer] because she had the lead role.”
“The Anatomy of Grey” is about a Christian community that has a disease that is thought to be spread by the main character, when in reality is being spread through the water.
“It’s a play that revolves around religion versus science,” junior John Coleman said.
Junior Sarah Harmer won an award for best actress.
“I was surprised,” Harmer said. “It was one of the proudest moments I’ve had since being in Rider theater.”
Coleman, who has only been in theater since January 2011 won an All-Star cast award.
“I thought it was a joke,” Coleman said.
Now that UIL is over, the Rider theater will  be putting on Student-Directed One Act plays, and they will be put on April 14 and 15. The cost for the tickets are $4 for students and $5 for adults.