The Commerce High School theater department put on a rousing show and came away with a good result in the area round of the UIL One-Act Play competition earlier this month.
CHS’ One-Act group participated in the Conference 3A Region II Area Meet held in Longview on April 6. This was after having already advanced past the district and bi-district levels.
CHS performed well, garnering “alternate” designation to advance to the regional meet. With the top three schools advancing, this effectively put Commerce in fourth place at area.
Tiger Theatre put on a performance of scenes from “The Elephant Man,” written by Bernard Pomerance and premiered for the first time in 1977. The play follows the life of John Merrick, a Londoner in the English Victorian era who suffered from severe bodily disfigurement due to a disease. Merrick is part of a traveling sideshow and is treated horribly by his bosses, but manages to escape that life with the help of a sympathetic doctor who helps him with treatment and letting him live a normal life.
CHS theater teacher Karri Anderson said that it was difficult to find an actor to play the lead role, and that there were many highly technical aspects of the show, but she says that the actors handled the experience well.
“They worked so hard on it,” Anderson said. “They put everything into it that they could.”
For their performance, CHS received several accolades. Stage Manager Marely Garcia received the Outstanding Tech award, Austin White received an Honorable Mention for his portrayal of Ross, and Daniel Angel and Rockney Reid were given All-Star Cast honors for their portrayals of John Merrick and FredericlkTreves, respectively.
CHS will show their production of “The Elephant Man” to the general public for free on April 18 at the high school at 7 p.m.