Northside wins state One Act play competition for fourth year in a row

Sun News correspondentNovember 13, 2013 

Northside High School’s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” was selected for the 2013 GHSA AAAAA state championship at the One Act play competition held at Perry High School on Saturday.

Also winning in an individual category was Brianna Roberson, a senior at Northside High, who was chosen as Best Actress in AAAAA.

“I did not know if I was good enough to win, but I knew our show was good enough to win,” Roberson said. “I have been in three other state-winning shows and knew the hard work that goes into a state champion show and was confident in my cast members.”

Roberson was referring to the fact that Northside High has won the state championship in One Act for the past four years -- meaning this year’s senior class has never not won the state championship.

“It has really been the highlight of my time at Northside,” said Roberson. “Four state championships is something that I will take everywhere I go.”

Roberson said there were plenty of parallels between her and her character, Millie, and that helped to bring Millie to life on stage.

“She is a small-town girl like me that moves to New York after high school -- just like I plan to do. So I could relate to her in a lot of ways. I found that the more of myself I put into her, the better my performance was. I tried to keep the character genuine and not think about the acting too much,” said Roberson.

Northside High has dominated the One Act competition since it was created in 1999. Prior to that, One Act was part of Literary competition. Northside High won state championships in One Act in the AAAA classification in 1999, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011; in AAAAA in 2008 and 2012.

But although Northside High has built a legacy of winning One Act, winning has yet to become ho-hum.

“The students are different every year, so that keeps it new every year,” said Brian Barnett, who has been drama director at Northside High since 1999. “The experience and reactions are different because it is a new experience for some of our kids every year.”

The play will present an encore performance 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the school’s Ray Horne Theatre for Performing Arts. Admission is $5 or five canned goods at the door to benefit a local food bank.

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