Northside High School has won the AAAAAA state championship in One Act in the Georgia High School Association’s annual competition.
With its performance of “Nevermore, The Imaginary and Mysterious Life of Edgar Allan Poe,” Northside has won the state One Act title nine times in the past 10 years.
“I think it has to do a lot with the kids we choose,” Northside High School drama director Brian Barnett said.
“We make it very clear up front the level of dedication and commitment that we require. We have high expectations and they never fail to meet those high expectations. Our kids are willing to commit the time to reach the level of performance we expect.
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With the 2016 win, Barnett has won 10 state championships in One Act, tying the legendary Ray Horne’s record and bringing the total One-Act championships that Northside has won to 20.
“A lot of the stuff we do, are things that I learned from Mr. Horne,” said Barnett, who as a student at Northside performed in several of Horne’s productions. “He just had a way, being around him you learned a lot of what kids need to hear to succeed.”
“Nevermore, The Imaginary and Mysterious Life of Edgar Allan Poe” was a departure for Northside and something that Barnett said the school had never done before.
“Competition has gotten so stiff at state, you have to be willing to take a risk. This was not a traditional, big sparkly musical like we normally do. But this show fit into the group of kids we have, a very interesting talented group of young people,” Barnett said.
Northside, which claimed its latest win Nov. 12, is planning an encore performance in January for the public.
Houston County was well represented at the state level. Because Houston County schools now cover three state classifications, Northside, Warner Robins and Perry all won their respective regions and continued on to state competition.
During region competitions, area schools and students were chosen for awards and the privilege to represent their schools in the All Star Cast.
Students chosen for the All Star cast include:
From Northside High School – region champions; All-Star cast: Aleece Bustamante, Terrance Shelton, Holden Mathison and Savion Gates.
From Perry High School — region champions; All-Star cast: Carter Shelton and Chandler Evans; region awards for best set, best costumes and best supporting actress, Jessica Arreguin.
From Veterans High School — region runner-up; All-Star cast: Garrett Wurdeman and Hunter Nash; region awards for best actress, Cailyn Rushin, and best supporting actress, Emily Bodony.
From Warner Robins High School — region champions; All-Star cast: Nia Robinson and Tristan Terry; region awards for best actor, Gideon Strickland, and best supporting actor, Llonatan Savala.
From Houston County High School — All-Star cast: Jack Harmon, Adonis Gibson and Grace Eilertson.