The weekend of Feb. 20, the Buford High School Theatre Program competed in the GHSA State One-Act competition. We would like to congratulate the Wolf Pack Players on winning the 6A state championship with their performance of the show “Bright Star.”
The championship marks Buford’s third straight state title and fourth championship in five years, as the school won in 2016, 2018, 2019 and now in 2020-21. This year was Buford’s first time competing in the 6A division, and the Wolf Pack Players dominated in their debut.
The one-act play competition is an opportunity for programs to display their talents as they adapt a show to fit specific time and performance restraints. This means whole sections of shows have to be condensed and changes have to be precisely perfected to shorten the show. When programs go to compete, they get one shot to perform in front of three judges who then score the show, and the program with the best score wins the title. There are also individual awards that are given for Best Actor and Best Actress, as well as Best Supporting Actor and Actress, Best Ensemble and All Star Cast.
The 6A state one-act championships were held at Veterans High School on Feb. 20. The championships were moved from the fall to the spring due to the pandemic and to allow for safety protocols. Buford competed against seven other schools in its division, edging out Cambridge High School and Houston County for the title. In addition to winning the state championship, Buford’s own Asher Thornton was honored with the Best Actor award and Mara Eva Cline received the All Star Cast award for the 6A division for their outstanding performances.
The complications of the pandemic were a huge obstacle for the Wolf Pack Players this season. Masks, contact tracing and social distancing all added to the stresses of preparing for the competition this year. Despite these setbacks, the cast and crew persevered through the obstacles, and their hard work paid off for them and all of BHS, as the Wolves have added yet another championship to the trophy locker this year.
The past year has been tough for students in the performing arts, but the importance of moments like these are not lost to the pandemic.
Congratulations to the BHS theatre program as all of the students’ hard work and dedication to excellence and performance triumphed over the obstacles of the pandemic. We are so proud of you all! Go Wolves!