Three SSHS UIL Theatrical Design Students Compete at State Last Weekend
SSHS Theatre Technical Director Desi Pharis took three students to UIL Theatrical Design competition this part weekend. Senior Belinda Flores and senior Hagen Hunt competed in set design and freshman AllieGrace Woodard was in hair and makeup design. Ms. Pharis said Flores is responsible for the local interest in the competition. She said Flores was new to theater when she was placed in a technical theater class her freshmen year. Ms. Pharis said Flores thought of getting out of it but decided to stick around. Over time, the student said theater became something she felt drawn to. Flores finished fourth in the UIL contest her sophomore year. Ms. Pharis said that success caused other students to become interested. The UIL also has categories for costuming and marketing. Ms. Pharis said a UIL judge visited last week to study the students’ projects. The students also had 90-seconds to explain why they designed what they did. Ms. Pharis said none of the three got a top six ranking to earn a medal. She said despite the students not receiving a chunk of medal, they remain #1 in her book. Ms. Pharis said the students spent nine months working on their projects. She said students are already working to compete in the competition next school year.