Sharyland High School Theatre Department Sets New Standards of Excellence

Sharyland High School Theatre Department Sets New Standards of Excellence
Posted on 01/25/2018
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Sharyland High School Theatre Department 
Sets New Standards of Excellence

Setting records and raising the expectation bar is what Sharyland High School Theatre does best.  Last year the school advanced to Area UIL One Act Play competition.  This school year for the first time in school history and the history of Sharyland ISD, an acting troupe of thirteen students attended and competed at the annual Texas Thespian Convention in Grapevine, Texas.  The four day trip was fully funded by box office ticket sales from theatre productions.

In order to qualify for this unique experience actors and actresses must maintain good academic standing and must be active members of Thespian Troupe #8296.  Additional eligibility was determined by their cumulative involvement in SHS Theatre Department.  Students are awarded merits based on their involvement and participation.  The more they participate the more points they accumulate over time.

Sharyland High School Troupe #8296 was one of only three schools from the Rio Grande Valley to attend the contest and the only valley school to have a National Qualifier.  Anastacio Gutierrez, a senior from Sharyland Advanced Academy, qualified for the national convention in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Anastacio received a superior rating in the Individual Event -Two Contrasting Monologues.
 Xavier Felix was awarded an all-star cast invitation as an outstanding improvisation performer. He and his team made it to the top eight schools in comedy improvisation out of a pool of 64 teams.  What makes these accomplishments truly outstanding is that there were nearly eight thousand high school students from all over the state of Texas.

Sharyland High School Troupe #8296 began a new legacy in uncharted territory and looks to continue their quest for excellence for years to come at the state and national level.  The theatre department is lead by teacher, director, and UIL coach Christopher Fernandez.  Mr. Fernandez has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California.