We always have fun in the crisp air of late October on the beautiful campus of The University of the Pacific in Stockton. While college students parade around in their costumes for Saturday night Halloween parties, our group of thirteen competed late into the night Saturday and into the afternoon on Sunday.
The results were good. Elannah De La O '20 had the tournament of her life earning two trophies on Novice Duo and in Novice Thematic Interp. The latter is a new event for SA, and a promising one. Elannah wove five different texts together including lyrics by Los Lobos, Reyna Grande, Ramon Resa, and Jimmy Santiago. Her piece conveys what it is like to be Mexican American. While Elannah was registered in Novice, her rounds were collapsed with Varsity, with whom she was holding her own, earning third place in all of her rounds. Elannah's partner in Duo was Christian Hernandez '20 who matched her strong performances with his talent as an actor. Christian is also performing a Dramatic Interpretation of a moving short story entitled, "Flowers for Algernon," about a mentally handicapped man who undergoes surgery to become more intelligent.
Ellie Ramos '21 was doubled in Duo and in Dramatic Interpretation. As a Varsity competitor she made it to the final rounds with her piece, "Hello Herman," a timely drama about school shootings. Her partner in Duo, Veronica Aranda '21, was also doubled in Dramatic Interpretation.
This weekend we saw the debut of a much talked about Duo Interpretation of Beowulf, translated by the Irish poet, Seamus Heaney. The dynamic pair, Byron Spars '19 and Alejandro Tonda '19 are back, and they are shocking audiences again with even older language. For their piece they are switching between Anglo Saxon and modern English, and, though they have many things to iron out, they are already receiving some very positive feedback.
Emma Hartley '20 and Anika McCarthy-Belash '20 had a second strong weekend in a row. Last week they won at James Logan in Novice Duo, and this past weekend they made it to final rounds with their piece, "The Court Jester," which is a Monty-Pythonesque drama about a royal court, a poison pill, and a jester named Giacomo, a name that is pronounced a thousand different ways over the course of the piece.
Casey McKay '19 and Ari Tamar-Mattis '19 braved the competitive preliminary rounds in Varsity Duo, but didn't quite make it to finals, as was the case for Tyler Duchynski '20 in Varsity Impromptu. Gavin Patchet '19 broke to semis in Varsity Impromptu, adding facts and figures he is learning in African Studies to vast repertoire of knowledge from which he draws for his performances.
Derek Huynh '20 has proved his breaking at the first league tournament was no fluke by making it to the final round in Oratorical Interpretation.
All in all it was another strong showing at UOP. Monday found us all very exhausted, but also very satisfied. The team celebrated with a Karaoke Party at practice on Monday, arranged and led by captains Byron, Casey, and Gavin.
We want to thank Chris Huynh and Ana Keller for tirelessly judging Saturday and Sunday. They were true troopers!
Our next event will be the second league tournament, held at Sonoma Valley High School on December 1. Keep a look out for an announcement about our Winter Showcase!