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Lambert High School theater students named state champions at One Act competition
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The Acting Troupe of Lambert won first place at the Region 7A State One Act competition, taking home the state championship for Lambert for the third time. Photos courtesy of Marcigliano Photography

Lambert High School theater students performed in the Region 7A State One Act competition Saturday, Nov. 19, taking home the state championship.

“I still don’t believe it,” said Ryan Wason, the Acting Troupe of Lambert’s director. “We’ve had a really challenging year this year, so for the students in our program to be in this position, it’s really just kind of mind-boggling. We never expected to have this happen.”

The cast stole away the show with their production of “Tuck Everlasting,” performing at the state level for what Wason said was the fourth time. They also competed in the State One Act in 2012 and placed first with “Fiddler on the Roof” in 2018 and with “She Loves Me” in 2019.

This year, Lambert students also received individual awards with Madeline Hansen winning overall Best Actress and Carly Candebat and Roger Wang winning All Star Cast awards.

“The shows that were presented at both the region and our state event were very, very good,” Wason said. “And so for us to be able to be recognized as being the best show in both the region and the state is just — it’s really wonderful.”

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Lambert freshman Madeline Hansen won overall Best Actress for her performance in "Tuck Everlasting" at the Region 7A State One Act competition. Photos courtesy of Marcigliano Photography

After reviewing judges’ feedback at both their regional and state competitions, Wason explained each judge rated Lambert’s production as the top overall show.

“Our big mantra is to just tell the best story that we can, and we feel really fortunate that the judges felt that our story was the best,” he said.

But Wason believes none of the troupe's success this year would have been possible without support from school administration, students and their parents.

The Acting Troupe at Lambert also has several community performances planned throughout the rest of the school year, including their production of Elf the Musical, Jr. showing in the school’s auditorium Dec. 8-10.

They will also be competing again in March with their production of “The Secret Garden” as part of the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards.

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