• Graham High School actors got within the top eight overall in the state UIL competition held on April 13, and actor Jessica Burgess was awarded the 4A Samuel French Award. Contributed photo by Michael Carmichael

OAP showcases skills at state

The journey to state for the Graham High School UIL One Act Play team brought them good experiences and a prestigious award that showed their skills above all other 4A districts in Texas.
Graham made it within the top eight at the competition with their performance of “Wit” by  American playwright Margaret Edson. Junior Jessica Burgess portraying Dr. Vivian Bearing, a university professor of English dying of ovarian cancer, won the Samuel French Award which is the highest award for an actress in UIL.
“It’s been incredibly rewarding. Every step of the way has been a blessing and more than anything this cast has been my blessing and my director has been the greatest gift of all. They have been so supportive through all of it and even from the beginning when we were cutting 2 inches of hair off each week,” Burgess said. “The physical and emotional tolls of the play, they have been there through it all.”
Edson used her work experience in a hospital as part of the inspiration for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize winning drama.

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