SPMS Theatre Students Earn Multiple Drama Awards | SPUSD Snapshot

PHOTO: SPMS | South Pasadenan.com News | From left: Eighth grade students Olivia Sakai, Ella Chang, and Heather Galt won first place in the Female Playwright scene category at the 2022 DTASC Fall Festival.

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On November 5, 2022, the Drama Teachers’ Association of Southern California (DTASC) held its annual fall competition. Each year, South Pasadena Middle School (SPMS) Advanced Theatre Arts & Intermediate Drama students participate in the festival. This was the first in-person festival since 2019. 


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SPMS earned a large number of awards this year leading them to a second place victory in the Sweepstakes Category. Congratulations to the following students who made the finals and won awards during the competition and to their Drama teacher Myra Maracine:


1st Place – Female Playwright 

(8th grade students: Ella Chang, Heather Galt, Olivia Sakai). With this 1st place finish, these student winners performed their scene in front of everyone at the competition’s awards ceremony.


1st Place – Graphics/Publicity 

(7th grade students: Nate Acton, Oz Englender, Caitlyn Kim, Jane Kistner, Milla Mdnor)


1st Place – Set Design 

(8th grade students: Charlie Egan, Dylan Jones, Vasilina Voloshin)


2nd Place – Large Group Drama 

(7th grade students: Natalia Avila, Zachary Mockler, James Mortimer-Lamb, Apolline Tsai, Sophia Vyas, Ronda Williams)


2nd Place – Oscar Best Picture Nominee 

(7th grade students: Caden Ahn, August Jaeger, Max Mobley, Owen Finney)


4th Place – LGBTQ+ playwright 

(8th grade students: Sasha Levie, Raine Murphy, Avery Pistello, Ares White)


4th Place – Costume Design 

(8th grade students: Charis Park, Cadence Woo)


Honorable Mention – Large Group Comedy 

(8th grade students: Liliana Kazachki, JC Lopez, Rhianon McCree, Pike Schrader, Titus Strongin, Adeline Woo)