The Kodiak High School drama team will be defending multiple state titles today, Friday and Saturday in a streamed state championship.
Last year, the Kodiak High School Shakesbears won the state Drama and state Forensics championships, and they are looking to defend those crowns.
Coach Jared Griffin said the team is hoping to capitalize on this year’s deep group of seniors.
“We have an extremely strong team this year, just as strong as last year’s,” he said.
“The big issue is that about two-thirds of our team this year are graduating seniors … so we’re going to try to take advantage of it.”
Acacia Birbilas will be defending her national-qualifying title in Dramatic Interpretation, and her state title in Duo Interpretation with new partner Alli Hartt. Birbilas is currently ranked number one in the state.
Maryssa Abston will be defending her Solo Acting state title as well.
Seniors Hartt and Krista Simpler will both be competing for the Humorous Interpretation title, which Kodiak has won for the past two years in a row.
Two readers theater teams will also be trying to defend their state title in Readers Theater.
This year, performances will be livestreamed from Kodiak to judges elsewhere. They will not, however, be open to the public.
Griffin said that the new format hasn’t changed preparation too much. There was a bit more emphasis on acting for a camera rather than a live audience.
“But for the most part, 97% of it was just practicing as usual, as if you’re performing for a live audience,” he said.
Right now, Griffin said, Kodiak is in a three-way tie for second place in the state, alongside Skagway and South High School in Anchorage. Eagle River is first.
Updates will be posted to the Kodiak High School Drama Facebook page.