Skyview High School earns best play at Stageworks festival

Vancouver drama club awarded four times at Longview theatre ceremony

VANCOUVER — Student thespians from Skyview High School swept the awards during the 2019 One-Act Play Festival hosted by Stageworks Northwest Theatre.

The drama club won four times, for Best Play, Best Performer, Best Supporting Performer, and Best Student Director. The club was then able to perform for two nights at the Stageworks theater in Longview.

Skyview Drama Club student winners at the Stageworks Northwest Theatre 2019 One-Act Play Festival. From left to right, actress Josephine Young, director Megan Bilyeu and actor Sam Sparkman. Photo courtesy of Kerry Jeffery
Skyview Drama Club student winners at the Stageworks Northwest Theatre 2019 One-Act Play Festival. From left to right, actress Josephine Young, director Megan Bilyeu and actor Sam Sparkman. Photo courtesy of Kerry Jeffery

Skyview drama earned awards for their production of “The Universal Language” by David Ives. The play centers on two people learning a made-up language.

The first character comes to a “school” to learn Unamunda, (the strange new language with pieces from english, german and other romance languages), from the teacher. The teacher is actually scamming his pupils though, by selling them lessons on the fraudulent made-up language.  

In spite of this, the characters actually learn to love the humorous language and even appear to fall in love, but not before welcoming the next student.

Skyview drama club performed the play last year, with students Sam Sparkman and Josephine Young starring and Megan Bilyeu directing.

“I’m so proud of these students and all that they have accomplished this year,” said Skyview theater teacher, Kerry Jeffery, in an email. “This is the first time we’ve participated in a competition, and I have so much admiration for the work that these students have done.”

For more information on upcoming Skyview drama club performances, or on the group itself, visit the Skyview High School news page, or Skyview Drama Club on Facebook.

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