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2/7/2013 5:09:00 PM
Seven Academy students place in acting competition
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Back: Claire Martin, Avital Balwit and Bridget Summit. Front: Charlotte Karlsen, Megan Magsarili and Maia Watkins.  
St. Mary's Academy photo
Back: Claire Martin, Avital Balwit and Bridget Summit. Front: Charlotte Karlsen, Megan Magsarili and Maia Watkins.  


Seven St. Mary’s Academy students, all Portland residents, placed in the 2013 Mount Hood Conference Acting Competition. Two were finalists, and five received honorable mention.

St. Mary’s two finalists, senior Bridget Summit and freshman Charlotte Karlsen, performed a duo scene and finished in the top 10 percent. Summit and Karlsen worked their age difference to their advantage when performing a scene from the play “Proof” by David Auburn, in which two sisters whose father recently died get into an argument.

“It was rewarding to be able to work with actors in different grade levels and to be able to portray deep emotional characters,” said Summit, 18, who played the older sister trying to convince her younger sibling (Karlsen) to move to New York with her. “We both worked hard getting in touch emotionally with our characters.”

Karlsen, 15, found the experience rewarding, too.

“It was my first time in an acting competition. I was happy to work with Bridget and build a relationship with her,” she said.

Two pairs of St. Mary’s students finished in the top 20 percent in the duo category. They are Claire Martin with Maia Watkins and Makenzie Spiller with Megan Magsarili. Freshman Avital Balwit received honorable mention for her solo performance.

In all, 17 St. Mary’s students took part in the competition, which drew approximately 300 participants from six schools.

“This year’s competition was fantastic," said Shannon More, St. Mary’s Academy theater director. "We had a great representation from St. Mary’s, one of our largest groups yet, and they all did extremely well. My students continue to impress me with their talent and dedication.”



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