Melissa Middle School theater students participated in the 2018 UIL One Act Play Competition on Saturday with their play, “The Diary of Anne Frank”, and earned the first place trophy for the first time in school history.


Melissa Middle School received second place with “The Great Pandemonium” in 2017 and “The Ash Girl” in 2016.


Louise Hickey directs the MMS Performing Arts program. This year’s One Act Play featured a number of seasoned actors, having performed in school competitions for the last 2-3 years.


“After two years of back-to-back second places, it was pretty special to see this cast take first place at contest.” – Louise Hickey, Director of MMS Performing Arts


Hickey added, “Performing ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ was a growth opportunity for our students. Not only did they learn more about the evils of the Holocaust, they were also challenged to grow their acting craft by tackling serious roles.”


The team worked under the stage management of Riley Thornburg and Makenna Worsham-Bowen. Stella Rose played the title role of Anne Frank. Dax Laber played Anne’s father, while Kyah Wells played Anne’s mother. Korben Poole played the role of Peter.


The production featured actors Andrew Baxley, Tyler Mathieson, Ella Nye, Tucker Phillips, Maddie Pickett, Kathryn Rose, and Hudson Ross in prominent roles. Technicians included Hayden Mauer and Bailey Thornburg. Alley Bartlett was part of the costume team.


On top of the championship win this year, actors Stella Rose and Kyah Wells, along with technician Bailey Thornburg, were named All Star Cast. Ella Nye was named All Star Honorable Mention.