2018-19 UMDC Award Winners 

URSA MINOR AWARD

Best Performance by an Underclassman — Female

Maddie Robinson
Mary Anne Rowen, Kentucky Cycle: Fire in the Hole

Best Performance by an Underclassman — Male

Luke Hill
Crank, Snow Angel

SHINING STAR AWARD

Outstanding Female Student in a Supporting Role

Peyton DiVirgilio
The Witch, Big Fish

Outstanding Male Student in a Supporting Role

Brian Nicholson
The Player, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

TWINKLING STAR AWARD

Outstanding Female Student in a Cameo Role

Alexandra Walls
Ensemble, Kentucky Cycle:  Fire in the Hole

Outstanding Male Student in a Cameo Role 

Aaron Sterling 
Alfred, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

URSA MAJOR AWARD

Best Female Musical Performance

Alexandra Walls
Sandra Bloom, Big Fish

Best Male Musical Performance

Janson Hanes 
Edward Bloom, Big Fish 

DANCING WITH THE STARS AWARD

Outstanding Female Student in Choreography/Movement 

Alyssa Martinez
Big Fish

Outstanding Male Student in Choreography/Movement

Jackson Nichols
Vaudeville Follies, Little Shop of Horrors

HUBBLE AWARD

Outstanding Student-Direction of a Play or Musical

Calla Bentsen & Alyssa Martinez
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead 

NORTH STAR AWARD

Representing the BEST of URSA Major Theatrics

Camryn Cobb 

Luke Hill 

Nathan Schutt

 

REGULUS AWARD

Outstanding Student in a Leadership Role 

Brian Nicholson 
Company Captain, Kentucky Cycle:  Fire in the Hole

ALPHA CENTAURI - BINARY STAR 

Outstanding Student Excelling On & Off Stage 

Anthony Barrios 

BLUE SUBDWARF  

Technical Theatre Star

Benji Gusler 

URSA MAJOR AWARD

HUBBLE AWARD

Outstanding Student-Direction of a Play or Musical

Calla Bentsen & Alyssa Martinez
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead 

NORTH STAR AWARD

Representing the BEST of URSA Major Theatrics

Camryn Cobb 

Luke Hill 

Nathan Schutt

 

REGULUS AWARD

Outstanding Student in a Leadership Role 

Brian Nicholson 
Company Captain, Kentucky Cycle:  Fire in the Hole

ALPHA CENTAURI - BINARY STAR 

Outstanding Student Excelling On & Off Stage 

Anthony Barrios 

BLUE SUBDWARF  

Technical Theatre Star

Benji Gusler 

Best Actor

Jack Moore  
Juror #3, Abe Steinman, Hamlet

Twelve Angry Jurors, Kentucky Cycle, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern 

BTABC OFFICERS

President - Kelly Thompson 

Vice President - Sarah Crawford 

Secretary - Shani Bentsen 

Treasurer - Bonnie Cate

UIL One-Act Play:  Kentucky Cycle: Fire in the Hole (2019)

Ursa Major Theatrics received the following awards in it's 2019 UIL One-Act Play Season:

  • Advanced from Zone:
    • All-Star Cast: Maddie Robinson, Brian Nicholson, Jack Moore​

    • Honorable Mention All-Star Cast: Calla Bentsen, Jett Thompson

    • Outstanding Technician: Benji Gusler

  • District Contest (Alternate)

    • All-Star Cast: Jack Moore​

    • Honorable Mention All-Star Cast: Calla Bentsen

    • Outstanding Technician: Sarah Costigan

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UIL Theatrical Design: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (2019)

Ursa Major Theatrics qualified these individuals in the following categories:
 

  • Advanced to State Competition

    • Costume Design: Karla Bernal

    • Costume Design: Antonia Horenburg

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Texas Thespians Festival (2018)

Students from Ursa Major Theatrics attended the Texas Thespians Festival on Nov 14-17 in Grapevine, TX. The following students qualified to continue to nationals at the International Thespian Festival in June 2019 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE.

  • Costume Design - Brianna Gutierrez  & Makayla Nyc

  • Monologue Acting - Acadia Bradley

  • Solo Musical - Macennah Crawford, Janson Hanes & Alexandra Walls

  • Group Acting - Calla Bentsen, Benji Gusler, Luke Hill, Lexie Hoover, Alexis Hunt, Matt Leazer, Reed MacLeod, Braden Murray, Jett Thompson & Sam West

  • Group Musical - Jocsan Betancourt, Abigail Cate, Maya Credeur, Peyton Divirgilio, Krystal Elliston, Paige Garner, Grace Heenan, Elisa Mato, Taylor McGuirt, Jack Parker, Maddie Robinson & Daniel Whaley