About PHS Theatre
payson high school THEATRE DEPARTMENT
ACCOLADES & COMPETITIONS
Payson High School Theatre Department participates in multiple region, state, and international competitions. All conferences, festivals, and competitions are beneficial events offering students a chance to build their theatre portfolios. Academic and social skills are emphasized offering students additional scholarships and future employment opportunities.
2019 SUU Shakespeare Competition: Oxford Division
1st Place Monologue: Hannah Bibler
4th Place Ensemble Scene: Shakespeare's Murderesses in Cell Block Tango
5th Place Monologue: Aeva McLauchlin
9th Place overall
2019 International Thespian Festival
PHS represented the state of Utah at the International Thespian Festival with their one-act play Women & Wallace. Performing to a sold out audience and receiving a standing ovation was a gratifying ending for all the students' hard work! Students also competed in musical theatre and monologue events with William Wood receiving a straight superior medal.
2019 UT 4A State Competition
1st Place Musical Theatre: Natalie Edwards
1st Place Classical Scenes: Hannah Bibler & Mikaeli Ringle
2nd Place Dramatic Monologue: Kaitlyn Sharp
2019 Region Competition
1st Place Dramatic Monologue: Kaitlyn Sharp
2nd Place Pantomime: Stephen Johnson
4th Place Overall
2019 Utah Theatre Association
Awarded Scholarship for Technical Theatre: Clara Beddoes
2018 SUU Shakespeare Competition
1st Place Tech Olympics Lights: River Sprague
1st Place Choral Small Group Division
4th Place Tie in the Oxford Division Overall
THEATRE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & EDUCATOR
Rock White has been teaching theatre for over 20 years. Rock has a bachelor's degree from Weber State University in Musical Theatre Composite and a professional teaching license in Theatre, Speech, and English. He obtained his Master's Degree in Education from Southern Utah University. Besides teaching, he also loves performing professionally when he can. As a member of the Professional Actors Union: Equity, he has performed with Salt Lake Acting Company, Grande Theatre, and Utah Musical Theatre. His favorite roles include Smudge in Forever Plaid, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, The Wolf in Into the Woods, and Leonard in Pirated!. He’s recorded professionally an album with Janeen Brady and most recently on a Kenneth Copeland album: Son of Man.
Thespian Troupe 1025
Payson High School has a rich legacy with the International Thespian Society. PHS Theatre offers lifetime membership into this club providing many networking and scholarship opportunities.