MILTON, Ga. — Milton Theatre will have to make some room in its already expansive trophy case. A week after winning a region title for their production of “Ripcord,” Milton captured the GHSA one-act play state championship on Nov. 4.
The comedy follows the story of Abby, played by Laura Sidwell, a crabby elderly woman who resides in a sought-after room on the upper floor of an assisted-living facility. When Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, played by Mary Caroline Owens, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary.
Jackson Fuchs plays the residential aid who attempts to mediate the conflict, but an agreement is made at a haunted house between the women that makes his job even more difficult. Abby and Marilyn agree that whoever can scare the other will earn the prime room all to themselves.
That bet quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.
The production beat out seven other 7A schools at the state championships, held at Houston County High in Warner Robins.
In addition to the state title, Mary Caroline Owens was named best leading actress. She also earned the distinction at the region competition.
Fuchs was named best supporting actor and Sidwell and Autumn Bristow were given “All-Star” awards at region.
The state championship delivered what director Larry Smith described as a special production.
“This was an extra-ordinary cast with which to work,” he said. “We have never laughed so much as a group during a rehearsal process. The cast of newcomers and seasoned actors gelled quickly, and I think this was apparent in how their character relationships played out on stage.”
Sidwell shared that same sentiment.
“It was a really fun performance,” Sidwell said. “The whole process was fantastic. We had a lot of new people in the production but we developed into a tight-knit cast.”
Owens said she was happy to see the troupe’s hard work pay off with the state title.
And everyone agreed that credit goes to Smith for his direction.