Valdosta Daily Times

December 12, 2013

VMS Players earn superior rating

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Valdosta Middle School Players earned a superior rating recently during state one-act competition.

Under the direction of Toni Jarvis, VMS Players earned the rating for the presentation of playwright Max Bush’s “Ezigbo, The Spirit Child.”

Playing the show’s title role, student Laila Aleem was named best actress in the state.

“Through her acting, (Laila) showed a great range of emotion from the loving and caring mother to the heart-wrenching grief of losing a child,” Jarvis said.

Students Taren Bethea, Caitlin Herring, Savannah Foppe and Kaylee McCutchen were named superlatives for their roles on stage.

“Kaylee told the entire story of the show in the Igbo language and greatly impressed the judges,” Jarvis said. “The trio, Taren, Caitlin and Savannah, showed the perfect form of the river who spoke to both Ezigbo and her mother in comfort and in warning.”

VMS Players productions return next year with the spring musical.