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Lydia Ward and Liam McCarty win All-Star Cast at MTA 2018

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Ward and McCarty at the 2017 MTA Festival

Ward and McCarty at the 2017 MTA Festival

Ward and McCarty at the 2017 MTA Festival

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Lydia Ward and Liam McCarty both won All-Star Cast at the Mississippi Theatre Association’s 2018 festival. Ward and McCarty both represented Oak Grove High School in the production of A Twist of The Blade, written by OGHS director Suzanne Allmon. The show centered around a circus and included the use of magic to impress the audience and judges.  The competition group also won an award for having “The Best Use of Practical Effects.”

Ward’s role of Edna, a woman who is mega-strong, brought in her first All-Star Cast award.

“I was so excited to win,” said Ward. “It was really unexpected and I felt like all my hard work had finally all paid off.”

It is true that hard-work did the trick; the group had extensive rehearsals and put great effort into every show.

Liam McCarty is no stranger to the All-Star Cast award, having won it a few times prior. He played the character Vlad, a Russian knife-thrower.

“It was great, I couldn’t have done it without the help I got from my directors and friends,” said McCarty.

Because the OGHS competition group spent heaps of time together, it is no surprise that they became each other’s support throughout the duration of each show.

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