The Alice High School Drama Club is advancing to district with their One Act Play on Thursday, April 2 after weeks of preparation and hard work.

“The students worked really hard, but we weren't sure if they would advance,” said Drama Club sponsor and teacher Darleen Totten. “All our hard work paid off.”

Junior Carlo Manriquis got his role as Edgar Allen Poe, three weeks prior to competition. He was awarded honorable mention all star cast.

“Carlo had only three weeks to learn his part,” Totten said.

Shonea Gonzalez was awarded the best techi, Hailey Farias received the all star cast award and Esai Cordova was awarded the honorable mention all star cast.

The cast is made up of hyperactive and happy high school students who performed Maelstrom.

The competition will be in Gregory Portland and the club goes on stage at 4:45 p.m.

Maelstrom may be the hallucination of the dying Edgar Allan Poe, delirious in his last moments. A fast paced and surreal mixture of incidents from his life and work, real people like his wife Virginia, Longfellow, the actors Junius Brutus Booth and Edwin Forrest, and the murder victim Mary Rogers mix with the Red Death, the Raven, Hop Frog, and an Ourang-Outang to create a unique theatrical adventure that is horrifying and funny.