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Kodiak High School Drama Club ShakesBears Rises to the Top at the Anchorage South High School Drama, Debate, and Forensics Tournament


This weekend, Jan. 25-26, the KHS Drama Club ShakesBears, coached by Jared Griffin, made another dramatic statement at a large Drama, Debate, and Forensics (DDF) tournament in Anchorage, placing in multiple events, and outperforming 11 other Anchorage and southcentral schools in drama categories.


In their second tournament this year, Kodiak sent 12 actors in 5 different events to the tournament.


South HS DDF tournament results:


1st place: Acacia Birbilas for Solo Acting

1st place: Felix and Acacia  for Duet Acting

1st place: Felix Lewis for Humorous Interp

2nd place: Kodiak ShakesBears for Reader’s Theatre (Bradly Cobban, Team Captain)

3rd place: Derek Rocheleau for Dramatic Interp

4th place: Brooke Apitz for Humorous Interp

4th place: Maryssa Abston and Ella Spence for Duet Acting

5th place: Wetherleigh Griffin for Dramatic Interp

7th place: Julianna Jones for Solo Acting 


Kodiak ShakesBears won just as many acting awards as South HS and West HS, a three-way tie for best performing team in drama categories. The ShakesBears were able to accomplish this with a much smaller team than most other schools.


Kodiak ShakesBears also won more 1st place awards in acting events than any other school, and they placed in every event they entered.


Over the course of their first two tournaments, the ShakeBears have won:


Eight 1st place prizes

Four 2nd place prizes

Two 3rd place prizes

Three 4th place prizes

One 5th place prize


Additionally, at the South HS tournament several ShakesBears qualified to represent Kodiak HS at the State competition in February:


In Readers Theatre, the ShakesBears Team, captained by Bradly Cobban; Acacia Birbilas and Julianna Jones in Solo Acting; Maryssa Abston and Ellanora Spence in Duet Acting; Derek Rocheleau and Wetherleigh Griffin in Dramatic Interpretation; Felix Lewis and Brooke Apitz in Humorous Interpretation.


The ShakesBears plan to follow up on their success and compete at more tournaments in Anchorage. They will be holding theatre-related fundraisers to help support their travel.