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Gold-Burg ISD sends first ever team to UIL State Meet

STONEBURG, Texas (KFDX/KJTL) — A small school north of Bowie is making their first trip to state in any team extracurricular.

Gold-Burg ISD has never been to state in any fashion, but the one-act play made the cut, and those students have a chance to take home the school’s first state championship next week.

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Drive straight south from Ringgold until you come across the town of Stoneburg. If you blink, you’ll miss Gold-Burg School on the left side of the road.

Their one-act play team will travel to Austin soon for the UIL One-Act Play State Meet on Sunday.

Director and longtime drama teacher Linda Fitzner hopes their rendition of “Interview” by Jean-Claude van Itallie, will be enough to bring home the gold.

“I have every individual playing parts as their characters. But behind that mask and that smile of life, sometimes we’re hiding what’s behind all that happiness,” Fitzner said. “And to me they’re reaching out. They’re reaching out in various ways for help.”

Gold-Burg has been close to making State before, but never quite got over the hump until this year.

Fitzner believes this year’s talent can win it all. Even Izzabella Rohde, the lone eighth grader on the team, knows Gold-Burg has a shot.

“It means a lot to me because I know Ms. Fitzner believes in me and I try to believe in myself. And I honestly do think that I have potential, too,” Rohde said. “Like, I have a dream to be on Broadway. I think I can do it.”

It’s not only the cast members feeling the excitement of the trip to Austin either.

Lighting technician Aidan Foster is a senior and is ready for all the emotions coming with his last production as a Fighting Bear.

“It’s exciting for sure. You know, especially being with the same people throughout the last four years,” ,” Foster said. “And you finally get to say you’re going to state with them and it can be emotional but it’s also just exciting.”

For freshman Barrett Allen, he’s not only looking forward to the trip to Austin this year, but also the potential trips coming up in his next three years as well.

“I’m a freshman. I have three more years and three more opportunities to go to State and our upcoming class for this next year, it’s like, I think is going to be even better than what we have now,” Allen said.

The Gold-Burg cast and crew leave for Austin this weekend but have a send-off with the whole school on Friday.

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Gold-Burg isn’t the only school bringing a play to state. Benjamin is bringing their rendition of “The Ballad of Maria Marten.”

The state competition in Austin runs from the May 13 through 18 and Gold-Burg and Benjamin will perform in sessions one and two.

For more information on the schedule and location of the state one act competition, view the UIL State Meet information.

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