The 64th Otero Arts Festival is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Theatrical Competition. Debbie Phillips, coordinator for the event, explained that recent developments limiting large group gatherings created a challenge for organizers to figure out a way to comply with the restrictions while giving students the opportunity for recognition and scholarships.

"The Otero Arts Festival has been an important artistic and cultural event for our area schools for 64 years. It showcases the amazing talent our young students have and we felt that we had to find a way to continue this tradition of recognizing talent, as well as awarding some outstanding scholarships to award winners," explained Phillips.

Theatrical Competition entries submitted their performances via video. Monologue and Group Short Scenes followed the same guidelines for content, props and time limits as listed on the rules and guidelines.

Monologues: Works performed by one person only. No other actors will be permitted on stage, even if they are silent in the performance. Monologues will be limited to a maximum of five minutes.

Group Short Scenes: Selections can be from any genre. Group teams must have at least two and no more than six performers, and be a maximum of eight minutes in duration.

All students in drama and theater were encouraged to enter. Students did not have to be currently participating in drama at their schools.

The Otero Arts Festival competition featured area students' grades 7-12 who have shared their love for drama and creativity. The awards ceremony this year to honor these talented thespians was not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Winners' awards and ribbons will be sent to their school for distribution to the students.

64th Otero Arts Festival Theatrical 2020 winners

OJC Theatrical Scholarship

Hannah Smith, Shadow of my Mind Monologue, and Mary Queen of Scots, Group Short Scene, La Junta High School, instructor Kelly Jo Smith.

Best Group Short Scene

Mary queen of Scots by Hannah Smith and Willow Johnson, La Junta High School, instructor Kelly Jo Smith.

Best Actors

Hannah Smith, Shadow of My Mind, monologue, and Mary Queen of Scots, Group Short Scene, La Junta High School, instructor Kelly Jo Smith,

Austin Kurtz, Wasted Talent, monologue, La Junta High School, instructor Kelly Jo Smith.

Judge's Choice Best Performance

Willow Johnson, Mary Queen of Scots, Group Short Scene. The Missing Piece, monologue, La Junta High School, instructor Kelly Jo Smith.

Special Award Emerging Actor

Natalie Ortiz, What Andy Warhol Never Told Me, monologue, La Junta High School, instructor Kelly Jo Smith.