Parents of cast and crew of the one act play team at Waxahachie High School have organized a send-off party and the entire community is invited.

“We’re inviting everyone to come out and send our kids to UIL state competition,” Diane Szymczak said, noting this is the first time in school history that the squad has advanced to the state level.

Szymczak said parents plan to bring balloons and handmade posters for the rally.

“I made cookies to go on the vans with the kids to Austin,” she said.

“State bound! Here we go!” Sheila McGlothen cheered.

“We’re going to give them (students) a nice, big send off from the high school parking lot at about 4 p.m.,” she said, suggesting well wishers show up at about 3:45 p.m. this afternoon.

“We’re very proud of our students. They’re history makers here,” she said.

The play that the team performs is “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” by Tom Stoppard, a tragicomedy that expands upon the exploits of two minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

The 23-member cast and crew, lead by WISD drama director Andy Reynolds and assistant director Ryan Mullican, advanced to state after winning at area earlier this month.

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