Orange Beach’s Evie Rosa Butler Wins 2nd State Theater Competition –

Orange Beach’s Evie Rosa Butler wins the 2nd State Theater Competition

Evie Rosa Butler, a junior at Orange Beach High School, achieves the state title—twice. A two-time All Star cheerleader has won a state title twice in a row. And it wasn’t for cheerleading.
Evie Rosa competed at the Walter Trumbauer State Theater Festival and defied all odds. She won 1st place in two consecutive state competitions in the same category. As a freshman, she competed against fifty girls from across the state in the contemporary monologue event.
Her title was the first state champion for the newly formed Orange Beach High School, where she served as a variety cheerleader. Covid-19 halted the competition last school year, but in the 2021-22 competition Evie Rosa returned to the same category at a higher level, competing against fifty students – girls and boys – and once again winning 1st place in this highly competitive event in the state . Veterans of the competition could not recall a time in over twenty years when a student had won first place in the monologue event two years in a row.
Two months after her first state win, Evie Rosa attended the Alabama Thespian Festival in Birmingham, where her role in the school’s one-act competition won her award for Best Actress at the statewide festival. Evie Rosa also received an excellent rating for her monologues and received an application to the International Thespian Festival at the University of Indiana this summer.
In March, Evie Rosa attended the Southeastern Theater Conference in Memphis, where she auditioned for seventy colleges, universities and conservatories. She received an unprecedented 37 recalls from these schools, with numerous offers of admission to scholarships and programs.
When asked about her plans, Evie replied: “An actress. But do you know that a lot of people don’t understand this and talk to me about a “plan B”. I don’t need a backup plan. Acting for stage and film was already my dream when I was in kindergarten. I’m grateful to have two supportive parents who recognize the importance of being able to make my own way – to fulfill my purpose.”
Evie Rosa played the role of Elsa Schraeder, love interest of Captain von Trapp in the recent school production of The Sound of Music. “It’s a great role for me as a dramatic actress. It’s the only role where I don’t have to sing and can focus on playing a dramatic role in the middle of a musical,” she said.
Aside from acting, Evie Rosa was the school’s first homecoming queen in 2019. She has been a college cheerleader for three years and was just selected to lead the roster for her senior year as co-captain. As a freshman, she was the 2020-21 SGA President and Junior Class President. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Model Mako 2020, Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Peer Helpers and Junior Leadership. “I think that participating in arts and athletics while working hard academically makes you a more well-rounded student who is ready for life. It’s also very important to be involved in your community as well,” said Evie Rosa, who has a 4.0 grade point average.
For Evie Rosa, theater is a family affair. Her father, Darren Butler, is the director of fine arts and drama teacher at Orange Beach Middle/High School. “I knew Evie Rosa was talented when she was very young. She always had this presence around her. I never wanted to push her to the theater because I loved it. She always knew it was her choice. She just fell in love with the whole process. It was great to see her receive this recognition. People in the industry see their talent and potential the same way I do.”

Leave a Comment