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WHS Recognized at 2011 NCTC High School Play Festival
Weddington High School has returned home from Winston Salem, NC following a successful appearance at the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) High School Play Festival. The theatre program, led by theatre director Maria Moore presented The Diviners by Jim Leonard Jr. and was honored to be recognized with the following awards: Honorable Mention Distinguished Play, Excellence in Sound, lights and stage management, Excellence in Acting (Brandon Fillette) and an overall rating of Superior.
Involved in the production were Emma Gutt, Drew Goins , Carson Rich, Conor Osepchuk , Morgan Somers, Caroline Bailey , Natalie Carney , Emily Holland , Katelyn Burrell, Brandon Fillette , Teylor Jenkins , Brooke Stemple , Kevin Reid , Maria Polizzi and Madison Grover. Mrs. Drew Heid, English teacher, accompanied the trip as a chaperone.
The group of students that attended are members of the International Thespian Society (ITS) which is an Honors Theatre society promoting excellence in theatre. Students are invited to join ITS after the theatre student shows dedication towards educational theatre and has earned enough points to join.
Each fall, more than 2,000 students from approximately 90 schools across the state participate in the NCTC High School Play Festival. The festival is an opportunity for students at NCTC member schools to showcase their work, learn from others, make new theatre friends and celebrate their achievements. Schools present 45 minute plays and receive valuable feedback from industry experts. The event functions both as a showcase and as a means of assessing and improving the standards of theatre arts programs in the state.
NCTC Executive Director Angie Hays had this to say about the 2011 festival, â€œWe congratulate all of the participants on their hard work and accomplishments as they pursue excellence in secondary theatre in the state of North Carolina. The 2011 festival was one of the most impressive yet and we thank all of the teachers and students for their participation and dedication!â€
Written by: Maria Moore, Theater teacher
Posted: Nov 17, 2011 by Cheryl Edwards