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CATA, Porter Ridge theater productions earn state recognition

CATA’s production of “For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf,” earned state recognition recently. Pictured are, from left, (seated, Leah Johnson and Dayna Hodge Lynch. (Standing) Chandria Sharpe, MaeLeisha Davis, Allison Caldwell, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Takhera Carlton and Kay Forbey.

Central Academy of Technology and Arts Performing Arts Academy brought home state honors a few weeks ago at the North Carolina Theatre Conference State Play Festival at Greensboro College.

The group performed “For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf,” by Ntozake Shange.

The production earned Excellence in Overall Production Design and the John Parker Award for Directing.

Junior Dayna Hodge Lynch received an Excellence in Acting award and sophomore Nkeki Obi-Melekwe received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting.

The show was co-directed by Larry Robinson, a theatre teacher, and Bianca Morgan, a dance teacher.

Both teachers had wanted to put on “For Colored Girls...” for quite some time.

“We both discussed the first year that the school opened that we wanted to do this piece at some point,” Robinson said.

The play will go on to represent North Carolina at the Southeastern Theatre Conference High School Play Festival in March.

Robinson said it was bedlam when the announcement was made.

“Absolutely just incredible screaming, shouting and rejoicing,” he said.

Central Academy entered two plays in the regional competition. In addition to “For Colored Girls...” they entered a play called “J.B.” by Archibald Macleish. The play won an award for Excellence in Overall Production Design and senior Hayden Bartin won an award for acting. However, “J.B.” did not advance to the state-level of competition.

This is Central Academy’s sixth year competing in the festival.

--Reprinted with permission by the Enquirer Journal.

Porter Ridge High also took some state awards. Every year the Honors Theatre III and IV students at Porter Ridge High participate in the North Carolina Theatre Conference.

This conference is held during October and November and the school competes against other high schools from around North Carolina in a one-act play competition.
The school won the following:

Excellence in Playwriting --What's Left of Us --Jordan Sullivan & Brooke Elam

Excellence in Live Music-- War at Home-- Vanesa Rada

Excellence in Acting - Female War at Home --Bryce Moore

Outstanding Achievement in Acting - Female What's Left of Us-- Brooke Elam

Excellence in Directing-- What's Left of Us --Katie White

Distinguished Play --What's Left of Us --Superior Rating

Written by: Carolyn Steeves, Enquirer Journal education reporter
Posted: Dec 07, 2011 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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