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CATA, PRHS theater students take state play festival by storm

Theater students from Central Academy of Technology and Art take a moment for a quick photo. (Below) Students are pictured from the Porter Ridge High School's Honors Theater III and Honors Theater IV students.

Theater students from Central Academy of Technology and Art will be taking their award-winning stage performances to the Southeastern Theater Competition, competing with theater groups from 10 other states for top titles.

The CATA students competed on Nov. 21, 2013, along with theater students from Porter Ridge High School, at the North Carolina Theater Competition (NCTC) in Greensboro.

Both schools were recognized at the NCTC for outstanding performances.

Thirty-four theater students represented Porter Ridge High School, coming from the school's Honors Theater III and Honors Theater IV students.

CATA was one of two North Carolina schools chosen, however, to advance to the next level for their performance of “The Parchman Hour,” which was the audience's choice for Distinguished Play.

"We were just absolutely ecstatic," said CATA theater teacher Larry Robinson. “The kids were beside themselves."

CATA students will now represent North Carolina at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Mobile, Ala. the first week of March, along with Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte.

In addition to the Distinguished Play award, the CATA performance also earned the following awards: Chapin Silberquit earned an Excellence in Projection Design; Elijah Inuwa and David Moberg earned an Excellence in Music Design; Nkeki Obi-Melekwe earned an Excellence in Acting award, and Samantha Jackson was named as the female recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Acting award.

This is the second time in three years that CATA's production has advanced to the Southeastern Theatre Conference and last year's performance of The Crane Wife was runner-up at the state competition.

Porter Ridge theater students were recognized for: 
Excellence in Direction – Claire Ave’Lallemant, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly";
Excellence in Student Design & Production – Claire Ave’Lallemant, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly”; and Excellence in Ensemble Acting – “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.”
 

Written by: CATA Media Specialist Deb Christensen and UCPS Communications Coordinator Deb Bledsoe
Posted: Dec 18, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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