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Porter Ridge High School among top 16 schools to advance to the 2014 NCTC State High School Play Festival

Cast and crew of "Don't Forget The Ladies"

November 12, 2014 – The Theatre Department at Porter Ridge High School has much to celebrate, as they bring home honors from the 2014 NCTC High School Play Festival, held at Gardner Web University on November 7th and 8th. The theatre program, led by Jessica Briggs, made the school and community proud with their presentation of Don’t Forget the Ladies at the Festival, and was chosen to advance to the 2014 NCTC State High School Play Festival at Greensboro College!

The theatre department is thrilled to bring home the following awards: Excellence in Set Design, Barbizon Lighting Award for Excellence in Student Design and Production – Jillian Lieberman, Stage Manager Barbizon Lighting Award for Excellence in Student Design and Production – Erika Irizarry, Lighting/Technical Design, Barbizon Lighting Award for Outstanding Achievement in Student Design and Production – Kirsten Smitherman, Dramaturgy, Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble Acting, Excellence in Directing – Jessica Briggs, Distinguished Play. “Don’t Forget the Ladies” – Rating: Superior.

For more than 30 years, the NCTC High School Play Festival has strengthened arts education in schools by bringing curriculum to life, challenging students to do their very best work, and contributing to the development of future audiences for live performing arts. The program is the largest high school theatre event in the Southeast, with more than 3,000 students from 91 schools performing 128 plays this year.

Each fall, professional theatres, colleges and high schools across the state host a regional Festival, and the top 2 outstanding productions from each of the 8 sites advance to the NCTC State High School Play Festival, November 20-21 at Greensboro College. Winners there go on to represent the state of NC at the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s annual convention.

The atmosphere at the Play Festival is positive and exciting, and students are filled with energy as they watch shows, learn from their peers and make new theatre friends. Schools travel with theatrical sets and load-in to a 10’x10’ backstage area. Before their 45 minute time limit begins, students eagerly await hearing the starting phrase, “Your time begins NOW!”, to which they respond with an enthusiastic reply.

The 45 minute time limit includes setting up, performing the play and clearing the stage. Following their performance, students join their peers in the cheering audience to receive feedback from professional actors and directors with Broadway and Hollywood credits. Actors,  designers, writers, directors and teachers are celebrated, and bring home awards that are displayed beside school sports trophies.


Written by: NCTC Press Release
Posted: Nov 17, 2014 by Regina Snelson

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