Nineteen high schools participated in the N.C. Theatre Conference High School Play Festival at Rocky River High School and Childrens Theatre of Charlotte Nov. 2-3, and 67 additional schools participated in regional play festivals statewide. The top two productions from each of the nine regional sites advanced to the state high school play festival, Nov. 15-16 at Greensboro College.
Among the Observer-area students receiving special recognition during the performances Nov. 2-3: Alison Saum of Ardrey Kell, Carson Brannock of Charlotte Christian, Emily Gilbert of Kings Mountain, outstanding achievement in student design and production; Kenzi Smith and Cameron Piper of Concord, Casey Roberge of Hopewell, Justin Chapman of Kings Mountain, Jasmine Overbaugh of Mallard Creek, Mekhai Lee and Eva Noblezada of Northwest School of the Arts, outstanding achievement in acting; Hopewell, Lake Norman and Rocky River teams for outstanding achievement in ensemble acting. Taylor Rogers and Jack Pearson of Kings Mountain won a Theatre Arts Award. Jacob Skrutowski of Cuthbertson and Bridget Woodward of Myers Park won Emerging Artist Awards.
Advancing area schools and shows include:
Butler, "The Cop and The Anthem.
Central Academy of Technology and Arts, "The Crane Wife.
Charlotte Christian, "Almost, Maine.
Concord, "The Universal Language."
Cuthbertson, "Dark of the Moon."
Kings Mountain, "Down Came the Rain."
Northwest Cabarrus, "The Yellow Boat."
Northwest School of the Arts, "Romeo and Juliet, Rehearsed.
Shelby, "The Plays the Thing."