Theatre group brings back honors from conference


The Rocky Mount High School Theatre Arts Department performed “Little Women” from Nov. 16-18 in the Black Box Theatre at the school.


From Contributed Reports

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Theatre Arts Department at Rocky Mount High School has much to celebrate as they bring home honors from the 2017 North Carolina Theatre Conference High School Play Festival at Washington High School.

The theatre program, led by Kristin Lundberg, made the school and community proud with their presentation of “Little Women” at the High School Play Festival and is thrilled to bring home the Excellence in Acting award, which was awarded to Jayna Uricchio.

Rocky Mount High School presented the full public production of “Little Women” from Nov. 16-18 at the high school.

For over 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 was named one of the “Top High School Theatre Festivals” by Stage Directions Magazine, is the largest high school theater event in the Southeast and has been replicated in nine other states. This year, 3,000 students from 93 schools performed 126 plays.

Each fall, professional theatres, colleges and high schools host eight regional festivals across the state. The top two outstanding productions from each of the regional sites advanced to the NCTC State High School Play Festival at Greensboro College. Winners there go on to represent North Carolina at the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s annual convention, which will be in Mobile, Ala., in 2018.

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-foot by 10-foot 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 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.