The North Carolina Theatre Conference Festival
On Nov. 2-3 Charlotte Christian’s ACT 1 Team, of which I am currently a member, had the opportunity to perform two shows at the North Carolina Theatre Festival. ACT 1 is a team devised of students 9th through 12th grades, all of which have a love and desire to perform shows for their community. This year, the team presented AIDA and Almost, Maine.
Day 1 - 7:15 a.m.
The weekend was packed full of places to be and things to do! We left Friday morning and arrived at Cracker Barrel for our team breakfast. After that, we traveled to Team Church to prepare for our show that day. We practiced AIDA in their auditorium, which we were fortunate enough to be able to use. Then, we were off to the competition at Rocky River High School.
AIDA was the very first show to perform, so we got there early enough to unload the set pieces from our trailer. The AIDA set was very elaborate consisting of an Egyptian tomb, six large boxes, and several miscellaneous props. All the props were built by our skillful set designer Mrs. Erien Booker.
Then, it was show time. We first performed AIDA. It is a show about a Nubian Princess, Aida, who becomes a slave to rescue her people out of Egypt, but in the process, falls in love with Radames, the Prince of Egypt. I played an Egyptian solider, a minister to chief Zoser, and a Nubian slave. The play was performed without a flaw, and we were commended by the judges for creating a powerful ensemble. The rest of the day we watched other school’s shows, some of which were very interesting to say the least. One show was about cat hair trying to take over the world, and another was a Seussified version of The Odyssey.
Day 2 - 3 p.m.
The second day of the festival we performed the show Almost, Maine. This comedy takes place in the territory of Almost, Maine, and follows the love stories of eight couples, and their relationships with one another. I played the character of Lendall, whose girlfriend is tired of their boring relationship and demands that he marry her. The show was praised by the adjudicators, and the crowd was on their feet by the end of the show. We had an absolute blast. After the show, we watched a few other schools perform before the awards ceremony.
The awards ceremony started after a dance party! Charlotte Christian School was given the following awards:
- Excellence in Acting for AIDA - Emma VanDeVelde
- Outstanding Student Work in Design and Production - Carson Brannock
- Best Ensemble Performance – AIDA
- Excellence in Directing for Almost, Maine – Mrs. Lori Anne Sword and Ms. Linda Booth
- Costumes for AIDA – Mrs. Connie Farrell and Mrs. Anne Putnam
- Excellence in Incidental Music for Almost, Maine - Nate Pillmore and Brad Kesling
- Distinguished Play Award – Almost, Maine
Mrs. Erien Booker was the scenic designer for Almost, Maine and AIDA and Mrs. Dale Farish designed properties for both sets. The costumes for both shows were designed by Mrs. Anne Putnam and Mrs. Connie Farrell.
By winning the Distinguished Play Award, ACT 1 will advance to the NCTC State Festival Nov. 15-16 at Greensboro College with Almost, Maine. I am so proud of the ACT 1 team, and we are truly blessed to have received this opportunity.
Colter Corish (’15)
Wednesday November, 7, 2012 at 03:05PM
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