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Hoggard and Laney Students Excel at Southeastern Theatre Festival

Recently, high school drama students participated in the Southeastern District regional festival of the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC). Hoggard High School’s drama team earned the Audience Choice award for Distinguished Play and will represent NHCS as one of the top two plays from the region in the state finals, which will be held November 16-17, 2017, in Greensboro.

Other winners at the Southeastern Regional Festival include:

Mackenzie Boone (Hoggard) - Excellence in Stage Management
Casey Burton (Hoggard) - Outstanding Achievement in Acting
Michael Costagliola (Laney) - Excellence in Acting
Sage Kohlstedt (Hoggard) - Excellence in Acting and Excellence in Student Directing
Amelia Loudermilk (Hoggard) - Excellence in Acting
Damecco Mahatha (Hoggard )- Excellence in Acting
Garrett Smith (Laney) - Excellence in Acting
Natalie Williamson (Laney) - Outstanding Achievement in Acting

Excellence in Ensemble Acting: Hoggard’s cast of “The Chronicles of Jane Book Seven”
Excellence in Stage Make-up -Laney Tech class
Excellence in Design and Production Costuming- Laney Tech class

The winning drama programs are led by drama teachers Daniel Holland (Laney), Steve Wood (Laney) and Allison Collins (Hoggard).

The NCTC High School Play Festival showcases the talent of more than 3,000 students from 100+ schools, in nearly 130 productions. Schools from all across the state come together to share their talents and celebrate their collective achievements. The program was named one of the “Top High School Theatre Festivals” by Stage Directions Magazine, is the largest high school theatre event in the Southeast, and has been replicated in 9 other states.

The basic premise of the festival is that schools load-in their set into a backstage area that is approximately 10’x10′, before taking the stage to perform their play. Students have 45 minutes to tell their story and leave the stage completely clear. Following their performance, students receive verbal and written feedback from industry experts. When not performing, students watch performances from other schools, learn from their peers and make new theatre friends.

At the end of the festival, awards will be presented at a ceremony celebrating the achievements of all participants. For more information, visit, or contact Jacki Booth at (910) 254-4290.

Hoggard Drama Students perfomr in the NC Theatre Festival Hoggard Drama students qualified for state performances
Laney students win acting awards at NC Theatre Festival. Laney students win awards for makeup and design at NC Theatre Festival

Posted: 11/15/17