Gaston Christian School Celebrates Participation in the 2022 NCTC High School Play Festival!
November 1, 2022 – The Theatre Department at Gaston Christian School is celebrating its recognition in the 2022 NCTC High School Play Festival. The theatre program, led by Heidi Brack, presented A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play at the Festival, and is bringing home the following awards: Excellence in Stage Management (Maddie Tongson), Excellence in Foley Artistry (Sammari Tate and Nick Welfare), and an overall rating of Superior.
This year, over 2,000 students from 87 schools are performing 112 plays at 7 regional sites. The top 16 productions are invited to perform at the NCTC State High School Play Festival, November 17-18 at Greensboro College.
Participating schools travel to their regional Festival sites with theatrical sets, costumes, and props. Each show loads into a 10’x10’ backstage area. When their time comes, schools have 45 minutes to set up, perform the play, and clear the stage. Following their performance, students receive feedback from professional actors and directors with Broadway and Hollywood credits. Awards are given for acting, design, technical craft, ensemble work, and festival spirit.
“We continue to celebrate a spirit of community at the Play Festival, giving students an enriching environment to learn from each other and celebrate each other’s work. Young artists leave feeling accomplished, energized, and inspired,” said NCTC Executive Director Angie Hays.
For over 50 years, the NCTC High School Play Festival has strengthened arts education in schools by bringing the curriculum to life, challenging students to do their very best work, and contributing to the development of future audiences for the performing arts. The program was named one of the “Top High School Theatre Festivals” by Stage Directions Magazine. It is the largest high school theatre event in the Southeast.
The NCTC High School Play Festival is made possible with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; Church Interiors Audio and Video; Lincoln Financial Group; and the Moore County Community Foundation.
About the North Carolina Theatre Conference
The mission of NCTC is to strengthen North Carolina’s vibrant theatre industry and engage tomorrow’s artists, audiences, and advocates. NCTC has served as the leader of the statewide theatre industry since 1970, and produces several events throughout the year, including the NCTC Producing Gathering, NCTC College Day, the NCTC Theatre Admin Intensive, the NCTC Awards, and statewide NCTC Middle School and High School Play Festivals.
For more information on NCTC, please contact Executive Director Angie Hays at 336-369-1984 or visit www.nctc.org.