In addition to a superior rating, the O’Neal Players also were awarded Excellence in Production Concept as well as a Festival Spirit Award. Sixth-grade student Adrian Rodriguez was recognized for Excellence in Design and Production Props. Eighth-grade student Harper Hairston was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Design and Production Sound. Eighth-grade students Callie McHarney and Clara Coman were awarded Excellence in Acting. Sixth-grade students Adrian Rodriguez and Natalia Henderson and seventh-grade students Addie Tauch and Mason Wicks were recognized for Excellence in Design and Production Running Crew.
Director David Lussier proudly states, “Once again the performing arts kids at O’Neal have impressed us all with their talent and determination to produce a wonderful piece of storytelling.”
The story takes place when 14-year-old Joe gets grounded for the summer for blowing up his sister’s Barbie with black cat firecrackers and his only friend breaks him out in the middle of the night for an adventure of a lifetime.
Members of the cast are: Callie McHarney, Abby Bager, Hannah Wilcox, Clara Coman, Tanner Kennedy, Marley Pace, Julia Gamez, and Isla Riggsbee
Members of the crew are: Kenney Hardee, Covey Gibbons, Addy Tauch, Maddie Wicks, Adrian Rodriguez, Mason Wicks, and Natalia Henderson
This year, nearly 500 students from 15 schools are performing 18 plays at 2 regional sites across the state.
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, each school has 45 minutes to set up, perform their 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.
The NCTC Middle School Play Festival is made possible with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Performance Photos by Wendy Hodges