Eight STJ Actors Headed for State Competition
On Nov. 1-2 eight Saint James School Performing Arts Department members competed at the District Walter Trumbauer Festival held at Opelika High School. All eight received superior rankings and now continue to the State Trumbauer Theater Festival on Dec. 6-7 at Troy University.
The event provides quality training and performance opportunities for Alabama theatre students at the secondary level, consisting of 28 individual events, a one act play festival, and a studio theatre festival. These educational opportunities are provided for ninth through twelfth grades.
Students qualify for the state competition by earning a rating of “superior” at one of six district festivals. At all levels of competition, students receive critiques from qualified teachers and theatre practitioners, allowing them to improve their theatrical skills.
The Saint James students are Joe Taylor, Zach Jeffcoat, Hayden Ergenbright, Blake Sanders, Mary Villageois, Caitlin Hicks, Emma Colson, and Catherine Bradwell.
The state festival kicks off with a scholarship audition session on Thursday evening. High school seniors and junior college students compete for three $1000 American College Theatre Scholarships.