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Canongate Catholic High School in Fletcher and Hendersonville High School are headed to the North Carolina Theatre Conference competition at Greensboro College next weekend after winning top honors at the western regional NCTC Play Festival at Gardner Webb University Nov. 4-5.
Local people can see both plays on Monday night in a preview performance on Monday night at HHS. In preparation for the upcoming festival, the young actors will perform the plays at the HHS auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.
Canongate’s theatre program, led by director Jennifer Murrey, won a Superior rating and the Judges’ Choice award for Distinguished Play for “The Crane Wife,” a traditional Japanese folk tale. Murrey won an Excellence in Directing award and senior Quinn Kelsch was honored for Excellence in Acting. Additionally, Canongate, which opened in 2013, won a Festival Spirit Award and Excellence in Set & Properties honors.
Led by Todd Weakley, Hendersonville High School's theatre program won a Superior Rating, Distinguished Play, Outstanding Achievement in Ensemble Acting, Excellence in Directing, and Excellence in Design and Production for the performance of of "Nine Forty Six Post Meridiem."
Canongate and HHS and 13 other high schools will complete in the NCTC High School Play Festival for top state honors.
The NCTC High School Play Festival, 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 nine other states. This year, 3,000 students from 90 schools performed 126 plays.