North Carolina Theatre Conference
Camp Lejeune, NC | November 6, 2013
Lejeune High School’s Theatre Department made the school and community proud by bringing home honors from the 2013 NCTC High School Play Festival, held at Washington High School on November 2. The theatre program, led by Steven Barker presented Radium Girls at the Festival, and was presented with the following awards: excellence in ensemble and outstanding in costume
Each fall, the North Carolina Theatre Conference presents the High School Play Festival at 8 regional sites across the state. In 2013, more than 3,000 students from 94 schools are participating in the statewide event, presenting 128 plays. 16 shows advance from these regionals to perform at the NCTC State High School Play Festival, November 21-22 at Greensboro College. The Festival brings curriculum to life, honors dedicated teachers and their schools’ commitment to arts education, and contributes to the development of future audiences for live performing arts. The Festival also encourages excellence in theatre arts programs and challenges students to do their best work. At each exciting event, students travel with theatrical sets and load-in to their host site’s backstage area, in a space that is only 10′x10′. Students wait with eager anticipation to hear the starting phrase, “Your time begins NOW!” Each school has just 45 minutes to present their play and then leave the stage completely clear. Following their performance, students receive feedback from professional actors and directors. When not performing, students watch performances from other schools, learn from their peers and make new theatre friends.
The NCTC High School Play Festival is made possible by support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, UNC School of the Arts’ School of Design and Production, Wells Fargo, Lincoln Financial Group, The Beattie Foundation, the North Carolina Community Foundations of Beaufort-Hyde, Moore and Watauga Counties, and Barbizon Lighting Company.
The North Carolina Theatre Conference has served as the leader of the statewide theatre industry since 1970, working to strengthen and support theatres, schools, students and artists with professional development events, education programs and advocacy efforts. The organization produces several events throughout the year including the NCTC Producing Gathering, NCTC College Discovery Day and statewide 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.