James River High School will be hosting the VHSL Region C Theatre Festival on Saturday, November 17th. There will be seven short plays performed that day in James River’s auditorium. Participating in the festival are high school drama teams from Bland, Floyd, Galax, George Wythe, Giles, Northwood and James River.
Welcome and announcements will begin at 8:45 AM and the first play will start at 9:00 AM. Four plays will be presented before the lunch break and three plays will be performed in the afternoon. Plays being performed are: “Canterbury Tales”, “Check Please”, “Look Me In The Eye”, “Wind of a Thousand Tales”, “Gruesome Playground Injuries”, “These Shining Lives” and “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. Please note however, that once a play has started, people that arrive late will not be allowed to enter the auditorium until the current play in performance is complete. This is done to minimize distractions for the actors. No admission will be charged for the event.
Plays will be judged based on Acting (50%), Directing (30%) and Ensemble Effect (20%). The play’s set, costumes, lighting and special effects are not judged. Four VHSL approved theatre judges from different areas of Virginia will take on the difficult task of judging seven very different plays to determine which drama teams do the best job with the play they selected. All plays must be performed in 35 minutes or less in order to qualify for advancing to the state theatre festival and all cast and crew members must be VHSL qualified students.
At the conclusion of the day after tabulation is complete, the first and second place plays will be announced. Only the first place and second place teams will advance to the VHSL State Theatre Festival in Charlottesville on December 4th.
The public is encouraged to come out and support the event where many talented young adults will amaze you with their talents.
Submitted by Cathy Henderson 11/12/2012