Nov 29, 2012 - From staff reportsIt serves as the state culminating event for high school drama.
The Wyoming State Drama Festival began Thursday when high school students from throughout the state arrived at Central Wyoming College in Riverton for the competitive event.
The festival, which takes place at different community colleges on a revolving basis, is organized by the Wyoming Educators of Secondary Theatre. It serves as the state culminating event for high school drama.
All high schools are eligible to participate -- an unusual aspect of the event according to WAC member Camellia El-Antably, who plans to attend the competition in Riverton.
"Approximately 35 high schools participate," El-Antably wrote on the WAC website. CWC's Robert A. Peck Arts Center "will be overrun with students putting on makeup, rehearsing, watching performances or viewing technical entries."
El-Antably's description was accurate -- dozens of school buses were parked outside of the Robert A. Peck Arts Center, having dropped off hundreds of high school students who were busy Thursday morning preparing for their competitions.
El-Antably said the event also is unique because schools and students may compete in all areas of performance and theater technology, with categories ranging from reader's theatre and original scripts to makeup, scenic design and costume.
Professional judges from regional colleges and theater groups critique the students during the contest, which will last through Saturday's awards ceremony and performances which begin at 4:30 p.m.
Riverton High School students are scheduled for group performance art at 8 p.m. Thursday. On Friday RHS will compete six times, beginning with dramatic duets at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., followed by comedy monologues at 4:30 p.m. and comedy duets at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Arena acting will be judged at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Students from Dubois High School will present comedy monologues at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Central Wyoming College's production of "The Magdalen Whitewash" will be performed Saturday for the festival students.
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