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CCS High Schools Honored at NCTC Play Festival

CCS High Schools Honored at NCTC Play Festival 11/19/2018


The Northwest Cabarrus High School theater department has much to celebrate, as they bring home honors from the 2018 NCTC High School Play Festival. The theatre program, led by Ms. Andy Rassler, made the school and community proud with their presentation of The Queen’s ServANTS at the Festival, and is thrilled to bring home the following awards: Excellence in Ensemble, Excellence in Acting (Nick Isley and Macy Skaggs), Excellence in Directing (Andy Rassler), Outstanding Technical Costume Design (Blanca Murillo), a Superior Rating, and the Judges’ Choice Distinguished Play Award. The Northwest Cabarrus Theatre Ensemble is one of only two groups from our region that were selected to participate in the NCTC State Festival on November 15th and 16th. The NCTC State Festival is affectionately known as the “State Football Championship for Theatre.” The top two rated performances will move on to the National Competition at the Southeastern Theater Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee later this year. 


A number of additional Cabarrus County Schools high schools were recognized for excellence at the NCTC Regional level as well. The Jay M. Robinson Theatre Ensemble was recognized for Excellence in Stage Management (Krista Sechler), Excellence in Student Directing (Brendan Mangan), Excellence in Design (JMRHS Technical Theatre Class), Excellence in Acting (Jude Kilumbu), Excellence in Directing (Annie Boger), and the Judges Choice Award for Live Music in a show for their production of Elephant’s Graveyard. The Concord High School Theatre Ensemble was recognized for Excellence in the Use of Lighting, Excellence in Design, Production, and Stage Management (Max McKercher), Excellence in Acting (Kayla Cornett), the Festival Spirit Award, and an overall rating of Superior for their production of The Internet is a Distract…Oh Look a Kitten! The Cox Mill High School Theatre Ensemble was recognized for Excellence in Acapella Singing and also received the Festival Spirit Award for their rendition of 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview. Hickory Ridge High School had two performing theatre ensembles who received Excellent ratings for their productions of Veneer, and Love’s Last Kiddash.  Awards for Excellence in Design and Production (James Hornburg), Excellence in Choreography, Excellence in Technical Crew, and the Festival Spirit Award were also presented to Hickory Ridge. 


Congratulations to these aspiring thespians and their directors!