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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 17:46

LNC stages play that earned berth in national event

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The Lake Norman Charter School cast of That’s Not How I Remember It, which is headed to a national competition. The Lake Norman Charter School cast of That’s Not How I Remember It, which is headed to a national competition. Courtesy Lake Norman Charter School

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Area residents will have the chance to watch the top two high school play productions in the state — while helping support a local troupe’s planned participation in national theatrical competition — at a one-time performance this week in Cornelius.

The Theatre Department at Lake Norman Charter School, partnering with colleagues from the Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA) in Monroe, will present the two plays previously judged the state’s best at a special fundraiser scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 9, at Elevation LKN on Copley Drive in Cornelius. Doors open at 6 p.m., with performances set to begin at 7.

The presentation will include the Lake Norman Charter (LNC) production of That’s Not How I Remember It and the CATA production of BOAL. The plays earned top honors at the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) high school festival held last November, and both production companies earned invitations to represent North Carolina at the prestigious Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) High School Festival to be held March 1-5 in Lexington, Ky.

Thursday’s performances of the award-winning plays are designed to highlight student talent, and also raise some of the $22,000 the LNC group will need to finance the cost of travel, accommodations, registration fees, food and other expenses related to SETC participation, according to Cody Willets, LNC’s theater department leader and director of the award-winning play.

Tickets to the performances cost $10 for general admission, and $20 for lower orchestra seats. Tickets can be purchased online at lncharter.org/Page/393 and will also be available at the door. Patrons are advised to arrive early and be aware that the productions contain material that may not be appropriate for those 12 and younger.

The NCTC, one of the top high school festivals in the country and the largest in the Southeast, gave students the opportunity to obtain feedback from professionals and compete for up to $500,000 in scholarships provided by Catawba College, Greensboro College and the Barbizon Lighting Company. At the state event, the LNC and CATA productions rose to the top of competition that included 3,000 students from 90 schools.

Earning high honors there has provided the chance for advanced exposure and experience at the SETC, known for attracting a large network of theater practitioners. The event includes more than 400 workshops, design competitions, auditions and five theater festivals, including the high school showcase.

At the state competition, LNC’s group earned the Festival Spirit Award, Distinguished Play honors and Excellence in Ensemble Acting recognition for the entire cast. Individual honors were also earned by:

• Ben Sizemore, the Barbizon Outstanding Achievement in Draft and Production — Design/Directing award and a $75,000 scholarship offer from Greensboro College;

• Harry Manz, Excellence in Acting; and

• Willets, the John W. Parker Award for Excellence in Directing.

Prior to the state competition, the LNC group also earned multiple individual and ensemble honors at regional competition.

More information about the fundraiser as well as LNC’s planned participation in the SETC event can be obtained by visiting lncharter.org or contacting Sara Lay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Willets at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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