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Theater students put on ‘Best Play’ in Southeast

Lafayette theater students

SCAPA theater students from Lafayette High School won “Best Play” honors at the 2020 Southeastern Theatre Conference convention, along with awards for Overall Technical Excellence and Spirit of the Festival. According to Lafayette theater teacher Amie Kisling, this is only the second time in 71 years that Kentucky has won “Best Play” and the first time a Fayette County school has placed. The spirit award, given by the festival organizers and stage crew, recognizes the school with the most outstanding community, collaboration, professionalism, and “vibe” backstage and onstage. In other honors, the judges’ All-Star Cast included Kieshaun Butts, Daniel Baesler, and Catron Arnold.

Each year, the SETC welcomes some 5,000 actors, singers, dancers, designers, technicians, stage managers, directors, playwrights, teachers, students, and professionals for 3½ days of workshops, keynotes, performance festivals, auditions, college recruiting, job interviews, and more. The 2020 convention ran from Feb. 26 to March 1 in Louisville, where the top two high school teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia competed for Southeastern bragging rights.

The Lafayette students presented “Failure: A Love Story” by playwright Philip Dawkins. In the fall, Lafayette had taken first place in the Kentucky Theatre Association’s 2019 high school festival and play competition

Students and teacher Amie Kisling (center) react to winning the big prize at SETC

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