Lafayette theatre group takes 1st place in SETC virtual play competition
SCAPA theatre students from Lafayette High School did not miss a beat even though the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s 2021 convention went virtual amid COVID-19 restrictions. Their recorded entry, an excerpt of “Cardboard Stories: Thinking outside the Box,” earned top honors in the Secondary School Theatre Festival, which offered the 10-Minute Play Competition in early March. “We were the only school to submit a play from FCPS and from the state of Kentucky, and we happened to win!” said theatre teacher Amie Dunn Kisling, who directed Lafayette’s production. “We got some really great written feedback from the adjudicators, but it was a strange conference to say the least.”
The Lafayette-SCAPA performers included Daniel Baesler, JT Baniak, Calista Case, Avril de la Llana, Vivien Kurtz, Annie Harris, Bobby Lowther, Izzy Mullins, Brendan Naish, and Ella Swanagin. Musicians were Casey Honaker, Kori Silence, and Lucia Troiano. The assistant director alongside Kisling was teacher Cassady Gorrell, stage manager was Sydney Hall, and assistant stage manager was Arden Ensor. Aslyn Goodwin and Lauren Whyte handled the set and props.
Because of the pandemic and schools in remote learning, many states did not hold their usual play competitions, so SETC accepted all festival submissions this spring. Kisling said SETC received 16 entries from its 10-state region. In a typical year, the SETC convention 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. In the high school play competition, the top two teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia vie for Southeastern bragging rights.