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Theater students earn first runner-up honors at state festival

Theater students at the state competition

Tates Creek was first runner-up in the Kentucky Theatre Association’s 2019 high school festival and play competition, which featured a dozen top entries from across the Commonwealth. Reece Allen also made the All-Star Cast. Under the direction of teacher Daniel Ellis, TCHS students performed “James and the Giant Peach,” based on the classic children’s book. “As a play, it is a creatively challenging endeavor,” Ellis said. “The students have worked incredibly hard on this production and built characters from the ground up. The play is full of energy and color, and it’s a roller coaster for them to perform. They do a phenomenal job!”

The Tates Creek group later represented Kentucky at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville, where they won for Best Ensemble, and the All-Star Cast included Joseph Ntakarutimana and Gabe Francis.