WHS Students win at WV Theater Competition

WHS Students win at WV Theater Competition
Posted on 03/22/2019
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Washington High School students took several group and individual awards at the West Virginia State Thespian Festival in Morgantown, W.Va. over the weekend and earned a spot in the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE later this year.  
Individuals recognized include Elouane Rogers, who was named Best Actress for the festival; Laurence Pfouts and Jami Hartman, who were both named to All Festival Cast; Jada King, who won 1st Place for Stage Management; Jami Hartman, who was also awarded the David L. Sindledecker Memorial Scholarship for $1000 to the school of her choice; and Dennis Romero, whose original play was awarded 2nd Place in Novice Playwriting. 
The group's production of The Shape of the Grave also received an Outstanding One Act award and was named as WV Chapter Select Showcase, meaning that for the first time ever a Jefferson County School will have a chance to represent West Virginia at the International Festival ain June. Washington High School Theater Director, Darrell Cummings, said this is an amazing achievement for the students.
“It’s the culmination of all their hard work and it validates them as students.”
Cummings said his students will be representing the state and Jefferson County, something that has never happened in the festival’s 90-year history.
“They would represent Jefferson County. They would carry our banner into an international festival.”
It will take an estimated $30,000 to get the roughly 30-member cast to the festival. That sum must be raised by May 1, 2019. The five-day festival offers students from around the world a chance to compete for scholarships and participate in world-class workshops and performances.
For questions or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Darrell Cummings, Theater Director, Washington High School 571-277-6249 or Kit McGinnis 304-995-3333.

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