Each year, high schools who have won state competitions perform at SETC for the regional title. The two winning productions from each of the 10 SETC member states* compete in the High School Theatre Festival at SETC’s annual convention. Check with your state organization to learn how to compete at the state level.
* The 10 state region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
2017 High School Theatre Festival
The 2017 High School Theatre Festival will be held March 2-3, 2017, at the Lexington Opera House during the 68th annual SETC Convention in Lexington, KY.
The SETC High School Theatre Festival performances are open to everyone who is registered for the SETC convention. Friends and family of festival participants and the general public may purchase tickets to see these 20 shows.
Thursday Performances, March 2, 2017
|10:00 – 10:45am||That’s Not How I Remembered It
Lake Norman Charter School, NC
|11:00 – 11:45am||Bocon
Montessori School of Anderson, SC
|Noon – 12:45pm||Wiley and the Hairy Man
McGavock HS, TN
|1:00 – 1:45pm||That Was Then
Harrisonburg HS, VA
|2:00 – 2:45pm||Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon
Musselman HS, WV
|5:30 – 6:15pm||Children of Eden: Act II
Opelika HS, AL
|6:30 – 7:15pm||Charlie and Algernon
Gulf Breeze HS, FL
|7:30 – 8:15pm||Anatomy of Gray
Greater Atlanta Christian School, GA
|8:30 – 9:15pm||The Cagebirds
Bryan Station HS, KY
|9:30 – 10:15pm||Scenes from Argonautika
Ocean Springs HS, MS
Friday Performances, March 3, 2017
|10:00 – 10:45am||Boal
Central Academy of Technology and Arts, NC
|11:00 – 11:45am||The Taste of Sunrise
Woodmont HS, SC
|Noon – 12:45pm||Mother Hicks
Nashville School of the Arts, TN
|1:00 – 1:45pm||The Very Grey Matter of Edward Blank
Rock Ridge HS, VA
|2:00 – 2:45pm||Emotional Baggage
Greenbrier East HS, WV
|5:30 – 6:15pm||The Jungle Book
James Clemens HS, AL
|6:30 – 7:15pm||The Children’s Hour
Boone HS, FL
|7:30 – 8:15pm||Starmites
Milton HS, GA
|8:30 – 9:15pm||Still Waters Run Deep
Corbin HS, KY
|9:30 – 10:15pm||Failure: A Love Story
Oak Grove HS, MS
Laurie Durrett has been involved with Theatre Arts for over 40 years. She’s worked as a professional actor and has been a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA for over 30 years. Laurie holds an M.A. in Theatre Education and Human Development from New York University and a B.S. from Lamar University in Communications RTF and Theatre. She taught Theatre Arts for six years on the high school level and participated in University Interscholastic League in Texas on the state and regional level. Also, she and her students were chosen to participate in the International Thespian Competition as a performing school.
Sharron Jenkins, now retired, worked in three school districts in Southeast Texas teaching all levels of Spanish, World History, U.S. History and Theatre during her teaching career. She is a member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association and the Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials organization. She also served as an adjudicator for the Educational Theatre Association and volunteered as an adult advisory board member for Texas Thespians. She’s directed children’s plays, drama, comedy, musicals, and one-act plays.
Michael Peitz retired as the Executive Director of the Educational Theatre Association. Before that he taught speech, English and theatre in Iowa, where his students performed at the Iowa and the International Thespian festivals. He has been a guest adjudicator across the country. The Iowa Communication Association and the University of Northern Iowa Theatre Department named him an Outstanding Alumnus. Michael has been inducted into the Hall of Fame by Arkansas, Iowa and Mississippi Thespians, the Iowa High School Speech Association, the Ohio Educational Theatre Association and the national Educational Theatre Association.