Thespian's united at SEACT's Theatre Festival

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DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) -- Southeast Alabama Community Theatre is proud to partner with the Cultural Arts Center for an annual theatre festival, hosting local competitors and groups from as far away as Montgomery and Early County, Ga. High school and middle school students compete with monologues, duologues, and scenes. A three-judge panel reviews each presentation and scores for different categories such as characterization, movement and expression, vocal interpretation, and rhythm.

Theatre Festival chair Gwin Neal King says the goal is to offer constructive feedback for students interested in theatre, or any career that involves public speaking and communication. "Our focus is less about the score and more about providing each student with valuable information that helps them further develop their skills." This year's judges are James Gibbs, currently serving as Resident Production Stage Manager at Red Mountain Theater Company in Birmingham, Erin Smith, music instructor at Enterprise State Community College where she teaches voice, music appreciation, music theory, and directs multiple musical theatre productions, and Audrey Layne Crocker, a theatre professional with experience performing all over the country and based out of Blakely, Ga.

The festival takes place Tuesday, Nov. 7, and Wednesday, Nov. 8. The public is invited to observe for a $2 minimum donation at the door. A schedule of schools and groups participating is available at SEACT awards first through third place, based on individual and group scores. Funding for this event is provided in part by Barbara & Leon Minsky, and the many supporters of Southeast Alabama Community Theatre.