WHS awarded at state play festival
by Kellen Moore
The Pioneer Playmakers returned from the State High School Play Festival last week with an award under their belt and the honor of being among the state’s most elite high school drama groups.
The group won an award for Excellence in Costume Design, while students Emily Cheshier and Michael Navarro were recognized individually for Excellence in Student Design and Production for set design and painting.
The Playmakers rose to the N.C. Theatre Conference’s highest competition with an original one-act play titled “schuld.” The play is set concurrently in 1944 and 1964 and examines a terrible accident in a small farming community in Nebraska during World War II.
“The Watauga production of ‘schuld’ was very well-received by the judges and audience,” said Angie Hays, executive director of the N.C. Theatre Conference.
Only 18 productions were chosen for performance at the state level.
Watauga High School has participated in the festival since 1988 and hosted a regional competition for the first time this year.