Lafayette (SCAPA) and Tates Creek took first and second place, respectively, in the Kentucky Theatre Association’s 2019 high school festival and play competition, which featured a dozen top entries from across the Commonwealth. In addition, Frederick Douglass – in its first trip to state – won Best Newcomer honors with its production of “Antigone” under teacher Jason Meenach.
Lafayette students, led by theater teacher Amie Kisling, presented a 45-minute version of “Failure: A Love Story” by playwright Philip Dawkins; and Daniel Baesler received a nod for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role.
Tates Creek, under the direction of Daniel Ellis, 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!”
Judges’ selections for the state’s All-Star Cast included Kieshaun Butts of Lafayette, Reece Allen of Tates Creek, and Tanner Peck of Douglass.
The state festival ran Nov. 22-24 at the University of Louisville. Lafayette and Tates Creek will now represent Kentucky at the Southeastern Theatre Conference this winter, also in Louisville.