Jamestown theatre students to attend regional conference

aheymann@dailypress.com

Jamestown High School’s theatre students are taking their act on the road to Mobile, Alabama,for the 2018 South Eastern Theatre Conference.

In March, 25 Jamestown High School theatre students and James Stone, the theatre teacher and director, will represent Virginia at the South Eastern Theatre Conference's High School festival. The group will perform “Immersed,” for which they won six awards at the Virginia Theatre Association’s conference, including the judge's special award for use of music and sound and best original play. The festival will showcase 19 of the top high school theatre programs in the region; Jamestown was one of two schools selected to represent the state at the Virginia Theatre Association’s conference in October.

“I think it is a cool opportunity to say to folks from all over the United States that Williamsburg is a really great place for the arts,” Stone said.

While they’re attending a regional conference, it has a national reach and draws between almost 5,000 attendees from across the U.S. Stone said many students use the conference as an opportunity to find jobs and further their education. Some of the Jamestown students will use the conference to audition for colleges.

The students need to raise money to hire a bus for their 13-hour trip to Mobile, Alabama, so they will hold a fundraising event Jan. 20 where they will perform a one-act show followed by a spaghetti dinner. All of the proceeds from the event will go towards defraying conference expenses.

The troupe will perform “Immersed,” the play they will be showcased at the conference. The play is an original story written by Stone about a teenage girl named Anna who moves to Appalachian North Carolina during the Great Depression. Everyone in the new town tries to convince her to have an immersive baptism because that is the status quo there.

“The title of the play has sort of a double meaning,” Stone said. “The town is immersed in this culture that the preacher must be right because he says so.”

Want to go?

The fundraiser will take place at Jamestown High School on Jan. 20. The show will start at 6 p.m. followed by the spaghetti dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $10; $20 with the spaghetti dinner included. Tickets will be available for purchase the day of, but you can also reserve your ticket by calling 757-259-3644 or by emailing james.stone@wjccschools.org.

Amelia Heymann can be reached by email at aheymann@dailypress.com, or on twitter @HeymannAmelia.

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