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Shelby County High School and Martha Layne Collins High School drama students were in the spotlight in the recent newsletter from the Kentucky Department of Education.
Students from both schools attended the Kentucky Theatre Festival, which is the state affiliate of American Association of Theatre in Education (AATE), in Danville in November. The High School One Act Play Festival this year brought 16 schools to Centre College.
This is the state-level festival leading to the spring regional festival hosted by the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) at its annual conference set for Atlanta in 2011. Schools compete for the opportunity for two productions to represent Kentucky at the SETC Festival, in which 10 southern states compete.
Four of the 16 schools were performing at KTA's Festival for the first time. Among the performances recognized this year were the whole Chorus of Antigone (Collins High) and Marisa Chamblee (Shelby County High).
Additional discretionary judges awards went to four, including: Oh The Places You Went: Shelby County High for The Seussifica-tion of Romeo and Juliet
The awards for best productions for the second runner-up was a tie between Danville High for The Complete Works of Shakespeare and Collins High (Shelby County) for Anti-gone.