Ashburn, VA (November 11, 2016) – Three Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) high schools won awards at the Virginia Theatre Festival held October 26th through 30th in Norfolk.
Rock Ridge High School was the festival runner-up and will go on to represent Virginia at the Southeastern Theatre Conference March 1st through 5th in Lexington, Ky. This will be the school’s second trip to this competition in the past two years. Rock Ridge performed the North American premiere of “The Very Grey Matter of Edward Blank.” The show received the best overall Technical Effect award and special recognition for the Integration of Various Art Forms. Senior Megan Emanuel received a $1,000 technical theatre scholarship for stage management. Junior Luke Harris received a Best Male Actor Award for his portrayal of Edward Blank. Anthony Cimino-Johnson is the theatre director at Rock Ridge.
Loudoun Valley High School earned an honorable mention for their performance of “The Glass House.” The Vikings received a Technical Merit award for the production, along with special recognition for Excellence in Stage Movement. Russ Staggs is the theatre director at Valley.
Freedom High School earned an honorable mention for their performance of “AP Theatre.” Freedom also received special recognition for Excellence in Ensemble. Mark Rogers is the theatre director at Freedom.
Students attending the conference had college auditions, listened to keynote speakers, attended workshops and performed. More than 50 schools attended the festival, with a total of 2,500 participants.