Ashburn, VA (Nov. 4, 2015) – Rock Ridge High School’s cast and crew of “Ernest and the Pale Moon” earned top honors at the Virginia Theatre Association’s High School Theatre Festival, held October 21st through 25th in Richmond.
The Virginia Theatre Association’s High School Festival is the largest theatre festival in the state. 54 schools participated in the event. The competition is not broken into categories according to school size or other distinctions. All schools – public or private, large or small – compete for the top honor.
The team from Rock Ridge also earned awards for Best Costumes and Best Technical Merit. Two students from the school, seniors Lucky Vermuri and Rami Zein, auditioned for various colleges while attending the event. The two students were offered a total of $172,000 in scholarships.
This is the first time Rock Ridge had appeared in this competition.
As the state champions, the cast and crew will represent Virginia in competition at the South Eastern Theatre Conference in Greensboro, N.C., in March. To raise funds for this trip, Rock Ridge will offer an encore performance of “Ernest and the Pale Moon” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 5th. The suggested donation to attend the performance is $10.
“Ernest and the Pale Moon,” by Oliver Lansley, is a horror story about obsession and murder.
The drama teacher at Rock Ridge High School is Anthony Cimino-Johnson.
Rock Ridge also will premier an original adaptation of the famous children’s book, “Bridge to Terabithia” November 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 8th, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at www.rockridgedrama.org.