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Northwest Cabarrus Theatre Ensemble Brings Home Awards from State Festival

Dec 10, 2018 02:04PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
This past November, Northwest Cabarrus High School won several awards at the 2018 NCTC High School Play Festival, which is known as the “State Football Championship for Theatre.”

Only two theater groups in the region were invited to participate in the NCTC State Festival, which was held at Greensboro College. The Northwest Cabarrus Theatre Ensemble performed "The Queen’s ServANTS" at the Festival, bringing home many awards.

"It was a unique experience for our students, being costumed as ants and looking at the world through the lens of another being," director Andrea "Andy" Rassler told us about their State Festival performance. "I believe after inhabiting these characters, they have all grown as people and performers."

The honors the ensemble brought home include: Excellence in Ensemble, Excellence in Acting (Nick Isley and Macy Skaggs), Excellence in Directing (Andy Rassler), Outstanding Technical Costume Design (Blanca Murillo), a Superior Rating and the Judges’ Choice Distinguished Play Award.

"It is an extreme honor to go to the state festival," Rassler said. "There are so many schools and plays competing for those 16 slots. To be chosen is a validation of weeks/months of work."

This is the 4th time the Northwest Cabarrus Theatre Ensemble has advanced to the state festival, attending in 2012 ("Yellow Boat"), 2013 ("In the Jungle") and 2014 ("Kiss a Squid").

Though two actors received specific awards, Rassler noted that it was truly an ensemble effort. "The two recognized would not have been able to do what they did without the support and challenge of the other actors involved," Rassler said. 

The Northwest Cabarrus Theatre Ensemble has been supported by the school, and it shows through its administrative support. The principal of Northwest Cabarrus High School, Chris Myers, along with a number of parents, drove to Greensboro College to watch their performance at the State Festival. 

"Nothing replaces that moment when your school is announced as the winner," Rassler said. "We all were truly shocked, surprised, and elated! It took a moment or two for any of us to go forward to get the award."

Later this year, the top two performances will move on to the National Competition at the Southeastern Theater Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

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