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High schoolers act out at COC

College, Hart district host two-day theater competition

Posted: March 1, 2013 6:07 p.m.
Updated: March 1, 2013 6:07 p.m.

A group of Hart district students form the body of a cat during an inprov exercise during the annual theater festival held Friday at the COC PAC. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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Hundreds of high school students descended on College of the Canyons Friday to set the stage for the Hart district’s annual theater competition this weekend.

This year’s Hart District Theatre Festival brought approximately 200 young and aspiring thespians from schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District together for a two-day series of workshops, demonstrations and performances that culminates in a competition at Golden Valley High School on Saturday.

This year’s festival also featured a performance from Improvised Shakespeare, a Chicago-based improvisational theater troupe.

Saturday’s competition runs from 9 a.m. to around 2:30 p.m.

This year’s competition includes monologue reading, performances of scenes from contemporary works like Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” and performances from the works of William Shakespeare.

This year also features a musical theater category featuring scenes from “Chicago” and “Guys and Dolls,” among others.

The winners of each competition will be chosen by a panel of judges.

“This is now a long-time tradition of collaborating with the theater arts programs in the district and College of the Canyons,” said Stephen Whelan, theater arts teacher at Valencia High School.

“The festival, although a competition on the second day, is an excellent opportunity for students and teachers alike to share their performances, creativity and craft,” Whelan said in a prepared statement.

The competition is open to the public with $5 admission, according to Hart district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker.

The entire festival is expected to end at 3:30 p.m. Saturday after an awards ceremony at Golden Valley High School.
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