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Shelby High Drama Enters Competition
Amy Lee portrayed by Simone Tribble takes exception to the accusations made by her friends.
The Shelby High School Drama Department has selected two one act plays, whose performances will be entered into the North Carolina Theatre Conference’s Annual Play Festival. It is a state wide competition, the best of North Carolina High School Theatre. Steven Padgett and Jennifer Gordon, Shelby Drama Department Directors, selected two one act plays, James McLure’s “Laundry & Bourbon” and Daniel Maclvor’s award winning, “This Is A Play”. Both were performed prior to the competition on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at Malcolm Brown Theatre. The first round of competition will be held at Kings Mountain High School on Friday, November 1st, 2013.
At a dress rehearsal I saw both performances. These two choices are excellent and hopefully will be rewarded by the judges.
The first to be performed “Laundry & Bourbon” is a depiction of a small, redneck town with three women, longing for acknowledgment and struggling for their continuing friendship. Amy Lee portrayed by Simone Tribble gives a strong performance and brings the message of the play solidly together. Simone is very convincing and makes the play a flash back to what a lot of small town, young ladies do and how they cope with their lives in such an environment.
The second one act play “This Is A Play” combines lettuce and, believe it or not, chicken in a hilarious spoof of actors trying to outdo each other. It is a great display of both the obnoxious efforts of actor’s mindsets, chock full of overacting.  It is used in comical situations very effectively. This play is very comical. Overacting is sometimes referred to as “chewing the scenery!” Once the audience taps into this, chuckles and even laughter can be heard. The performances by Jacob Bell, Makayla Hamrick and Maddie Spurling are very strong and “just the ticket” to pull off the full intent of the award winning writer, Daniel Maclvor. Both plays are good selections for some fierce competition and should be strong entries to “take home the big prize!”
To the Shelby High School Drama Department and its’ actors, may we say in the long tradition of the theatre, “break a leg!”

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