Friday, September 12, 2008

The 26th Haunted House is coming!

Stage Directions announces it's winners of their High School Honors Theatre Program

SD Announces Winners of High School Honors Program

LAS VEGAS — After surveying educators, college admissions recruiters and theatre professionals — not to mention the students and parents of students across the country — Stage Directions is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural High School Honors Theatre Program. The winners, which will all be featured in the November issue of SD, are:

Midwest: Libertyville High School in Libertyville, Ill.
Northeast: Barnstable High School in Hyannis, Mass.
Northwest: Blanchet High in Seattle Wash.
Southeast: West Orange High School in Orlando, Fla.
Southwest: Las Vegas Academy Theatre in Las Vegas, Nev.
Canada: Conseil Scolaire de District Des Ecoles Catholiques Du Sud-Ouest - Ecole Secondaire I'Essor in Windsor Ontario.

The attention paid to training students was an oft-cited reason for nominations. John Sullivan, uses his skills to stage productions on a large scale. (His last production, The Wizard of Oz had a cast of over 300 high school and middle school students.) He trains his students in rigging, set construction, lighting and audio and they do good work, too. A reader writes that their work “rivals professional productions and trumps most local theater.”
All of our winners also are contributing greatly to emerging theatre arts as a whole.

All the high schools nominated were of exceeding quality.
“High school theatre across America is full of vibrant, talented and dedicated people — from the students to the teachers to the supportive parents,” said SD Publisher Terry Lowe. “Every school that keeps theatre alive and available to excited and inquisitive students is worthy of applause, and we are happy to honor these exceptional programs.”

Stage Directions magazine is the nation’s largest independently published technical theatre magazine. Stage Directions recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and can be seen online at