The Theater Department at Carolina Day School has much to celebrate, as they bring home honors from the 2019 NCTC High School Play Festival, held at Gardner-Webb University on November 8–9, 2019. The theater program, led by David Dvorscak, made the school and community proud with their presentations of “red threading” and “A Dance for Saint Vitus.”
Both plays were written by CDS students as part of Mr. Dvorscak’s playwriting class last spring. Celia Sandoval wrote “A Dance for Saint Vitus” and Sophia Pereda-Echeverry is the author of “red threading.”
“I am so proud of the work every student did at the festival,” said Dvorscak. “They gave great performances, served brilliantly as tech crew, and engaged with students from other schools. It was a rewarding two days of theatre. We learned a lot from performing these shows for the first time in front of an audience and are eager to make adjustments and give even stronger performances at CDS.”
“A Dance for St. Vitus” is set during the "dancing plague" of 1518 in the town of Strasbourg, Alsace. It deals with fear, the unknown, and how we handle it.
At the festival, "A Dance for St. Vitus" was recognized with the following awards:
Theatre Arts Award: Excellence in Staging
Barbizon Excellence in Design & Production: Costume Design and Stage Management to Mary Manning Holmes
Barbizon Excellence in Design & Production: Playwriting to Celia Sandoval
“red threading” is set today, in a gas-station convenience store after midnight. It is an exploration of connections made, missed, and hoped-for.
At the festival, “red threading” was honored with the following:
Theatre Arts Award: Excellence in Realistic Stage Design
Barbizon Outstanding Achievement in Design & Production: Student Direction and Playwriting to Sophia Pereda-Echeverry. (This top award includes a scholarship to attend the NCTC College Discovery Day.)
The judges awarded Excellence in Directing to David Dvorscak
Both one-acts will be performed at CDS in the Upper School Auditorium on Friday, November 15 at 7:05 p.m. (Doors open at 6:45 p.m.)
The cast of “A Dance for Saint Vitus” is Eva Carter, Genevieve Beatty, Kirana Kuić, Zachariah Malas, Izzy Hardin, Sophia Pereda-Echeverry, Andrew Morgan, Marie Danos, Ella Christian, Kylie Landolfi, Toria Hicks, Liza Heck, Mary Manning Holmes, Luc Clerici, Gergana Lilova, and Zoë Von Kohorn. Alex Schultz is the Stage Manager, Aria Irani is Wardrobe Manager and Assistant Stage Manager, Mary Manning Holmes is Costumer and Assistant Stage Manager
The cast of “red threading” is Eva Carter, Liza Heck, Ella Christian, Kirana Kuić, Zoë Von Kohorn, and Zachariah Malas. Mary Manning Holmes is Stage Manager, Alex Schultz is Assistant Stage Manager, and Sophia Pereda-Echeverry is Assistant Director and Costume Coordinator.
The set crew for both shows includes Alex Schultz, Aria Irani, Eva Carter, Genevieve Beatty, Kirana Kuić, Zachariah Malas, Izzy Hardin, Sophia Pereda-Echeverry, Andrew Morgan, Marie Danos, Ella Christian, Kylie Landolfi, Toria Hicks, Liza Heck, Mary Manning Holmes, Luc Clerici, Gergana Lilova, and Zoë Von Kohorn.
Sets and props were built by the technical theatre class and student volunteers: Isaac Baraki, Ashlyn Browne, Elena Bryan, Meg Campbell, Ella Christian, Eva Carter, Frances Dowden, Lucas Hertzinger, Mary Manning Holmes, Frances Huffman, Grayson Huggins, Murphy Kalil, Risher Kalil, Kylie Landolfi, Sophia Pereda-Echeverry, Matthew Piwowar, Ian Rogers, Michael Rose, Graham Ryan, Marcelino Smith, William Sword, Patrick Thies, and Parker Truesdale.
Costumes were built and coordinated by Mary Manning Holmes, Aria Irani, Lily Joyner, and Sophia Pereda-Echeverry.
For more information on the arts programs at Carolina Day School, please visit carolinaday.org/arts.