Theater Festival will draw more than 2,000 thespians to Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 01 December 2015

TROY - Troy University will play host to more than 2,000 theater students, teachers, parents and chaperons for the 75th annual Walter F. Trumbauer State Secondary Theatre Festival Dec. 3-5.

Sponsored by the Alabama Conference of Theatre, more than 1,000 individual events from 85 high schools have advanced from the six district festivals. Sixteen high schools are competing in the One-Act Play Festival and 11 high school are competing in the Studio Theatre One-Act Festival, according to Pat Putman, the Conference's executive director. In addition, 26 Individual Events that include acting, musical theater, pantomime, reader's theater, playwriting, lighting design, costume design, make-up design, scene design and stage management will compete.

On Thursday, the Conference's College/University Division will have a college fair and scholarship audition, featuring college and university representatives who will meet and interview students for various theater programs across the state.

"TROY Theatre will certainly be among the representatives, seeking new, incoming talent to become part of our strong and growing program," said Tori Lee Averett, Chair and Coordinator of Theatre Education.

"We are pleased that we can support high school students and the Alabama Conference of Theatre in hosting Trumbauer at TROY, and our students are excited about serving as hosts and guides during the weekend," she said.

Averett said many of TROY's current theatre majors are products of the Trumbauer Festival, and are looking forward to continuing the tradition of excellence as hosts.

"It has been exciting to watch people from everywhere come together to celebrate young artists’ accomplishments and to participate in such a wonderful and distinguished competition," said Meagan Evans, a junior theatre major from Wetumpka.