Members of Perry Central’s drama company, The Commodore Players, travelled to the University of the Cumberlands on Saturday to perform at the 5th Annual Eastern Kentucky Dramatic Arts Society (EKDAS) High School Drama Festival.
The Commodore Players competed in the festival format against Drama programs from Whitley County, Harlan County, and Madison Southern high schools. Perry Central performed the one-act comedy “Screenagers,” by playwrights Jane and Jim Jeffries. The production was directed by PCC Drama teacher Phil Neace.
In the afternoon, after the final performance closed, awards were given out to represent the best in high school theatre performance.
The Commodore Players were awarded first Place, best overall performance, for the entire festival. Three PCC students were named to the EKDAS All Mountain Cast, and PCC also won several special judges’ discretionary awards for outstanding elements in their performance.
Results of the 5th Annual EKDAS High School Drama Festival
Best Overall Performance — Perry County Central’s Commodore Players “Screenagers”
2nd Place — Madison Southern High School’s Eagle Players “The Least Offensive Play in the Whole Darn World”
3rd Place — Harlan County High School “12 Angry Pigs”
Best Actor — Will Kirgan, Whitley County High
Best Actress — Taylor Howard, Harlan County High
EKDAS All Mountain Cast
Seth Lewis — Perry County Central
Elliot Board — Madison Southern High
Will Kirgan — Whitley County High
Taylor Howard — Harlan County High
Ramsey Hall — Perry County Central
Lucas Slagle — Madison Southern High
Haley Walters — Whitley County High
Devyn Creech — Harlan County High
Makeisha Combs — Perry County Central
Foster Colvin — Harlan County High
Perry Central will perform their award-winning production of “Screenagers” for the public, one night only, on Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m. as part of Perry County Central’s Fine Arts Night. Admission is free.
EKDAS exists as cooperative group, of all high schools in the Eastern Kentucky mountain region, from Ashland to Berea to Wayne County with all places in between, to promote the fine arts in the region’s schools with the goal that every high school in Eastern Kentucky will have drama as part of their school activities.