Special to the Journal
A group of actors from Lee County High School’s Theatre Arts Program joined students from dozens of other Georgia high schools for Georgia Shakespeare’s 5th Annual High School Acting Competition at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta on Saturday, February 25. Students competed by performing monologues and scenes from the Bard’s classic plays for panels of judges with expertise in staging and performing Shakespeare.
Several Lee County students were invited to showcase their acting at the end of the competition day with a performance for all contest participants. Among monologues, Demi Davis, a junior at LCHS, was invited to perform her piece from The Tempest. In the scenes division, Jessi Robison and Garrett Odom’s scene from The Tempest was showcased and later received the 2nd-Place Scene Award. Demi Davis and Jeremy Munnings’ scene from Henry IV—Part I was also featured in the showcase, and their performance was later recognized as the 1st-Place Scene winner. Other Lee County students who participated in this year’s contest were Nicolette Mantica, Katie Yancey and Taylor Weaver. The Lee County students were directed by LCHS Theatre Arts director Dotty Davis.
This is the first year that students from Lee County have entered this statewide contest, and their success follows the group’s first foray into Shakespearean drama with their production of The Tempest last May. Many Lee County students also participated in a weeklong Shakespeare camp last July led by LCHS alum Emily Kitchens, who is currently performing with the acclaimed California Shakespeare company. Lee County Theatre Arts will once again bring Shakespeare to the stage with their production of The Taming of the Shrew, coming in May 2012.