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Lee County Production Wins 1st in the Region

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LEESBURG: Lee County High School’s Theatre Arts Program won top honors in the Region 1-AAAAA One-Act Play Competition on Friday, October 19, at the historic Rylander Theatre in Americus. Lee County’s production of the new play The Cherry Sisters Revisited bested productions from the five other schools in Region 1-AAAAA.

 
Northside-Columbus High School finished in 2nd place with their production of Johnny Cash: Ring of Fire, while Harris County’s slapstick production of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) took 3rd-place honors.
 
Lee County senior Demi Davis picked up the Best Actress honor in region competition. Davis received the honor once before, as a sophomore. Fellow actor Davis Cowart, a junior, was named Best Supporting Actor in the region, and Lee County senior Tiffani Miller was named Best Supporting Actress. It was a near sweep of top honors for the Lee County troupe. Other performers in the production, all lauded by the contest judges for their excellent performances, include Turner Hitt and three actual sisters—Candace Shirley, Chelsey Shirley and Courtney Shirley. A crew of 20 student technicians, led by stage manager Nicolette Mantica, assisted with the production.
 
The Lee County show, The Cherry Sisters Revisited, tells the true story of five sisters from Iowa who seek fame as vaudeville performers at the turn of the 20th century, only to become infamous for tickling audiences with their dearth of talent. The play, by Dan O’Brien and Michael Friedman, debuted as part of the famed Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville (Kentucky) in 2010.
 
Encore performances of The Cherry Sisters Revisited are set for Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday, October 29 and 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee County’s Robert A. Clay Auditorium. Admission for these performances is $5, but the group asks patrons to support them as participates in the national Halloween community service project “Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat” by bringing donations of non-perishable food items or cash to the performances to benefit the Food Bank of Southwest Georgia.
 
Lee County will perform at the State AAAAA One-Act Play competition in Perry on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. They will compete against schools from the seven other Georgia regions. The state contest performances are open to the public.
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