Watauga High Playmakers Plans to Defend Title in State Drama Competition | Local News


BOONE – Students at Watauga High School prepared to defend their title as North Carolina Theater Conference champions with a performance on November 1.

The Pioneer Playmakers, the honorary acting troupe from Watauga High School, will travel to Gardner-Webb University on November 6 to compete against six other schools in the North Carolina Theater Conference’s High School Play competition.

“I am delighted to be back on stage and sharing the original work the students have done,” said group director Zachary Walker.

Walker has been a public educator and participated in NCTC for 20 years, but this is his first year working with original material, he said.

“Have fun, tell your story,” Walker told the students during Monday night’s rehearsal.

The play, told in three vignettes, is a love story in its three forms: romantic, platonic and self-love. The cast members wear shirts that match each type of love; red for romantic, purple for platonic and blue for oneself. The cast members also opted for a voiceover, accompanied by music by WHS student Aubrey Spalding, as the only source of dialogue in the room.

Seniors Cora Jones, Abby Schwebke and Peyton Walton said the troupe have been rehearsing for months. On August 28, the Playmakers attended an eight-hour retreat where they brainstormed ideas for this year’s competition and chose a theme.

“We really wanted to do something that we would leave the theater feeling loved and fulfilled with our work,” Jones said.

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