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Halifax County High School secures sixth straight one-act play district title

The Halifax County High School one-act play competition team secured its sixth straight district title and its first in the newly formed Piedmont District at Magna Vista High School on Saturday.

The one-act play thespians performed “A Piece of My Heart” by Shirley Lauro.  The play focuses on the lives of a group of nurses in Vietnam, both during the war and after they returned home.

Halifax County received first-place votes from the entire panel of judges, according to Coach and Play Director Greg Donner.

In addition to winning the district championship, the Comets dominated the individual recognitions, claiming three of the five All-District awards.

Kayleigh Long, Emily Slayton and Alishia Ewell were named to the All-District Cast.  For Long and Slayton, it was their first competition play.

Ewell has been a leading member of the team for four years and received her first All-District recognition.

“The response to the performance from the judges and audience members was overwhelmingly positive,” said Donner.

“Comments from judges recognized the entire cast for their performances.  Katie Holland, RaeAnn Inman and Jessica Hinds played nurses, and Jason Fitts and Christian Roach played multiple roles throughout the show.

“After the performance, we were all praised by the members of the audience including competitors from other schools,” Donner noted.

“Many people have told us how moving the story was and how our actors touched them with the realism of their portrayals.

“The team had a dress rehearsal for family members and invited guests prior to the competition, and the response was the same.

“The play has been especially well received by veterans, who have indicated the show touches them in a very personal way.”

Donner added he hopes to have several public performances in the near future as the team prepares for their conference championship in February.

“Winning the district in the first year of reorganization feels good,” said Donner.

“We managed to win the Western Valley District six out of seven years we participated, including the past five years.

“It is rewarding for me that we can move to a new and larger district and show that we are equally competitive in a different setting.”

“I also am happy for our actors who received All-District recognition,” Donner added. 

“One judge sums it up very succinctly with her comments, ‘I have to say there were quite a few scenes that brought tears to my eyes.  You all bring such a mature and serious perspective to this issue.’”