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High school to perform free play

The Halifax County High School Theatre Department will be performing their competition play, “A Piece of My Heart” on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. The play by Shirley Lauro is the story of army nurses during the Viet Nam War and their lives after returning home. The competition piece is a cutting of the full-length play that the school performed 12 years ago.

The team will be presenting the play on Feb. 15 at the 5-A North Regional Competition at Briar Woods High School.

 “A Piece of My Heart” is a dramatic depiction of the sacrifices of those who serve this country in many ways. The previous performances have been highly praised by audiences, especially veterans who understand the contributions of service members in working to maintain the country’s security. 

The show was presented to honored guests of the school at the annual Veteran’s Day activities.

The play will represent the school at the regional event under the Virginia High School League’s new six-division reorganization.  The competition is the final step before state championship competition with the top two schools advancing to the finals. 

This competition will be the Comets’ seventh trip to regionals in the past eight years. The team is working hard to get ready for the competition and is hoping for their first ever trip to the state championships, according to Director Greg Donner. 

The team scored a win in the expanded Piedmont District event in October with three Comets getting all district honors on the five-member All-District cast. 

The public is invited to attend this special performance free of charge and help support the competition team as they prepare for this important event.

Donner feels this is one of the best play selections the team has performed and will be a strong contender. 

He said, “The material is especially moving to audiences and the cast has done a great job in developing their characters. This should help us to be competitive with the best teams we will face.” 

The cast members are fully committed to the performance, and they have impressed audiences with every presentation. The actors and crew have worked on this performance as a salute to those who served and are pleased to offer this event one more time to the community.  

It will be the final public performance of this play. Many who have seen “A Piece of My Heart” have come back for a second time to experience the moving portrayal of those who give so much to their country.