After countless rehearsals and shows, all the hard work has finally paid off! Centennial’s production of Cinderella is going to Theaterfest! Theaterfest is a prestigious Illinois conference which showcases different styles of theater from all around Illinois. And for the first time in Centennial’s history, our school will get to be a part of this exciting tradition.
When work on the show began in September, the cast and crew were excited to showcase their talents to their peers and families, but little did they know that they would soon get the opportunity to do the same on a much bigger scale. Theaterfest began in 1976 as a way for high schools from around the state to display their unique programs in a non-competitive environment. Now, Theaterfest is an annual event and is one of the mainstays of Illinois theater.
Being a featured as a part of the program is very important to Centennial, Mrs. Aldridge, the head of the drama department says that she is “excited to be honored in this way”, and the students could not be happier to participate in a festival which they have attended and been awed by in years past.
But getting to the festival will not be an easy task, many hours of rehearsal and fundraising will be essential in order to get the production back in action. The cast will be working hard to get the dances and songs back on track, one of the cast, Erin Ellis says that “although the dances will be difficult to get back into, with a cast as fun and quick to learn as this one, everything should be a breeze.” A fundraising show will be held prior to Theater Festival, on the 7th of January, and information can be found by contacting Mrs. Aldridge.
This is a milestone for Centennial’s theater department, and everyone is excited as the program finally gets its chance to show off its uniqueness and diversity. Illinois High School Theater Festival will be held January 8-10, 2015 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.