West Point Theatre students excel in 1st trip to state theater festival

Left to right are Caidyn McManus, Carson Partain and Dathan Campbell, who all brought home superior ratings from the state Walter Trumbauer Secondary Theatre Festival. (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Harbison)

WEST POINT, Ala. – West Point High School recently saw three of its students return with superior ratings from the school’s first trip to the state level Walter Trumbauer Secondary Theatre Festival at Troy University.

The students are: 

  • Carson Partain – solo male musical dramatic for “Music of the Night” from “Phantom of the Opera,” and contemporary dramatic monologue for John Proctor’s speech from “The Crucible”
  • Caidyn McManus – solo female musical comedic for “100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man” from the musical “Wonderful Town”
  • Dathan Campbell – solo male musical dramatic for “For Forever” from the musical “Dear Evan Hansen”


West Point High School Librarian and theater co-director Kimberly Harbison told The Tribune, “This year was the first time for anyone at our school to compete at the Trumbauer district and state festivals. Our students had a wonderful time competing in the arts, which is something new to them, and in doing so, they enjoyed seeing the performances of students from other schools in our district and from throughout the state. We look forward to continuing (and increasing) our participation in the Alabama Trumbauer Festival and other events like it over the coming years. Our main goal is to bring awareness of performing arts to our school and community and to provide our students with an additional outlet for performing and sharing their unique talents.”

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