Cullman High School Theatre sweeps 2021 Trumbauer district competition

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Cullman High School Theatre members celebrate their win on Nov. 6. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Cook)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman High School Theatre on Saturday swept the District 3 competition of the Alabama Conference of Theatre’s Walter Trumbauer High School Theatre Festival with its production of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” qualifying the team to compete for state honors at Troy University in December. 

“We are so proud,” said Cullman High School Theatre Director Wayne Cook. “Our theater department graduated a ton of seasoned actors last year and we are very young, but the students have risen to the task and we are very proud of them.” 

Cullman High Music Director Sarah Jane Skinner added, “They have worked so hard on this show, and we are both just so proud of their progress. The main cast is very small, but they all bring such energy and joy that completely fills the stage. I think everyone should come out and see it at the public performances, because it is a hilarious, touching story. These kids truly bring it to life, and I can guarantee that every person in the audience will see some aspect of a loved one reflected in these characters. I could not be more proud of these talented, hard working, wonderful kids!” 

The troupe will present the one-act show on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11 and 12, at Cullman High School. 

Trumbauer 2021 District Three Awards  

Acting Awards Superiors and going to State  

  • Kaitlyn Smith – Playwright  
  • Kaitlyn Smith – Solo Acting  
  • London Phillippo – Solo Acting  
  • Olivia Shelton – Solo Acting  
  • Audrey Nicholas – Solo Acting  
  • IIana Shadrick – Solo Acting  
  • Graham Waldrop – Solo Acting  
  • Scarlet Smith – Solo Acting  
  • Braxton White – Solo Acting  
  • Bailee Henderson – Solo Acting  
  • Domenico Brunetti – Solo Acting  
  • Ethan Vines – Solo Acting  
  • Holly Rowan and Alyssa Lindsey – Duet Acting  

Acting Awards Superiors  

  • Victoria Sims – Solo Acting  
  • Jay Lee – Solo Acting  
  • Rees Sheffield – Solo Acting  

Musical Theatre Superior and going to State  

  • Aubrey Martin – Solo Musical  
  • Graham Waldrop – Solo Musical  
  • Holli Rowan – Solo Musical  
  • Madison Smith – Solo Musical  
  • Lauren Chapin – Solo Musical  
  • Carrie Betts – Solo Musical  
  • Madison Smith and Bailey Henderson – Duet Musical  

Group Musical – 1st Place Superior and going to State  

  • Cullman High – “Whoa Mama” from “Bright Star”  
  • Will Bradberry, Domenico Brunetti, Ava Fales, Bailee Henderson, Holli Rowan, Rees Sheffield, Olivia Shelton, Nolan Smith, Madison Smith, Graham Waldrop  

Group Acting – 3rd Place Superior and going to State  

  • Cullman High School – “Cut” 
  • Sage Andrews, Lauren Chapin, Harrison Drake, Ariel Jacobs, Logan Kee, Alyssa Lindsey, Aubrey Martin, Elle Smith, Lydia Wells, Braxton White, Ashlin Shulte  

One Act Awards  

  • Best In Show – Invitation to Perform at State to represent D3  
  • Best Ensemble  
  • Best Costumes  
  • Best Sets  
  • Best Tech  
  • Two Best Lead Actors – Will Bradberry and Domenico Brunetti  
  • Best Supporting Actor – Lake Murphree  
  • One Act All Star Cast – Avery Drake, Carrie Betts, and Madison Smith 

Coming Thursday and Friday 

“Over the River and Through the Woods” 

By Cullman High School Theatre, at Cullman High School 

Thursday, Nov. 11 and Friday, Nov. 12, 7:00 p.m. both nights 

$5 admission 

Cook said, “It is a great heartwarming show and I hope everyone will come see it and support our program.” 

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