Cullman High Theatre raising funds for state finals

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Ava Fales and Jameson Inscho perform in “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.” (Cullman High School/ Facebook)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman High School Theatre will represent its school and community at the Walter Trumbauer High School Theatre Festival, where 12 high schools will be taking their one-act performances to the state finals Dec. 1-3 at Troy University. Schools include Bob Jones, Cullman, Donoho, Gulf Shores, Hoover, Huntsville, James Clemens, Jefferson County Academy of Theatre and Dance, McAdory, Mountain Brook, Opelika and Wetumpka.

To attend the state festival, Cullman Theatre students will be lodging in Montgomery for three nights and will be transported by bus back and forth to Troy University. The group is reaching out to friends and supporters for assistance with travel expenses. Some of the students do not have the resources to fund the trip themselves. The cost per student is $180 for lodging and travel. There will be a group of 55 students on the trip.

Donors will be given various sponsor privileges. Cullman Theatre Director Wayne Cook stated, “We have a list of things we do for those who sponsor our shows based on the amount of their gift. It begins with show tickets and includes being listed and promoted in our programs and on our website.”

The best way to contribute is to make an online donation at

https://cullmancityal.csiepay.com/Views/Payment/Pay.aspx.

Cullman Theatre will present “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” about a China rabbit who experiences a series of ups and downs in his life and learns to handle many challenges. The play is based on a children’s book of the same name.

Cook shared about the production, “I knew it was a great show for kids and I wanted to do something we could share with our elementary schools. I saw it performed at the International Thespian Festival this past summer and made the decision that this would be the year. It sealed the deal for me to see it. I’m not sure students were sold at first. I had to encourage them and help them along. They now realize how special the production is and are glad to be doing it.”

Cook continued, “We have been super fortunate to have been in the finals numerous times since I have been at Cullman. I think this is fifth time we have made the finals. In 2017 we won the state Best in Show with our production of ‘Scrooge.’ It’s a tall order and very competitive, but we’d love to do that again.”

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