CHS Theatre continues historic run; community support sought

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Cullman High School Theatre students celebrate their best-in-show win at the 82nd Annual Walter Trumbauer High School Theatre Festival. (Cullman City Schools)

CULLMAN, Ala. – For the Cullman High School (CHS) Theatre Department, the show must go on. Specifically, the show “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” must go on to Lexington, Kentucky, March 1-5 to compete in the Southeastern Theatre Conference after winning Best-in-Show at the 82nd Annual Walter Trumbauer High School Theatre Festival at Troy University in December.  

At Trumbauer, the CHS performers faced competition from throughout the state including Anniston, Hoover, Auburn and Mountain Brook. Despite going against often larger schools with bigger budgets, our local thespians were victorious with Domenico Brunetti, Ava Fales, Bailee Henderson, Jameson Inscho, Holli Rowan and Graham Waldrop named All-Star Cast. 

CHS Theatre’s All-Star Cast (Cullman City Schools)

“We had the most of all of the schools in the state win All-Star Cast,” Director Wayne Cook shared. “I’m very proud of them.” 

Speaking of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, Cook said, “In the state of theatre, there’s not a better award. This is the top for us. We’re very thankful!” 

Cook continued, “We are fundraising for our trip. It takes a lot of money to take 45 students to Lexington, Kentucky, for five days. We’re trying to find people to give sponsorships to our program. For sponsorships of $100 or more, the sponsor would be put on our T-shirts. We’re also selling tickets to our sendoff show. On Feb. 24 we’re going to do our show one more time and we’re giving away $1,000 to a person who has bought a ticket. It’s one last opportunity to see the show locally!” 

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Cook at wcook@cullmancats.net or  256-739-3923.