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School Drama Teams to Compete at SU

Dec. 5, 2007 

SELINSGROVE, ( Pa.) - Approximately 60 students from six high schools will participate Dec. 8 in the Pennsylvania High School Speech League (PHSSL) state drama festival at Susquehanna University. Performances will begin at 8 a.m. in Degenstein Center Theater. Admission is free and open to the public.

The festival is the culmination of district and regional competitions held across the commonwealth, during which six drama teams were chosen to advance to the state contest.

During the festival, the finalists will have 20-40 minutes to perform a one-act play, a selection from a longer work or an original production before a panel of five judges who will choose the best drama team in the state.

The state's central region will be represented by Shikellamy High School located in Sunbury, and Trinity High School, located in Camp Hill.

Westmont Hilltop High School in Johnstown and Aliquippa High School will represent the western region. The eastern region will be represented by Towanda High School and Scranton High School.

The judges are Joyce Hendricks, director of musical productions at Selinsgrove Area High School; Ken Kopf, performer/director of The Valley Players; Andrew Rich, assistant professor of theatre at Susquehanna University; Marti Row, dramatic director and forensic coach at St. Monica School in Sunbury; and Jan Wilson, board member of the Allenberry Playhouse.

Founded in 1961, PHSSL's purpose is to stimulate an understanding of and appreciation for all areas of speech through educational competition. In August 1993, PHSSL moved its state office from Penn State to Susquehanna University under the direction of Larry Augustine, professor of communications and theatre arts.

Contact: Victoria Kidd
570-372-4119

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