Oak Grove High School Wins Regional Theatre Conference

Oak Grove High School’s production of “Tales of Trickery” won the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s “Best Production” award Saturday in Chattanooga, Tenn. Oak Grove represented Mississippi after winning the Mississippi Theatre Association’s Dominic J. Cunetto Best Production award in January.

“I am extremely proud of this cast and crew to be able to work together for this long as a team to achieve the ultimate goal,” said Oak Grove director Suzanne Allmon.  “It is pretty amazing for high school students.”

In addition to taking home the top high school honors, the cast earned awards for Best Ensemble Acting, Best Scenic Design and was named Most Congenial Group.  Noel Anderson, a sophomore, was named to the All-Star Cast, and Christian Green took home the award for Best Actor.  Green was also selected as the 2008 SETC Best Actor.

“I really am excited to receive this award at the national level,” Green said.  “This is what I want to do with my life, and I am honored to be singled out for this award with the level of competition this year.”

MTA President Tom Booth praised Oak Grove’s accomplishments at the SETC competition, which featured performances from nine high schools across the South.

“I am so proud of Oak Grove High School,” Booth said. “I knew at the MTA State Festival that it was the type of production that could go all the way.  We are so happy that Oak Grove under Suzanne’s leadership was rewarded for its hard work.”

Oak Grove’s victory marks the third time that a Mississippi school has won Best Production honors.  Callaway High School won in 1978, and Washington High School won in 1991.

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