Collin Walters of Midland Valley High received the Best Actor Award

Garcia Theatre Project

As part of the 15th annual Garcia Theatre Project, students from North Augusta, Midland Valley, Ridge Spring-Monetta and South Aiken high schools participated in workshops, including an improvisational class taught by USCA theater students, in the morning. In the afternoon, actors and technicians from each school presented a one-act play.
After their performances, students received awards.

Plays performed were:

“Baggage” by Christian Kiley at 12:30 p.m.: Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle/High School; Kerry Jackson, faculty representative

“Rats!” by Agatha Christie at 1:25 p.m.: South Aiken High School; Ramona Parsons, faculty representative

“May I Have Your Attention Please?” by Catherine Rhoden-Goguen at 2:20 p.m.: Midland Valley High School; Stephanie Trotter, faculty representative

“Bernice Bobs Her Hair” by D.D. Brooke at 3:15 p.m.: North Augusta High School; Carol Creamer, faculty representative

Karol Stewart of South Aiken High was named Best Student Director, and Kiara Gamble of Midland Valley High received an Honorable Mention as Student Director.

All-Star Cast members were as follows: Latashia Lockett, Ridge Spring-Monetta High; Caroline Pethick, South Aiken High; Reggie Vinson, Midland Valley High; Jaxen Coleman, Midland Valley High; Courtney Van-Eck, Ridge Spring-Monetta High; Maurice Milton, North Augusta High; Zach Phillips, South Aiken High; and Joel Napier, North Augusta High.

The project started 15 years ago as a partnership between the theater program at USCA and the Public Education Partners, which supports public schools, to promote theater in the Aiken County Public Schools. A few years later, Carlos and Karen Garcia agreed to sponsor the event.

“We wanted an opportunity for theater to be performed in the high schools, so we started this one-act play festival,” Benjamin said.

Student Director at the Helm of Arts Activism in Mississippi

Ariel William will see the fruition of her work take the stage May 3, 2017 as Mississippi School of Math and Science in Columbus, MS brings May I Have Your Attention, Please? to the stage. William has the distinction of being the first student director for May I Have Your Attention, Please? in her state.

‘The students have enjoyed working on the play, and embrace its activism.” Dr. Easterling

The cast has been so gracious as to give us a sneak peak from their rehearsals as they prepare to spread the message via this play. They plan to utilize counselors at their school to answer any questions at the conclusion of the play. What a great way to start the dialogue that may change or save a life. #BreakLegs and thanks for using the Arts for Activism!  #Theatre4Change


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Jackson Sparkman (Chris Borthwick)

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(l to r): Calvin Hu (Keith Borthwick); Cloie Garris (Lilly Borthwick), Brenda Borthwick (Sage Schaumburg), and Antonio Kingston (Mikel     Sandifer)

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Eilse Cook (Charlie); Wrishija Roy (Jill Borthwick)

Meet the First Chris Borthwick

May I Have Your Attention, Please? was first written as a short story but when I was asked to start a drama program from scratch, which had no money for scripts, royalties etc, I adapted the short story I had written in college into the play version that everyone sees now. I am honored to spotlight for you the actor who was the first Chris Borthwick, 20 years ago in 1997. Meet Josh Collins.

17577941_10158654542620647_1693334078_n Joshua Michael Collins,  34 year old who just got back into acting. Currently represented by V&C Talent agency, Bowling Green, KY.

Q. How does it feel to be the first actor to breathe life into Chris Borthwick?

“It is a true honor to be the first to portray Chris. It’s a character that we all on some level can connect with. At some point in our lives, we or someone we know has felt total isolation. Given the chance to share and hopefully, enlighten someone to realize the risk of suicide that many face is so important. I just hope that someone who has seen or will see Chris’ story can change their outlook.”

Q. What age were you when you played Chris? How did you find the emotions for Chris that range from wacky, class clown to dark and disturbed?

“I was 14 and always a bit of a class clown naturally. For the painful emotions, I always recalled the moments that had hurt me the most and transferred those emotions to the performance.”
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Q. What advice would you give to actors who will play this role?
“My advice is the same as the technical approach that I used. Find that place where you know you have been, or find someone who may be alone or depressed. Reach out to them. Hopefully, you will help them as well as yourself.”
Q. Did you have any idea at that time that the play would go on to reach people worldwide?
“The fact that the play is performed worldwide doesn’t surprise me, because it has such a powerful message.  It changed me. It taught me to pay more attention because loved ones may not be as happy as they appear. And yes! I can still say my ABC’s backwards.”

Award Winning Performance!

Best representative of Festival Spirit and Scene with the most Impact

Henry Gordon Academy performance of May I Have Your Attention, Please?

Drama Festival Results:

  • Best representative of Festival Spirit and Scene with the most Impact
  • Tyler Mugs – Best Actor and Best Solo Dramatic Performance
  • Claire Melissa Sainsbury – Best Supporting Actor
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Overall Winner

Stay tuned for a complete spotlight on this amazing cast, crew and Director and their first ever regional win! Expect the spotlight in May after their performance at Provincials. #BreakaLeg #Theatre4Change  #endingthestigma

Cambridge HS Night of One Acts, Milton, GA


Emma Toor to direct, May I Have Your Attention, Please?


(Photo and article, North Fulton Neighbor News)

Cambridge High School Advanced Drama Company Seniors will sit in the director’s chair for the company’s “One Acts” series to be performed on March 16 and 17.

“We have five seniors that have been rehearsing the one act plays,” said said Cambridge High School Drama Director Tracey Buot.

All directors are members of the Cambridge Advanced Drama Company.

“The Harsher” will be performed on March 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. in the Cambridge Theatre.

It will be accompanied by two additional one-act performances per evening.

“May I have your attention, please?” and “No More Mister Nice Guy,” will be performed on March 16.

“Dinner with the MacGuffins” and “Happy Birthday Dear Grandpa,” on March 17.

Tickets are $5 and sold at the door.

Cambridge High School is at 2845 Bethany Road in Milton.

More information about the theater department is available at

Lindsay Moscarello is a reporter for Neighbor Newspapers in and around Roswell. She graduated from Auburn University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication.


UPCOMING PERFORMANCES and a New Canadian Province

senioroneactsProud to say, May I Have Your Attention, Please? will soon be performed in another Canadian Province. Thanks, Newfoundland for spreading the message! It is up to 4 Canadian Provinces, 27 US States and Scotland! Keep spreading the message!  #Theatre4Change



03/16/2017 Ponderosa Players, Henry Gordon Academy, CARTWRIGHT, GOOSE BAY , NF

03/16/2017 CAMBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL, MILTON, GA 7 p.m. in the Cambridge Theatre


05/01/2017 GLENOMA , WASHINGTON (2 performances)

GRANITVILLE, SC (2 performances)


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