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.