CATA students to stage 2 plays

Nov. 02, 2013 @ 04:52 PM

Theater students at Central Academy of Technology and Performing Arts have prepared two plays to present at the North Carolina Theatre Conference High School Play Festival. 

Before they perform at Union Pines High School in Cameron, Union County residents will have the opportunity to view their performances of “The Parchman Hour” and “Coming Attractions.” 

The shows will be performed Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. 

“Coming Attractions” is a dark comedy about a serial killer. Theater Teacher Larry Robinson said he has done the show before, but it has been a number of years since he has done it. 

“It’s a very good ensemble show,” Robinson said. 

He said the senior class is performing it and it gives each students a lot to do in the show. 

“It’s a very challenging piece because it has a very distinctive style to it,” Robinson said. While the original has musical numbers, they have cut all but one for the performance. 

The play was written by Ted Tally, who won an Oscar for his “Silence of the Lambs” screenplay. 

“It’s a very well written piece,” Robinson said. 

“The Parchman Hour” is a show Robinson learned about over the summer at a conference. 

“I had not read the show, I had not seen it, but just based on what I heard in the work session, I was just amazed at this show and I said I have got to do this show,” he said. 

The show is about Freedom Riders in 1961 held in Parchman Prison in Mississippi. In order to pass time and deal with their situation, they created a variety show to keep each other entertained, which is what the play portrays. 

Robinson said he was looking for a show with a message and “The Parchman Hour” filled those needs. 

It is also an ensemble show and has been challenging for the students. It incorporates music and choreography. 

“For both of the shows, the kids, I think, have really enjoyed the challenges that each of the shows provides,” Robinson said. 

In addition to a nice of good theater, Robinson encourages people to come see the shows.

“I would really encourage anyone to come see this show because I think there are many valuable lessons to be learned from watching it,” Robinson said. 

Next weekend the students, in addition to students from Sun Valley High School, will travel to compete.