By Kaitlin Keane
Register Chief Photographer
Madison Central and Madison Southern high schools are among 17 schools competing today (Friday) in the 2012 Community Theatre Festival competition at the University of Kentucky.
Southern is one of three schools completing for the first time in the for high schools from across the state.
Since September, the MSHS students have been working on the one-act play, “A Moment in Time,” by Eddie Kennedy, former drama teacher at Berea Community School.
"I think its a good piece, and they have done a good job with the piece," said Rebecca Tomlin, MSHS theater director.
During the competition each school will 45 minutes on stage to construction a set, perform their play and then get everything off stage. If they go over on time they get disqualified.
The performance is completely student-run, from the stage crew, lighting, sound board, and acting. The faculty director is not even allowed back stage to help the students, Tomlin said.
“They have to do everything, all I can do is sit and watch,” she said.
Madison Southern performs at 2:30 p.m., and Madison Central performs at 11 a.m. today in UK’s Guignol Theatre.
The top two performances of the festival will represent Kentucky at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville.
“I'm really hopeful, Tomlin said. “I think they have a really good shot of doing very well tomorrow.”