Ray of Light Awards showcase area theater high school talent

It’s that time of the year again, when a young man’s (and woman’s) fancy turn to thoughts of — the Ray of Light Awards.

The Community Theatre League will kick off another year of programming to develop and promote the efforts of area high school music theater and drama clubs.

Local and area high schools, generally within an approximate 40-mile radius of  CTL’s downtown Williamsport location, present plays in the fall and musicals in the spring as part of the year-long adjudication.

Honoring the brightest and the best in high school theater,  the annual Ray of Light Awards ceremony will be presented on May 20, 2017, on the stage of the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth  St. Open to the public, the “red carpet” treatment begins at noon, with the program at 2 p.m., and a gala post production party following the ceremony.

CTL’s artistic director Jacquie Engel, who originated and coordinates the popular program, emphasizes that the Ray of Light program is two-pronged. Some schools present a comedy or drama in the fall, and also stage a musical in the spring, while other high schools stage only a big-scale musical in the second semester.Each production is judged by a panel of adjudicators who travel to the competing schools  located in  Lycoming, Clinton, Snyder, Bradford, Tioga, Northumberland and Sullivan counties.

According to Engel, in some respects, this is not a “traditional” fall. One high school is likely to present one act plays, which are not deemed eligible for adjudication. Another area school does not a drama teacher lined up, and may miss the deadline to submit an entry.

Although the fall productions generally end before the Christmas and New Year’s Day break, one school is reportedly pushing its presentation back into January.

And finally, another school is flip flopping its fall and spring productions, since the title and theme of its fall show is a musical.

The tentative fall lineup of productions submitted for the Ray of Light adjudication:

“Anne of Green Gables” (Central Mountain High School) – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Hiding In the Open”  (South Williamsport Area High School) –  7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 12 and 2 p.m. Nov. 13.

“Korczak’s Children” (Muncy High School) – 7 p.m.  Nov. 17, 19 at 7 p.m. and  2 p.m. Nov. 20

“Little Women”  (Midd-West  High School ) — 7 p.m. Nov. 10, 11 and 12.

“Look, Homeward Angel” (Shikellamy High School) – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and 3 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

“White Christmas” (Montoursville Area High School – 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11.

More info on CTL’s  Ray of Light: 570-327-1777 or visit ctlshows.com.

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