OGHS Theatre represents state in competition

Three members of the state champion Oak Grove High School Theatre group received All-Star Casts and 14 students earned more than 450 callbacks during the 68th annual Southeastern Theatre Conference last week in Lexington, Ky.

Oak Grove High School Theatre Director Suzanne Allmon said she was proud of her performers.

“Oak Grove High School Theatre did very well,” she said. “We received three All-Star Casts – Madison DeBerry, Austin English and Liam McCarty. We also had wonderful comments from the adjudicators about our production. I had 14 juniors and seniors audition for more than 150 colleges and universities and they received more than 450 callbacks. That’s over a million dollars in scholarships offered to them!”

The annual SETC Convention brings more than 4,000 members together for three days of workshops, keynotes, performance festivals, auditions, college recruiting, job interviews and more. Oak Grove High School had 44 students traveling to the national competition at a cost of $22,000.

“We just won our 10th state title,” Allmon said earlier. “That is more than any other school has won in the State of Mississippi.”

Oak Grove claimed the state title over nine other schools and represented Mississippi for the 11th time in the national competition along with Ocean Springs.

Oak Grove performed “Failure: A Love Story” by Philip Dawkins in the competition.