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CHS Drama takes their show on the road


Taking the show on the road proved to be a learning experience for the 15 members of the Corbin High School Drama Class.
The students took their rendition of “Paul’s Case” to the Southeastern Theatre Competition in Chattanooga, Tenn. over the weekend. Theatre Director Schann Mobley said the performance drew solid reviews from the three judges, who gave Corbin two excellents and one superior score. Only the winner and the runner-up were announced in the competition.
“They complimented our training, projection and diction,” Mobley said of what the judges liked about the Corbin’s performance. “They also liked our set design concept, noting its simplicity. A lot of the shows were very prop heavy.”
Corbin walked off with several more individual awards as seniors Evan Baylor and Katie Noble both made the all-star cast.
Mobley said the biggest adjustment was going from the Betty Hamilton Center for the Performing Arts to the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga.
“It is a very old theatre and such a big place,” Mobley said. What an honor to watch your students perform in such a beautiful theatre,” she added on her Facebook page. “I saw some of the best performances from my kids today.”
Mobley added that the program, which began through a grant, but has grown into a staple at Corbin High School, has reached this level because of the continuing support of the community.
“Our funding comes from ticket sales and donations,” Mobley noted, “I feel like the community owns this program.”
Mobley wanted to thank members of the community who came out to the fundraiser that financed the trip to Chattanooga, dropping money in the collection plate and paying well for the items available at the silent auction.
“We had one person who paid $300 for a plate of cupcakes,” Mobley noted.
In addition, Mobley said local officials including Whitley County Clerk Kay Schwartz, Jailer Ken Mobley, Judge-Executive Pat White Jr., Circuit Court Clerk Gary Barton and Corbin School Board Attorney Bob Hammons donated funds to help make the trip possible.
Though the program will be changing dramatically next year with the departure of Baylor, Noble and fellow seniors Dakota Dean and Martin Jones, Mobley said the program has underclassmen and now middle school students who have the potential to fill their shoes.
“They have become such good actors that it is part of their identity,” Mobley said of the seniors. “It has made them more confident, better problem solvers, leaders and better able to take on responsibility. If they continue in acting, they have a lot of experience. If they don’t, they are still better prepared to go on in whatever they choose to do.”
To help the program reach the next level, Mobley said it needs more technical support.
The seniors will have the opportunity to take a final bow and the next generation will have a chance to show off their skills in the coming weeks.
With the theatre competition wrapped up, Mobley said work is continuing on the Redhound Theatre’s performance of “Little Women,” the musical.
Dakota Dean will take on the lead role, starring as “Jo.” Opening night is set for April 12 with performances at 7 p.m. on April 13 and 14 and 19-21.
The eighth grade students at Corbin Middle School will take to the Redhound Theatre Stage as well with their performance of “Sabotage at the Savoy.”
Mobley said it is a Sherlock Holmes play. The curtain will go up at 8 p.m. on May 7.