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HCHS drama team reclaims crown as best in the district / February 19, 2009
Special to the News & Record
Halifax County High School's Drama Team has won the Western Valley District Drama Competition for the second time in three years. The Comets' winning play, "Mark Twain's Adam and Eve," is a new adaptation of Twain's "Diary of Adam" and "Diary of Eve," by Greg Donner. The win advances the team to the Northwest Regional Championships on February 28 at Albemarle High School.
In addition to winning the team championship, the Comets placed two actors on the five member All District team. Macaulay Hammond and Taylor Broome, who had the title roles in the production, were unanimous choices by the judges. They will be attempting to duplicate their success in the regional competition.
Additional members of the cast include Daniesha Carr and Matthew Ballou, who served as narrator and numerous characters, both human and animal. Both played multiple roles as animals and people to provide the audience with a visual depiction of the narrative provided by the two leading actors.
Director Donner was pleased with the outcome and most complimentary of the entire cast in the win. He notes, "I was especially happy to have a strong showing on the All Star acting list because it gives our students credit for their hard work. In the three years we have been competing in this event, we have placed more individuals on the All District Cast than any other team. I think this reflects well on our Drama program as a whole and the level of excellence we can develop."
The team travels to Charlottesville on February 28 and will be trying to earn a spot in the VHSL State Competition. The Comets have a very experienced group and high hopes for a successful outing. Donner knows that there will be strong competition for the two schools that will advance. He notes, "The other districts are very competitive and include schools with long records of success. We have shown that we can compete with the best and barely missed a State level appearance two years ago. We will have to give our very strongest performance if we hope to get to the next level."

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