Calhoun High School brought home top honors after competing on the Warner Robins High School stage Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 for the Georgia High School Association AAA State Competition for One Act.
Eight high schools that represented the best in their regions competed for the state championship title. Calhoun High School’s musical “Catch Me If You Can” was a show stopper and captured the GHSA state championship.
Director Julie Leggett was elated. “We are so grateful for the community support for the arts in our schools and for the hard work and dedication of our students, our parents, staff and administration,” said Leggett. “It is a tremendous team effort.”
The musical is based on the real life story of Frank Abignale, Jr. Joseph Taylor, who played Abagnale, and Sarah Green, the lead Jet Set girl, were named to the Region All Star Cast prior to the state competition.
Following the region win, Frank Abignale, Jr. himself sent a congratulatory letter and signed one of the school’s play posters.
“The students were excited to make the connection with the musical’s real life character,” said Leggett. “It was pretty cool.”
Leggett, who won the 2016 Shuler Director of the Year Award for High School Musical Theatre and has coached teams to seven region championships and two state titles in the past decade, is still on cloud nine.
A reception was held at the Calhoun Performing Arts Center on Sunday to welcome the state champions back home.
“I am so proud of these students and appreciative of the creative talents of Mrs. Leggett and her team,” said CHS principal Dr. Peter Coombe.
Superintendent Dr. Michele Taylor echoed these sentiments. “The arts are alive and well in Calhoun City Schools,” said Taylor. “If you’ve seen a kindergarten musical, a choral performance, a half-time show at Phil Reeve Stadium, a play in the Black Box Theatre or a show in the Performing Arts Center, you’ve witnessed excellence in the arts. It is our goal to continue to exceed the community’s expectations.”
Members of the cast and crew included: Joseph Taylor, Drew Gravitt, Lex Bennett, Anne Fogle Jones, Ryleigh Roberts, Wyatt Stone, Travis Land, Drew Eickman, Abby Crowe, Mary Grace Dudley, Hayley Graham, Sarah Green, Lillie Jackson, Kathrynn Stockman, Sophia Talley, Idaicia McConnell, Jahlaynia Winters, Megan Wright, Ned Abernathy, Riley Anderson, Matthew McCanless, Jackson Murray, Nate Stockman, Santiago Valdez, Brody Bushong, Vivianne Funes, Campbell Govignon, Ryan Hamann, Julie Hayes, Hollis Mathis, Caroline Leggett, Rebecca Guthrie, Deyonna Jackson, Elizabeth Goble, Megan Randolph, Lydia Mnieckowski, Jamien Christopher, Christian Phillips, Ben Bingham, Mia Maffetone, Yesenia Garcia, Hannah Dimeler, Zoey Stephens, Maci Parker, Avery Lester, Cindy Rodriquez, Konner Johnson, Sadie Silvers, Exodus James, Callie Sutton, Kendall Wade.
Music and Sound Direction was provided by Darlene Wright. Assistant Directors were Rob Thompson and India Galyean. Choreography was provided by Jessica Smith. Technical assistance was provided by Ben Riley and Jacob Wise.