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High School Theatre Festival

Friday, March 4, 2022

Get to know the UNC School of Theatre Arts and Dance at the 2022 High School Theatre Festival! You will have the opportunity to work with faculty and students in our morning workshops, audition for our programs, and attend an afternoon matinee of our spring musical, Something Rotten





We are so excited to offer an engaging day full of fun workshops and performances! Schedule subject to change as details are solidified.

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8:45 - 9:20am


Campus Map

9:20 - 9:40am

Welcome Session

9:50 - 11:30am


We are thrilled to offer several engaging workshops presented by UNC faculty and current students. Each workshop will be offered in both of the session blocks.

See our list of workshops

11:30 - 12:45pm

Lunch (On Your Own)

Check out some local favorites or enjoy lunch in our dining halls!

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12:45 - 3:30pm

Matinee Performance of Something Rotten!

Join us for a special performance of our spring mainstage musical, Something Rotten! This scheduled manitee is exclusive to participants of the UNC High School Theatre Festival. 

View Something Rotten! details

3:30 - 4:00pm



Audition Success! Resources for finding audition songs

Dr. Carrie Klofach

During this workshop, Dr. Klofach will share online and book resources for finding audition songs that work for your voice and are age-appropriate. Be prepared to ask questions based on the songs you use for auditions.

Cuing to Music

Professor Brian Hapcic

Come watch current students execute class projects involving pre-programmed lighting cues.

Directing: Using Stage Composition to Tell the Story

Dr. Rand Harmon

In this workshop, student directors are introduced to basic stage composition theories and techniques by studying the compositions of classic painters.

Hip Hop Dance

Julie Wolfrum

A movement class exploring old-school hip-hop dance. Learn classic moves and a brief history of hip-hop and its vital role in American culture.

Monologues: What Really Works

Professor Ken Womble 

This workshop focuses on how to make your monologue pop and grab the auditors' attention by focusing on key dramatic and physical elements. Areas covered include connecting from the first moment, creating your "other," and physicalizing beat changes. STUDENTS SHOULD BRING A WELL PREPARED ONE MINUTE MONOLOGUE.

Music and History of Latinx theatre

Operation: Cheesecake (student group)

A split workshop, the first half celebrating and educating on the important contributions of historical and present Latinx theatre makers, the second half is a dance section to We Don't Talk About Bruno from Encanto.

Professional Musical Theatre Audition Techniques

Professor John Leonard

Learn all the proper techniques for Musical Theatre auditions, resumes, headshots, and dance auditions.

Prop Gizmology

Mary Houston

A demo and a bit of hands-on in fabricating prop items from found objects and non-traditional materials. Focus on: how to see materials and objects for their shapes and textures vs. their intended use, methods for attaching different types of materials, Methods for coating different materials.

Sketch Comedy with Hello, My Name is!

Hello, My Name is! (student group)

Come hang out and laugh with UNC’s resident sketch comedy troupe “Hello, My Name Is” to learn about the world of of sketch writing, producing video content, and performing regularly for our students and community.