The Luxury of Silence

The Theater Department at Carolina Day School has much to celebrate, as they bring home honors from both the 2018 NCTC High School Play Festival and from the NCTC State High School Play Festival.

The theater program, led by David Dvorscak, made the school and community proud with their presentations of “The Luxury of Silence” at the Festivals.

At the Regional Play Festival at Gardner Webb University, CDS was thrilled to bring home the following awards: Outstanding Ensemble and Distinguished Play. Excellence in Directing was adjudicated to David Dvorscak.

After excelling at the Regional Play Festival and being selected as 1 of the top 16 productions in the state, CDS students advanced to perform at the NCTC State High School Play Festival, and their One-Act performance was honored with the following awards: Festival Spirit Award, Theatre Arts Award - Excellence in Dramaturgy, “The Luxury of Silence” - Rating: Superior.

"What's really amazing about this group is that they were the only show at the State Festival that the students wrote themselves," said David Dvorscak. "Everything else was professional playwrights or adult playwrights' writing. So for them to be picked for their show that they put together—from scratch—I think is an amazing accomplishment. It's the second year in a row we've done student-written work, and that's what we want to do more of here at the program."

Peggy Daniels, Upper School Principal at CDS, said, “Each year it is such a treat to see a large group of our theater students bring together an amazing One-Act performance. It is no surprise that they are so successful. Their teacher/director, David Dvorscak, consistently brings out the best in each and every student, giving all of them so much responsibility in the process. David's gifts are many and his humility is also something we cherish and appreciate. In his eyes, it is all about his students and their growth through the performance experience.

“When students are motivated and trusted to take ownership and when they are so well coached, it is a recipe for success. This has been especially evident this year! I am grateful to David and to his terrific One-Act class, and also to all who helped out behind the scenes.”

For over 30 years, the NCTC High School Play Festival has strengthened arts education in schools by bringing curriculum to life, challenging students to do their very best work, and contributing to the development of future audiences for live performing arts. This year, 3,500 students from 89 schools performed 134 plays!

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