Trumbauer Drama Festival
Huntsville City Schools Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Program at Lee High School Hosting 82nd Annual Trumbauer Drama Festival
Please note: this event is only open to registered members of the Alabama Conference of Theatre.
About the Walter J. Trumbauer Festival
The Walter J. Trumbauer District Festival will be hosted by Lee High School on November 4th-5th for schools in what is considered the North Alabama District, Huntsville City, Madison City, and Madison County Public and Private Schools. Named after Walter J. Trumbauer, a professor of theatre at the University of Montevallo, the festival seeks to highlight performances of student theatre artists, introduce professionals and professors to young performers, and recognize the best performers and designers in the state. Trumbauer has become a tradition that every theatre student in Alabama looks forward to and remembers long after graduation.
The festival consists of thirty individual events, a one act play festival, a studio theatre one act play festival for 9th through 12th graders, as well as scholarship auditions and college screening for high school seniors and junior college students. Once students compete in the district festival, participants may qualify for the state level competition. Students qualify for the state competition by earning a rating of “superior” based on their performances. At all levels of the competition, students receive critiques from qualified teachers, professionals, and theatre practitioners, allowing them to improve their theatrical skills. The state festival, generally held in the winter, kicks off with the scholarship audition session on Thursday evening. High school seniors and junior college students compete for four $1000 ACT Scholarships. Friday and Saturday events culminate in an Awards Ceremony where trophies, plaques, medals, and other awards are presented to recognize outstanding work in technical categories and performance areas. Two one act productions are chosen to represent Alabama at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in the spring.
Setting the Stage
The Creative and Performing Arts Magnet Program at Lee High School will host this exciting event for the second time. Mr. James “Chris” Carter, Lee Magnet Theatre Director, is serving for the third year as District Chair for the Theatre Festival. It is under Mr. Carter’s Leadership that the teachers at Lee can plan and manage various events throughout the two-day event for more than 1,000 students as well as over two hundred volunteers and judges! This Theatre “Marathon” requires true leadership and commitment, which undoubtedly defines Mr. Carter!
About the District Chair
Chris Carter graduated from Lee High School in 2002. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with a specialty in Directing from the University of Memphis. Chris is a member of the Actors Equity Association, as well as a recommended actor combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors- holding certificates in unarmed, knife, rapier and dagger, broadsword, sword and shield, single sword, and small sword. Former acting credits include the National and International Tours of Warner Brothers’ “Scooby Doo, Live in Stage fright!” as well as northeast regional productions of “Phantom,” “Oklahoma!’ and “Chicago.” Chris has been involved in education for over a decade, is excited to be home working at his Alma Mater, and looks forward to continuing the trend of excellence in the arts with the Creative and Performing Arts Magnet. Recently Chris was awarded Outstanding Teacher of 2020-2021 by the Alabama PTA.
- B.A. In Music with specialties in Vocal Performance- University of Alabama at Birmingham
- M.F.A. In Theatre with specialties in Directing- University of Memphis.
Trumbauer Awards and Accolades District I
(Huntsville City, Madison City, Madison County Public and Private Schools)
- Known as the most competitive district in the state with two of the 3 Best Show awards at Trumbauer State Festival in the last 14 years.
- Recipients of top performance accolades in individual events during state finals.
- District I have earned the nickname of “District Won” at state finals due to the overwhelming number of awards garnered.
Huntsville City Schools wishes all participants the absolute best. Perform well students!