The Lake Lure Classical Academy (LLCA) Theatre Department has much to celebrate as they recently brought home honors from the 2018 North Carolina Theatre Competition (NCTC) High School Play Festival, held recently at Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs. LLCA’s dynamic Theatre Program, led by performing and visual arts teacher Layne Long, made the Lake Lure community proud with a presentation of their original play, A Touch of Death.  

The LLCA students’ original play leads audiences on a journey between a present-day café and Purga Limbo, a place “where it ain’t so great, but it ain’t so bad.” Directed by Mrs. Long, A Touch of Death was written and performed by LLCA drama students Freshman Tony Sena, Freshman Mariska Grayson, Junior Aaliyah Kremzar, Senior Liv Giurintano, Freshman Kylie Long, Freshman Jack Terry, and Freshman Katie Willett. The student production also featured Senior Stephen Snyder and Senior Mercy Witherspoon on lights and Junior Naomi White and Junior Brianne Morris on sound design. 

According to Mrs Long, this is the third year LLCA has entered NCTC, and the third year they’ve won awards. In previous years, LLCA was honored for Excellence in Style, Acting, and Sound Design. She says one of the biggest challenges her students face is not yet having an actual stage to rehearse upon and set up the technical elements, including sound and lighting design. But with the opening of the new Gymnatorium, that will soon change.