Secondary Theatre Festivals

Winner ensemble musical theatre 2019 Artios Gwinnett “Welcome to the Rock” from Come From Away

Winner ensemble musical theatre 2019 Artios Gwinnett “Welcome to the Rock” from Come From Away


At CITA’s Secondary Theatre Festivals, middle-and high school-aged students:

• Sharpen their skills through performance opportunities and adjudication by theatre professionals

• Attend a wide range of workshops and master classes and

performances presented by industry

professionals and Christian college professors.

• Talk with representatives of theatre programs at Christian colleges and universities

• Meet other Christian theatre students and artists from around the region.

Previous festivals professional guest artists have included:

Stephen and Juliette Trafton (Broadway: Les Miserables Touring: Phantom of the Opera)

Quentin Earl Darrington (Broadway: Once on This Island, Cats, Ragtime)

Dani Davis (Broadway: Little Women, The Lonesome West)

Emerson Steele (Broadway: Violet)

Carol Jaudes (Broadway: Cats)

Grace Morgan (Touring: Phantom of the Opera)

Daniel Berryman (Touring: Les Miserables)

Debra Stipe (Film/TV: Father Figures, Queen Sugar, Full House)

Students in public, private and homeschool settings are invited to attend as an organization or as an individual competitor. Parent passes are available for purchase, which allows admittance to all competition rooms, master classes, performances and workshops.

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What participants have said:

Our students have participated in the CITA Eastern States Festival for several years, and it continues to be a highlight of our school year. The Festival is well-organized, and provides a healthy environment spiritually and professionally. The adjudicators strive to make significant and encouraging comments to every student. A most worthwhile investment for our Theatre and Music Departments!
— Joan Gast, Artios Academies of Gwinnett, GA
This weekend was different than other musical theatre competitions I have participated in, because of the obvious Christian feel. I expected the judges and leadership to have this attitude of course, but I was surprised at how friendly the other groups of students were. It felt so cohesive between groups; despite the fact we were onstage competing against one another! When performing in finals, I felt supported by the entire audience, and it was a feeling I’ll keep with me forever. I learned so much through the insightful judges, and can hardly wait for another great year!
— McKenna, student participant