NSAA associate director and director of play production Deb Velder says it’s thrilling to give students the opportunity to perform on one of the state’s premier stages.
Velder says 36 schools will compete in six classes and the field of competition grows each year.
“Schools have become more actively involved. We’ve been able to promote it to the point that it’s a very high visibility activity across the state because the majority of our schools do participate in this,” Velder says. “It has gotten parents, it has gotten grandparents, it has gotten the student body excited.”
She says it’s a big honor for the students to compete with the best of the best.
“Those students on that stage, they put it out there just as much as that basketball player does on the court or the volleyball player or the football player on the field,” Velder says. “When you are there and you can see the emotions and excitement of those students receiving their recognition, it means just as much to them no matter what arena they are in.”
Velder also says the Johnny Carson Theatre is one of the premier facilities in the state and she encourages everyone to come watch the performances through Friday.
For a full schedule, visit NSAAHome.org.
By Nick Stevenson, WJAG, Norfolk