Williams Fest Student Drama Competition, Star Attraction

CLARKSDALE – When Broadway stars, regional actors, and distinguished scholars critiqued Clarksdale’s 20th Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival, their Number One attraction earning wow reviews was the Student Drama Competition.

Performing monologues and scenes from Tennessee Williams plays, the fledgling actors not only soaked up praise and advice from theatre professionals, they also went home with hefty cash awards totaling $2,500 for their school drama departments.

The cash prizes donated by Coahoma Community College are presented to promote theatre and the works of Tennessee Williams. Student winners receive engraved trophies.

Later the winners recreated their performances on stage at Ground Zero Blues Club.

Monologue competition winners were: Kaitria Hanski, of Hernando High School, first place, $500; Lexi Lane of Hernando, second, $200; Dominique Stowers, Mississippi School of Art, third, $100; and Chris Johnson, honorable mention, Hernando High.

Scene winners were: Northwest Rankin of Brandon, first, $700; Hernando High School, second, $400; Coahoma County High School, third, $200.

Stella Shouting contest winners were Anna Traylor, Northwest Rankin, female, $100, and Jerome Coley, Coahoma County Junior High, male, $100.

The Best Costume Award was won by Coahoma County High School scene cast, $100; and the Judges Award, Connor McGirty of Northwest Rankin, $100.

The competition took place in CCC’s newly renovated Georgia Lewis Theatre and opened with a breakfast hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Coahoma County Tourism Commission. Kappi Allen, tourism director, was in charge of the competition, and judges were out-of-town theatre professionals who scored each performance.


Anna Traylor of Northwest Rankin High recreates her award-winning Stella Shout at the Ground Zero Blues Club finale Saturday night.


On stage at Ground Zero Blues Club, Northwest Rankin High School students, present the scene from A Streecar Named Desire than won first place and $700.


The award-winning exotic costumes of Coahoma County High School students on stage at CCC’s Georgia Lewis Theatre, accent their scene from Camino Real.