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    -- David Mamet

North Gwinnett Middle Wins Junior Theatre Festival Outstanding Performance Award

Discovery Student Ryan Lewis Places 2nd in State for August Wilson Monologue

March 15, 2017

On Friday, March 3rd, Ryan Lewis (2nd from left) participated in the State level competition of the August Wilson Monologue Competition.  He was the only Gwinnett County student to advance to the state round and he took 2nd place. Ryan will move on to the National Round held in New York later in April.

(l to r) Kenny Leon; 2nd Place Winner Ryan Lewis (Discovery HS); 1st Place Winner Raven Pace (Tri-Cities HS); 
3rd Place Winner Miguel Corado (Martha Ellen Stilwell); Director of Education, Mrs. Nikki Toombs

The August Wilson Monologue Competition was founded in 2007 by Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta. The national program is produced in collaboration between Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company and Jujamcyn Theaters. The program is now in ten states nationwide, including Georgia ,Massachusetts, Illinois, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Texas and North Carolina.


This national level competition is a free arts education program celebrating the words of the playwright August Wilson, inspiring high school students to find and express themselves through theatre.


August Wilson was an American playwright. His literary legacy is a series of ten plays, The American Century Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each is set in a different decade, depicting the comic and tragic aspects of the African-American experience in the 20th century.

North Gwinnett Middle Wins Junior Theatre Festival Outstanding Performance Award

January 17, 2017

The North Gwinnett Middle School Theatre Program was recognized at the Junior Theatre Festival this weekend with the Outstanding Performance Award. 111 Groups participated in the event. The program performed Peter Pan Jr. and was recognized on the Festival Social Media Site with:

NGMS Drama – Disney’s Peter Pan Jr: Said Cerniglia, “This presentation was amazing!!! NGMS Drama showed us beautiful singing, dancing, and acting. They really showed us what it means to be an ensemble. I was transported to Neverland!” Added McIntyre-Martinez, “MacKenzie Joy, the student choreographer, created brilliant work. The movement was clever, supported character, and gave us fun storytelling. As a whole, this ensemble of young performers embodied the magic of theatre. They are truly outstanding, talented rock stars of the future.”

Along with this award the following students received individual awards and recognition at the festival:

MacKenzie Joy – student choreographer

All-Star Performers – Ryan Cruz and Teagan Seay

Broadway Slam Performers – Anna Greenhut and Greg Chalmers

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