The Walter Trumbauer Secondary Theatre Festival

Trumbauer Manuals for Download as PDF files:



In 2016, 1700 students competed in 30 events in both novice and varsity categories at the state competition this year. A big “thank you” to Festival Chair Clint Merritt, Vice-Chair Jeff Glass, ACT President Lonny Harrison, ACT Executive Assistant Dawn Gerrells and over 100 teachers and judges who donated their time to make this year’s festival so successful. Another big thank you to the faculty and students at the University of North Alabama (Florence) for being such gracious hosts.



Michael Clint Merritt, James Clemens High School



Cameron Wasner — Prattville High School
Cecelia Koloski — Thompson High School


1. Emily Green — Pelham High School
2. Caitlin Swindle — Corner High School
3. Kathryn Leigh — Grissom High School


Hope Martin — Thompson High School
Riley Taylor  — Pelham High School
Liam Searcy — Eastern Shore Presbyterian
Alexa Nunn —  Randolph High School
1. Jenna Barnes  — Westminster School of Oak Mountain
2. Gianna Schuetz —  Huntsville High School
3. Marbury Peterson —  Spanish Fort.





Best Ensemble: John Carroll
Best Supporting Actress: Kitty Key, Springwood
Best Supporting Actor: Curry Barker, Baker
Best Actress: Emma Joseph, Baker
Best Actor: Luis Jimenez, John Carroll
Best in Show: Baker, Prattville, Pelham



Best Actress: Abbey Burns in Children of Eden, Opelika
Best Actor: Josh Eubanks in The Yellow Boat, Chelsea
Best Supporting Actress: Brittney Quach in Jungle Book, James Clemens
Best Supporting Actor: Max Johnson in Martin Thurber, Spain Park
Best Ensemble: I Am Angel, Hoover
Best Costumes: Jungle Book, James Clemens
Best Technical: Once Was Lost, Florence
Best Scenery: Resonant Frequency, Bob Jones



Bayshore Christian– Elizabeth Darrough –Much Ado About Nothing
Bayshore Christian — Liam Searcy — Much Ado About Nothing
Bob Jones — Seth Slaton — Resonant Frequency
Chelsea — Brantley Waller — The Yellow Boat
Cullman — Drew Fillinger — Godspell
Donoho — Meghana Giri –All I Need to Know I Learned In Kindegarten
Florence — Sarah Maner — Once I Was Lost
Florence — Georgeanna Cannon –Once I Was Lost
Fort Payne — Dillon Kirby — Pinehill
Fort Payne — John Mark McGuillion — Pinehill
Hoover — Hannah Park — I Am Angel
Huntsville — Connor McMurray — Mad Hatter
James Clemens — Kyle McCormick — Jungle Book
Jefferson County Academy — Andrew Roth — The Tempest
Jefferson County Academy — Melissa Gagnon — The Tempest
Jefferson County Academy — Madeline Shackleford — The Tempest
McAdory — Courtney Reynolds — Unlock
McAdory — Khaliyah Williams — Unlock
McAdory — Dennis Hare — On Lock
Opelika — Abby Miller — Children of Eden
Plainview — Emily Adams — The Dancing of the Grizzle
Plainview — Cameron Bollinger — Dance of the Grizzle
Spain Park — Cameron Ferguson — Martin Thurber
Spain Park — Barrett Bennett — Martin Thurber
UMS-Wright — Catharine Dukes — Viral
WP Davidson — Dedan Dials — Bald Soprano
WP Davidson — Garrett Whalen — Bald Soprano


James Clemens High School, Jungle Book, (SETC REP)
Opelika High School, Children of Eden-Act II (SETC REP)
Spain Park, Martin Thurber, Boy Wonder
Plainview High School, The Dance of the Grizzle
Hoover High School, I Am Angel


Trumbauer Welcome Letter in PDF

Trumbauer General Information in PDF

Note: Students who are not listed on an IE Schedule below or who need a different time for their IE, must go to their event’s room and speak with a judge who will work them into the schedule. The IE schedules below will NOT be altered for individual students.

Trumbauer Room Assignments

Friday IE Schedule in PDF Format

Saturday IE Schedule in PDF Format

State One Act Information:

Studio Schedule, Dec. 2-3

The Walter Trumbauer Festival has provided quality training and performance opportunities for Alabama theatre students at the secondary level since 1940. The educational impact of this event is substantial. The festival consists of 30 individual events, a one act play festival, a studio theatre one act play festival—all for 9th through 12thgrades, as well as scholarship auditions and college screening for high school seniors and junior college students. Students qualify for the state competition by earning a rating of “superior” at one of seven district festivals. At all levels of competition, students receive critiques from qualified teachers, professionals and theatre practitioners, allowing them to improve their theatrical skills. The state festival kicks off with the scholarship audition session on Thursday evening. High school seniors and junior college students compete for six$1000 ACT Scholarships. Friday and Saturday events culminate in an Awards Ceremony where trophies, plaques, medals, and other awards are presented to recognize outstanding work in technical categories and performance areas. Two one act productions are chosen to represent Alabama at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in the spring.


Secondary District Trumbauer Festivals 2016 Dates and Locations

District 1 – November 5 – Lee High School, Huntsville

District 2 – November 5 – Corner High School, Dora

District 3 – November 5 – Florence High School, Florence

District 4 – November 5 – Opelika High School, Opelika

District 5 – November 5 – W.P. Davidson High School, Mobile

District 6 – November 5 – Pelham High School, Pelham

District 7 – November 5 – Northeast Alabama Community College, Rainsville


State Trumbauer Festival 2016 Dates & Location

Senior Scholarship Auditions – December 1, University of North Alabama, Florence

State Trumbauer Festival – December 2 & 3, University of North Alabama, Florence

On-Line Tools

Event Signs -Novice Event Signs-Varsity

Times by 5 Minutes Times by 7 minutes Tech Times x 10 Mins



SEPTEMBER 1: Trumbauer Online Registration Opens. 2016 BLANK JUDGE FORM Judges Forms Available online for completion. Send district judge registration to your District Chair and state judge forms to Jeff Glass (

SEPTEMBER 1: ACT Scholarship Audition Forms available for download on the ACT website under the Scholarship Tab.

OCTOBER 7: District Registration Closes Online and Fees Due to ED. Schools may also pay at District Festival IF ED has a PO# or Check # in advance. NO REFUNDS given once registration confirmed online.

OCTOBER 7: ACT Scholarship Application Form and Fees Due to ED. Students will receive confirmation of registration via email after registration is closed. Go to the Scholarship Tab for the link to the form.

OCTOBER 14: Executive Director sends Trumbauer District Registration to District Chairs.

NOVEMBER 5: District Festivals

NOVEMBER 7: District Chairs send ALL State Qualifiers names/events/schools to ED via email. This report is due the Monday after your District Festival is held!

NOVEMBER 9: State Registration opens online.


1. Final program revisions due. No refunds given after registration confirmed.

2. Completed STATE Trumbauer Judge Form due to Jeff Glass(, Festival Vice-Chair.

NOVEMBER 15: State registration closes online. No refunds given after registration confirmed.

NOVEMBER 21: State Fee Payment Due! Remember Membership Fees are only paid once.

All checks/cash for fees must be received by the date of your first student’s competition, otherwise the student cannot compete. In case of emergency, notify the ED or Festival Chair IN WRITING prior to Nov. 21.

DECEMBER 1: ACT Scholarship Auditions at UAB (Chair: Valerie Accetta:

DECEMBER 2-3: Trumbauer State Festival, University of North Alabama (Chair: Clint Merritt,

Playwriting Deadlines: Playwriting entries must be sent electronically to the District Chair two weeks before district competition. Playwriting entries for State must be sent electronically by Google Docs to the Secondary Chair by the second Friday after the District Competition.