The Walter Trumbauer High School Theatre Festival

TRUMBAUER HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE FESTIVAL

The Walter Trumbauer Festival has provided quality training and performance opportunities for Alabama theatre students at the high school 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 12th grades, 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 four $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.


104 HIGH SCHOOLS COMPETED AT the 82nd ANNUAL WALTER TRUMBAUER HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE FESTIVAL DECEMBER 2-3, 2022

The 82nd Walter Trumbauer Festival, the major event of the Alabama Conference of Theatre, was hosted at Troy University, Troy, AL on December 2-3. 2022.  104 High School Theatre Programs from throughout the state participated showcasing the talents of 2332 students.  There were a total of 1291 individual theatre vents, 35 group performances, 14 studio shows, and 14 one-act shows.

The Walter Trumbauer Festival has provided quality training and performance opportunities for Alabama theatre students at the high school level since 1940. The educational impact of this event is substantial. The festival consists of 31 individual events, group acting and group musical, a one-act play festival, a studio theatre play festival—all for 9th through 12th grades, 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. 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.

One-Act Theatre Awards:

Cullman High School’s production of Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane directed by Wayne Cook and Bob Jones High School’s production of Opening Night for the Diva directed by Mary Davis and Jessie Tilton will be advancing to compete at the Southeast Theatre Conference, March 1-5, 2023, in Lexington, KY.

Additional awards in One-Acts include:

 BEST TECHNICAL DESIGN
PLAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Victor Fort Payne High School Paul Crawford
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMERS
PLAY SCHOOL STUDENT
Opening Night for the Diva Bob Jones High School Dylan Henrie
Shuddersome: Tales of Poe James Clemens High School Carley Parker
BEST LEADING PERFORMERS
PLAY SCHOOL STUDENT
Silent Sky Donoho High School Claire Paine
John Lennon & Me Wetumpka High School Monica Velma
BEST IN SHOW
PLAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Shuddersome: Tales of Poe James Clemens High School Amy Patel & Clint Merrit
Victor Fort Payne High School Paul Crawford
The Laramie Project Jefferson County Academy of Theatre and Dance Carl Deal

Awards in Studio Theatre Shows include:

BEST ENSEMBLE
PLAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Words, Words, Words Prattville Blair Dyson
BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMERS 2 students
PLAY SCHOOL STUDENT
Words, Words, Words Prattville High School Aubrey Crigler
Jack’s Adventures with the King’s Girl UMS Wright Preparatory School Killian Delaney
BEST LEADING PERFORMERS
PLAY SCHOOL STUDENT
Steel Magnolias Enterprise High School Marquita Smith
21 Chump Street Central High School (Phenix, AL) Caleb Denard
BEST IN SHOW
PLAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Jack’s Adventures with the King’s Girl UMS Wright Prep School Margaret Delaney
Words, Words, Words Prattville High School Blair Dyson
Legally Blonde Jr. Altamont School Reid Watson

For a complete list of awards, follow the link to:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19I_6vt7IpUJf7_6HklcYrYvt_WhdwEtxfqEKfd62uZM/edit?usp=sharing

A sampling of photos by Emily Allred, Emily Allred Photography, is located here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/4/folders/1KdEZ4aQ-pOKqulCvmURNXVGh72JAT-cK


Trumbauer 2022 – December 1-3, 2022 at Troy University – Registration Opens Sept 1, 2022

REGISTRATION PORTAL: https://trumbauer.knack.com/trumbauer

TRUMBAUER MANUALS


  • TRUMBAUER SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES 
  • SEPTEMBER 1 District Registration Opens at 5:00pm https://trumbauer.knack.com/trumbauer
    OCTOBER 11 District Chairs host meeting for One-Act and Studio entries sometime this week.
    OCTOBER 19 DISTRICT REGISTRATION CLOSES at 5:00pm.
  • Schools are responsible for all charges on the District Invoice. No changes, credits, or refund.
    All Playwriting submissions, play permissions, programs, and cast lists must be uploaded in knack
  • OCTOBER 21 Nominations open for State Secondary Vice Chair and Teacher of the Year.
    NOVEMBER 4 Fees listed on DISTRICT INVOICE in Knack are due to the Executive Director. Mail payments to P.O. Box 361945, Birmingham, AL 35236-1945. DO NOT HAND DELIVER the check to your District Chair.
  • NOVEMBER 5 TRUMBAUER DISTRICT FESTIVALS
    NOVEMBER 7 Nominations close for State Secondary Vice Chair and Teacher of the Year.
    NOVEMBER 9 State Registration opens at 5:00pm https://trumbauer.knack.com/trumbauer
    Voting opens for the State Secondary Vice Chair and Teacher of the Year.
    NOVEMBER 11 State Chair hosts meeting for One-Act and Studio entries sometime this week.
    NOVEMBER 16 STATE REGISTRATION CLOSES at 5:00pm.
  • Schools are responsible for all charges on the State Invoice. No changes, credits, or refunds.
    All updated Playwriting submissions, play permissions, programs, and cast lists must be uploaded.
  • NOVEMBER 28 Voting for the State Secondary Vice Chair and Teacher of the Year closes at 5:00pm.
    DECEMBER 2 Fees listed on STATE INVOICE in Knack must be RECEIVED by the Executive Director. Mail payments to P.O. Box 361945, Birmingham, AL 35236-1945. Checks may be hand delivered to the Executive Director.
  • DECEMBER 1-3 TRUMBAUER STATE FESTIVAL
  • Thurs 12/1: Secondary Sponsor Meeting 7:00-8:00pm, One-Act and Studio Walkthroughs
    Fri 12/2: IEs, Group Acting, Group Musical, Studios, One-Acts, Workshops, One-Act and Studio
    Walkthroughs
    Sat 12/3: IEs, Studios, One-Acts, College Fair, Sponsor Meeting, Workshops, Awards Ceremony
  • DECEMBER 3 Secondary Sponsors Lunch Meeting, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Awards Ceremony, 7:00pm-8:30pm (subject to change based on completion of events)

  • DISTRICT & STATE CONTACT INFORMATION 
  • District 1 
  • Chair: Chris Carter 
  • j[email protected]
  • Vice Chair: Terrena Mann 
  • [email protected]
  • District Festival: Lee High School 
  • Schools: Arab, Bob Jones, Buckhorn, Columbia, Faith Covenant School, Grissom, Hazel Green, Huntsville, James Clemens, Jemison, Liberty Middle School, Lee High Creative/Performing Arts, Madison Academy, Madison County, Marshall Christian School, Randolph, Scottsboro, St. John Paul II Catholic, Sparkma
  • District 2 
  • Chair: Sara-Margaret Cates 
  • [email protected] 
  • District Festival: Corner High School 
  • Schools: Agape Academy, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Brookwood, Center Point, Central (Tuscaloosa), Clay-Chalkville, Corner, Essential Academy, Everest, Fultondale, Gardendale, Hewitt-Trussville, Hillcrest, Hoover, Hueytown, Jasper, Jefferson Co Academy of Theatre and Dance, McAdory, Minor, Moody, Mortimer Jordan, Northridge, Oak Grove, Parker (Birmingham), Paul W. Bryant, Pinson Valley, Pleasant Grove, Sumiton Christian, Sylacauga, Tuscaloosa Academy, Tuscaloosa County 
  • District 3 
  • Chair: Lisa King 
  • [email protected]
  • Vice Chair: Judith Park
  • [email protected]
  • District Festival: Hartselle High School
  • Schools: Austin, Austin Junior High, Athens, Central (Lauderdale), Colbert Heights, Cullman, Decatur, Decatur Heritage Christian, Discovery Middle, Dora, Florence, Florence Academy of Fine Arts, Hamilton, Hartselle, Lauderdale, Libertas Classical, Community, Mars Hill Bible, Muscle Shoals, Rogers, Russellville, St. Genesis Academy, St. Bernard Prep, Way Home Christian, West Point 
  • District 4 
  • Chair: Revel Gholston 
  • [email protected] 
  • District Festival: Opelika Arts Center 
  • Schools: Alabama Christian, Auburn, Beauregard, Benjamin Russell, Booker T. Washington, Brantley, Carver (Montgomery), Central (Phoenix), Charles Henderson, Chilton County, Greenville, Highland Home, Elmore County, Enterprise, Ezekiel Academy, Lanier, Luverne, Marbury, Montgomery Academy, Opelika, Park Crossing, Pike County, Prattville, Saint James, Smiths Station, Springwood, Stanhope Elmore, Success Unlimited, Taylor Road Academy, Trinity Presbyterian, Wetumpka 
  • District 5 
  • Chair: Cheryl Raley 
  • [email protected]
  • Vice Chair: Haley Green 
  • [email protected]
  • District Festival: Murphy High High School 
  • Schools: Alma Bryant, Baker, Baldwin County Virtual, Bayshore Christian, Bayside Christian, Blount, Daphne, Eastern Shore Presbyterian, Excel, Fairhope, Florala, Foley, Gulf Shores, Mary G. Montgomery, McGill-Toolen Catholic, Monroe County , Murphy, Orange Beach, Renaissance School of E. Shore, Saint Luke’s Episcopal, St. Michael’s Catholic, Saint Paul’s Episcopal, Satsuma, Slocomb, South Alabama Christian, Spanish Fort, Theodore, Thomasville, UMS-Wright Preparatory, W.P. Davidson 
  • District 6 
  • Chair: Jane Ganey 
  • [email protected]
  • Vice Chair: Jefferson Casey 
  • [email protected] 
  • District Festival: Thompson High School 
  • Schools: Altamont, Briarwood Christian, Calera, Carver (Birmingham), Chelsea, Evangel Classical Christian, Helena, Homewood, Huffman, Jackson-Olin, John Carroll Catholic, Kingwood Christian, Leeds, Magic City Acceptance Center Academy, Montevallo, Mountain Brook, Mountain Brook Junior, Oak Mountain, Pelham, Pell City , Ramsay, Shelby County, Spain Park, The Westminster Oak Mtn, Thompson, Wennoah, Vestavia Hills 
  • District 7 
  • Chair: Jason Bozman
  • [email protected]
  • District Festival: JSU 
  • Schools: Albertville, Alexandria, Anniston, Anniston Christian, Boaz, Cheaha Homeschool, Cherokee County, Cornerstone Christian, Dekalb Co Fine Arts Academy, Donoho, Fort Payne, Gadsden City, Geraldine, Glencoe, Guntersville High School, Hokes Bluff, Jacksonville, Oxford, Pathways Academy, Piedmont, Sacred Heart Catholic, Southside, Weaver, Westbrook Christian 
  • State Festival 
  • • State Chair: Megan Garner
    [email protected]
    • State Vice Chair: Jordan DeWitt
    [email protected]
    • Past State Chair: Carl Dean
    [email protected]
    • Festival Director: Brian Cocke
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    • Executive Director: Cindy Harper
    [email protected]




  • SEPTEMBER 15:​  Registration Opens
  • LOG IN DIRECTIONS
  • Go to https://trumbauer.knack.com/trumbauer
  • For the first log in, use your e-mail address and password “123”. Once you log in, you will be be able to change your password to something more secure.
  • If you are unable to log in or if you are connected with the wrong school, contact the festival director ASAP.
  • REGISTRATION NOTES:
  • You MUST use VALID E-MAIL addresses when entering students, parents, and judges. When you add them into the system, it sends an automatic e-mail to that address with directions of how to access their account and complete their membership information and waivers.
  • Enter your students, parents, and judges ASAP. They will receive an e-mail and have to verify their membership information and sign waivers before they can be entered into events or assigned to judge events. They will not show up on your Registration Summary or Invoice until they complete their information and waivers.
  • The old paper membership form is integrated in this system and 100% digital. You do not have to get students or chaperones to fill out a paper copy.
  • If you entered judges into the Google Form that Carl originally sent out, please RE-ENTER them into this system so they will be linked to your school. We got some great recommendations that we can use, and thank you, but failed to get referral information so don’t know who to connect them to.
  • The Video upload system is not quite ready yet. We will send you information with directions when it is ready to go!
  • NOVEMBER 6:​  State registration closes online. No refunds given after registration confirmed.
  • NOVEMBER 14:​ ​ ​All Payments are Due.
  • DECEMBER 5: ​ Trumbauer goes LIVE to all ACT members



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