Festival

Our next Secondary School Theatre Festival will be January 31-February 2, 2019. We are excited to again be the guests of Carmel Christian School in Charlotte, NC.

If you are considering attending, be sure to read Festival Guidelines and Procedures and Festival Schedule and Events, which includes performance and competition requirements.

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CITA Secondary Festival LogoAt CITA’s Festivals, middle- and high school-aged students get to:

  • Sharpen their skills through performing for and getting feedback from theatre professionals,
  • Take performance workshops,
  • Talk with representatives of theatre programs at Christian universities and colleges,
  • Meet other Christian theatre students and artists from around the region.

This year our festival guest artist will be Living Letters performer Stephen Trafton, Juliette Trafton, or both, depending on other professional commitments. Read more about them and their ministry through theatre.

Students in public, private and homeschool settings are invited to attend. Teachers and parents have the opportunity for fellowship and networking.

What participants have said:

“Our students have participated in the CITA Eastern States Festival for several years, and it continues to be a highlight of our school year. The Festival is well-organized, and provides a healthy environment spiritually and professionally. The adjudicators strive to make significant and encouraging comments to every student. A most worthwhile investment for our Theatre and Music Departments!”

-Joan Gast, Artios Academies of Gwinnett, GA

“I had the privilege of attending CITA festival this past year for the first time. To say it was an incredible experience would be an understatement! I had the opportunity to perform several pieces in different categories and felt the exhilaration of performing, but in a fear-free and encouraging environment. The competition itself was organized, exciting, and busy every day! When we weren’t performing, there were awesome workshops about acting, improv, singing and so many other topics to attend.

“This weekend was different than other musical theatre competitions I have participated in, because of the obvious Christian feel. I expected the judges and leadership to have this attitude of course, but I was surprised at how friendly the other groups of students were. It felt so cohesive between groups; despite the fact we were onstage competing against one another! When performing in finals, I felt supported by the entire audience, and it was a feeling I’ll keep with me forever. I learned so much through the insightful judges, and can hardly wait for another great year!”

-McKenna, student participant