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Nov. 2-5, 2023

2022 Festival Results


Solo & Group Events 


Best of Festival, Solo/Group (Highest Collective Avg Score)

TIE - Cairo High School & Sunny Side Theater

Festival High Score - High School - TIE

Trevor Bolling & Alyssa Field, Wiregrass Drama Club

Ivey Simpson, The Studio

Olivia Szymanski, The Studio

Festival High Score - Middle School

Jemma Fripp, Independent

Festival High Score - Elementary School

Brady Mae Birdsong, The Studio

Elementary Division


1 Brady Mae Birdsong, The Studio

2 Macy Wargo, The Studio

3 Levon Crawford, The Studio

Musical Theatre Solo

1 Brady Mae Birdsong, The Studio

2 Mary Claire Kelley, The Studio

3 Priscilla Simmons, The Studio

Musical Theatre Group

1 Brady Mae Birdsong, Louisa Lee, Macy Wargo, Mary Claire Kelley, Nia Thomaston,

Priscilla Simmons, Wynter Marlow - The Studio


Middle School Division



1 Allison Peel, Wiregrass Drama Club

2 Ellie Grace Olson, Wiregrass Drama Club

3 Harper Reagan, Wiregrass Drama Club


1 Ellie Grace Plant & Kaylin Steege, Wiregrass Drama Club

2 Kenzie Gale Nichols & Harper Reagan, Wiregrass Drama Club

3 Kenya Griffin & Kenady Williams, Dothan Prep


1 Kody Arnold, Gabby Jackson, Abby Bollinger, Kris Arnold - Dothan Prep

Musical Theatre Solo

1 Jemma Fripp, Independent

2 Stephen Colvin, Dothan Prep

3 Kenzie Gale Nichols, Circle City Music

Musical Theatre Duet

1 Sienna Urban & Teagan Bryant, Dothan Prep

2 Kennidy Battles & Tyleiga Lee, Dothan Prep

3 Ellie Grace Plant & Kaylin Steege, Wiregrass Drama Club

Musical Theatre Group

1 Arianna Locket, Tuhquetta Lewis, Sydney McDonald - Dothan Prep

SETC Combination

1 Olivia Thompson, Wiregrass Drama Club

2 Abigail Tankersly, Wiregrass Drama Club

3 Nyjah Berry, Dothan Prep

Technical - Costume

1 Jorgia Armstrong, Dothan Prep

Technical - Makeup

1 Rylie Allison, The Studio

Technical - Prop

1 Tristen Waters, Dothan Prep

Technical - Set

1 Allison Peel, Wiregrass Drama Club

2 Juliam Gallegos, Dothan Prep


High School Division



1 Camille Murphree, Wiregrass Drama Club

2 Bella Clark, Sunny Side Theater

3 Makenzie Nero, The Studio


1 Savannah Bright & Matthew Paragone, Sunny Side Theater

2 Linda Andrel & Ella Mims, Slocomb High School

3 Emma Olson & Ellie Grace Olson, Wiregrass Drama Club


1 Max Hobbie, Claire Forrester - Houston Academy

Musical Theatre Solo

1 Olivia Szymanski, The Studio

2  TIE (5)

Mendalyn Barber, Sunny Side Theater

Lilah Nagel, The Studio

Stephen Pinnella, Wiregrass Drama Club

Ellery Scott, The Studio

Faithlynn Swanson, Independent

Musical Theatre Duet

1 Trevor Bolling & Alyssa Field, Wiregrass Drama Club

2 Grace Smith & Landon Thornton, Dothan High School

3 Sophie Lokey & Lily Lokey, Wiregrass Drama Club

Musical Theatre Group

1 Adalyn Lyles, Ellery Scott, Lilah Nagel, Lily Grace Gordon, Olivia 

Szymanski, Sadie Houston - The Studio

SETC Combination

1 Maddie Matthews, Wiregrass Drama Club

Technical - Costume

1 Alyssa Field, Wiregrass Drama Club

2 Sydney Smith, Wiregrass Drama Club

Technical - Makeup

1 Ivey Simpson, The Studio

2 Ayla Brannon, The Studio

Technical - Prop

1 Carson McGowan, Wiregrass Drama Club



One Act Festival

Best in Show and First Place

Spark Theater Company

Second Place

Sunny Side Theater

Third Place

Dothan Preparatory Academy

Best Actress

Saioa Cia McKean, Sunny Side Theater

Best Actor

Stephen Colvin, Dothan Preparatory Academy


Judge’s Choice Awards

Spark Theater Company, Set Design

Sunny Side Theater, Sound Design

Dothan Preparatory Academy, Costume Design


All-Star Awards

Kris Arnold, Dothan Preparatory Academy

Mendalyn Barber, Sunny Side Theater

Savannah Bright, Sunny Side Theater

Kayanna Frank, Spark Theater Company

Madison Gibson, Dothan Preparatory Academy

Zofia Walkowski, Spark Theater Company

Spirit of the Festival

Dothan Preparatory Academy

Keep up with our judges and their current projects:


Donna Pearl Cotterell

Indaba Theatre

Bill Lipscomb

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Charles Sirmon

Evelyn Tyler

Florida A & M University

SEACT Youth Theatre Festival


Nov. 10-13, 2022


Welcome! Our goal is to spotlight the talents of your students, and present an outstanding performing arts experience for you and our community.

Southeast Alabama Community Theatre is a non-profit organization that has a mission to introduce end encourage youth in the arts.


Events: One-Act, Monologue, Duologue, Scene, SETC combo, Musical Theatre Solo, Musical Theatre Duet, Musical Theatre Group, Technical Theatre Costume, Make-up, Prop, and Scene Design

The One-Act Festival will take place Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Dothan Opera House. (115 N. St. Andrews Street, Dothan)

Performances - admission is free to the general public. Doors open 15 minutes before the performance begins.

Saturday, Nov. 12

11:00 AM  Spark Theatre Co

3:15 PM    Sunny Side Theater (Mobile)

4:45 PM    Dothan Preparatory Academy

The Individual and Group events will take place Thursday - Sunday, Nov. 10-13, at the Wiregrass Museum of Art. (126 Museum Ave., Dothan)

Thursday, Nov. 10

8:00 AM     Dothan High School

9:45 AM     Cairo High School Stagemakers

10:30 AM   Dothan Preparatory Academy  (events before and after lunch break)

2:45 PM     Houston Academy

Friday, Nov. 11

11:00 AM    Providence Christian School

11:15 AM    Slocomb High School

1:35 PM      Spark Theater Company

2:35 PM      Circle City Music Studio

Saturday, Nov. 12

10:00 AM    Wiregrass Drama Club  (events before and after lunch break)

1:30 PM      Sunny Side Theater

Sunday, Nov. 13

10:30 AM    Wiregrass Drama Club

10:40 AM    Faithlynn Swanson

11:00 AM      The Studio  (events before and after lunch break)

Meet the Judges

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Donna Cotterell is an educator, writer, producer, director, actress and activist who resides in Tallahassee, Florida. She has thirty-nine years of theater experience and eleven years of teaching at the middle school level. She has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Umass/Boston, an M.S. in Administrative Studies from Boston University, and an M.Ed. from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cotterell is the Founder and Director of both Indaba Theatre of New England (circa 2011) and Indaba Theatre of Florida (circa 2015), 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. She currently performs with Swamp Gravy at Cotton Hall Theater in Colquitt, Georgia.

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Bill Lipscomb has been a university theatre educator for more than twenty-five years, including 17 years at Troy University Dothan Campus, and several years before and after at various campuses in the Mississippi community college system. He currently teaches public speaking and theatre at MS Gulf Coast Community College- Jackson County. Bill has directed and provided dramaturgy for more than two dozen university and college productions, and has performed in and worked backstage in more than three dozen community theatre productions in Mississippi and Alabama. In 2018, he appeared as Doc in the SAG-AFTRA independent film Second Samuel, shot on location in the Wiregrass. He holds a BS in Radio, Film and Television; a BS in Speech Communication; and an MS in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a PhD in Communication/Performance Studies from Louisiana State University.

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Charles Sirmon has a wealthy background in the arts. Sirmon studied intensively in New York City and Chicago where he received his master’s degree in directing from Roosevelt University and undergraduate degree from Auburn University. Sirmon has adjudicated and represented FCC and The Kennedy Center American College Theatre. Sirmon has been in theatre education for over 30 years. Sirmon has worked as an actor and director all over the southeast. He began his professional career in the Off Broadway premier  production of Fallen Peach.  Sirmon has spent many summers studying with NYC’s H.B. Studios, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare Company and most recently was a participant with New York City’s Second City Improv. Professional credits include director of It's a Grand Night for Singing starring Tony-nominated Tony Yazbeck and Emmy-award winner Sally Struthers.



Tyler, a native of South Carolina, is an associate professor of Theatre at Florida A&M University where she is also a theatre generalist serving in the following areas: acting, directing, prop making, costuming and event planning. Her recent Essential Theatre directorial work of Sweet Mama Stringbean by Beth Turner received a certificate in achievement in directing from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region IV as well as national recognition by earning The Citizen Artist Award and Special Achievement in the Production of A Musical. Other directorial credits include: Three Little Birds, The Long Goodbye (the world premiere production) and Sing On, Ms. Griot. Tyler is currently working as a Prop Master on The Essential Theatre production of Chicken and Biscuits and is also preparing to fulfill her role as costume designer on the upcoming spring production of Romeo and Juliet.  

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