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2023 Festival Results


Solo & Group Events 


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

Conyers Rockdale Creative Kids

2 SEACT Student Company

3 Sunny Side Theater

Festival High Score - High School - TIE

Hannah Cooper, SEACT Student Company

Kate Logan, Bay Area Performing Arts

Festival High Score - Middle School

Julia Clayton Wilkins, Sunny Side Theater

Festival High Score - Elementary School

Fiona and Zola Caruso, Conyers Rockdale Creative Kids

Elementary Division


1 Macy Wargo, The Studio

2 Kamora Moore, Carver Elementary and Arts Magnet

3 Paislee Belser, Carver Elementary and Arts Magnet


1 Morgan Turner & Valencia Turner, Carver Elementary and Arts Magnet

2 Taylor Williams & Camille Thomas, Carver Elementary and Arts Magnet


1 Laila Williams, Ja'Riya Smith, Valencia Turner - Carver Elementary and Arts Magnet

2 Paloma Sandifer, Jonathan Perotti, Paislee Belser, Morgan Turner - Carver Elementary

3 Taylor Williams, Camille Thomas, Nolan Knight - Carver Elementary

Musical Theatre Solo

1 Zola Caruso, Conyers Rockdale Creative Kids

2 Fiona Caruso, Conyers Rockdale Creative Kids

3 Autumn Ellington, Conyers Rockdale Creative Kids

Musical Theatre Duet

1 Fiona & Zola Caruso - Conyers Rockdale Creative Kids

Musical Theatre Group

1 Autumn Ellington, Fiona Caruso, Zola Caruso, Sunny Price - Conyers Rockdale Creative Kids

2 Ford Macklem, Brady Mae Birdsong, Julianna Naylor, Nia Thomaston, Priscilla Simmons, Chloe Black, Louisa Lee, Macy Wargo - The Studio


1 Brady Mae Birdsong, The Studio


1 Kennedi Gordon, Prop Design - Carver Elementary


Middle School Division



1 Julia Clayton Wilkins, Sunny Side Theater

2 Kenzie Gale Nichols, SEACT Student Company

3 Kennedy Nowell, The Studio


1 Noah McNeal, William Smith - Houston Academy

2 Kayla Glover, Brynn Respress - DPA Performing Arts

3 Paris Blake, Kaziah Jones - DPA Performing Arts


1 Catie Faust, Tinsley Holmes, Susie Payne, Aubree Murphree - Houston Academy

2 Alaja Williams, Jay Bishop, Sarah Silas, Arjonae Costa, & Taniyah Durry - DPA Performing Arts

Musical Theatre Solo

1 Lyleigh Cunningham, Houston Academy

2 Sammi Akins, Bay Area Performing Arts

TIE 3 Kenzie Gale Nichols, SEACT Student Company

Anthony Paragone - Sunny Side Theater

Musical Theatre Duet

1 Katelynn Horne, Isla Ragsdale - Bay Area Performing Arts

2 Anthony Paragone, Julia Clayton Wilkins - Sunny Side Theater

3 Madison Gibson, Jadah Reeves - DPA Performing Arts

Musical Theatre Group

1 Kaydence Graham, Sydney McDonald, Jadah Reeves, Madison Gibson, & Stephen Colvin - DPA Performing Arts

2 Addie Bolton, Piper Callan, Wynter Marlow, Ree Gibson, Sara Barr, Audrey O'Connor, McKenzi Guinn - The Studio


1 Sydney McDonald, DPA Performing Arts

2 Malayah Jones, DPA Performing Arts

3 Emma Johnson, DPA Performing Arts


1 Aniyah Jackson, Makeup Design - DPA Performing Arts

2 Nina Price - Scenic Design - DPA Performing Arts


High School Division


1 Trevor Bolling, Houston Academy

2 Starla Hall, Bay Area Performing Arts

3 Gavin Laxton, Bay Area Performing Arts


1 Trevor Bolling & Ian Pich, Houston Academy


1 Trevor Bolling, Kynna Evenhuis, Max Hobbie, Ian Pich - Houston Academy

Musical Theatre Solo

1 Hannah Cooper, SEACT Student Company

2 Eden Singletary, Cairo High School Stagemakers

3 Mendalyn Barber, Bay Area Performing Arts

Musical Theatre Duet

1 Trevor Bolling, Kenzie Gale Nichols, SEACT Student Company

2 Reid Williams, Alyssa Field, SEACT Student Company

3 Wells Abbot, Michael Abbott - Bay Area Performing Arts

Musical Theatre Group

1 Jenna Marie Melvin, Eden Singletary, Ella Singletary, Lilly Chaplin, Morgan Griffin, Kennedi Smart - Cairo High School Stagemakers

2 Adalyn Lyles, Carli Collins, Charis Faehnrich, Jordis Sherrer, Lily Grace Gordon, Maddie Smith, Madison Lang, Victoria Hardy - The Studio

3 Carter Stock, Sophie Barefield, Ella Donop, Sara Donop, Riley Odom, Nicolas Young - Providence Christian School


1 Maddie Matthews, SEACT Student Company

2 Gracie Robinson, The Studio


1  Kate Logan, Costume Design - Bay Area Performing Arts

2 Gavin Laxton, Scenic Design - Bay Area Performing Arts

3 Madison Lange, Costume Design - The Studio


One Act Festival

Best in Show and First Place

Spark Theater Company

2 Sunny Side Theater

3 SEACT Student Company

4 DPA Performing Arts Company

Best Actress

Bailee Steverson, SEACT Student Company

Best Actor

Caden Roedl, Spark Theater Company


Judge’s Choice Awards

Anna Edwards, Set Design - Sunny Side Theater

Alyssa Field, Costume Design - SEACT Student Company


All-Star Awards

Anna Edwards, Sunny Side Theater

Malayah Jones, DPA Performing Arts Company

Kayla McNeally, Spark Theater Company

Miles Polson, SEACT Student Company

Faith Swanson, Sunny Side Theater

Sunny Side Theater Tech Crew

Spirit of the Festival

Dothan Preparatory Academy

Keep up with our judges and their current projects:


Jenni Caruso

Conyers Rockdale Creative Kids

Dan LaRocque

Auburn University

Aaron Moore

Chipola College

Jameka Oates

Alabama DanceWorks

Jen Permenter

Renaissance School of Music

Cam Williams

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

SEACT TheatreFest!


Nov. 2-5, 2023


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 and 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


All performances and judging will take place at the Cultural Arts Center in Dothan, located at 909 S. Saint Andrews Street.


The One-Act Festival will take place Saturday, Nov. 4.

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

Saturday, Nov. 4

9:30 - 10:45 SEACT Student Company presents The Importance of Being Earnest

11:00 - 12:15  Sunny Side Theater, Mobile presents Lockdown

2:45 - 4:00 Dothan Prep Academy presents A Long Walk to Water

4:15 - 5:30 Spark Theater Company presents When Fern Caught Fire

The Individual and Group events will take place Thursday - Sunday, Nov. 2-5.

Thursday, Nov. 2

10:30-12:00 - The Cairo High School Stage Makers

1:15 - 2:00 PM - Providence Christian School

2:15 - 4:30 PM - Houston Academy

4:45-4:55 - Individual

Friday, Nov. 3

9:00-12:00 - Dothan Preparatory Academy Performing Arts Company

1:15-2:30 -  Carver Elementary and Arts Magnet

2:45-4:15 - Circle City Music Studio

4:30-5:30 - Conyers Creative Kids

Saturday, Nov. 4

10:00-12:00 - Bay Area Performing Arts

1:15-2:00 - Bay Area Performing Arts

2:15-3:30 - Sunny Side Theater

Sunday, Nov. 5

10:00-12:00 - The Studio

1:15-3:15 - The Studio

3:30-5:00 - SEACT Student Company

Festival Judges

Jenni Caruso


Jenni Caruso has been immersed in the world of Theatre since the age of 7.  She has a BFA in Theatre Performance from Auburn University.  As well as acting, singing and dancing, Jenni loves directing and choreographing and improvising.  She has been a member of Laughing Matters, Jazz Hands Across America, Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy and the Wizards of Odd. Jenni has also been teaching Theatre and Dance to students in K-12 for 20 years.  Her One Act and Literary students were Region 3AAA Champions 4 years in a row.  She loves fostering a love of Theatre in students and creating an inclusive atmosphere, where they feel free to fail and succeed gloriously.  Currently, Jenni is the co-founder of Conyers-Rockdale Creative Kids.  She and her partner work to bring the Performing Arts to life for homeschooled and traditionally schooled children.

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Daniel Larocque


Dan LaRocque joined Auburn University Theatre in 1990 as an acting, voice, and movement teacher and has directed or performed in over 50 Auburn Theatre productions since then. Professor LaRocque served as the associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts from 2011-2013, and as chair and artistic director of AU Theatre from 2005-2011. He also served as a member of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National Executive Committee in Washington, D.C. from 2003-2009, earning the KCACTF gold medallion for excellence in college and university theatre in 2007. LaRocque's professional acting credits include appearances in theaters throughout the country including San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, Houston's Alley Theatre, Richmond's Theatre Virginia, and the Utah, North Carolina, Illinois, and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals. In England, he appeared at Alan Ayckbourn's acclaimed Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, and his New York credits include appearances on All My Children and Guiding Light. Dan’s one-act play Man Woman Flower has been produced professionally in New York and Los Angeles; and it continues to enjoy an extensive amount of amateur production activity nationally and internationally. LaRocque was the 2015 recipient of the Alabama Theatre Hall of Fame Award for Outstanding Pioneers in Alabama Theatre, and a 2016 recipient of Auburn’s Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Aaron Moore


Aaron Thomas Moore is a singer, actor, choreographer and director who grew up right here in the panhandle of Florida.  He is an alumnus of Chipola College theatre and show choir and went on to obtain his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance from Valdosta State University.

Aaron has spent many years working not only in theatre, but also in nonprofit work with large churches and other organizations, creating programs and opportunities for the next generation to experience the arts in unique ways.  He’s traveled the world teaching and training others in multiple areas of performing arts and public outreach.

While growing up, Aaron always had a passion for the stage and performance.  He was raised in a musical family where he learned to sing at a very young age and taught himself many skills such as ventriloquism and puppetry, which he has used many times later in his professional career.  This passion drove him to pursue training and education in the field of performing arts, where he continues to further his education as he is now working towards his Masters in Theatre. 

Aaron has had an exciting career in theatre performance work, choreography, directing and, most recently, working as a Principal Vocalist for Norwegian Cruise Lines for the past four years.  He’s thrilled to now be back in the Panhandle at Chipola College on staff in the Fine and Performing Arts department.  He is looking forward to pouring back into the community that poured into him many years ago.

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Jameka Oates


Jameka was a principal dancer for 9 seasons with Alabama Dance Works Professional Company. She was also an assistant coach for the Onyx Stars Dance Center. She is currently the Director of Dance at Northview Christian Church and has been a part of this ministry for sixteen years now. Also, she is the Coordinator for Northview Christian Church Children's Ministry: Kids On Course. She has choreographed for Be U: Beautifully Unique non-profit, local cheerleading teams and organizations, Houston Academy's Show Choir, Dothan Preparatory Academy's Show Choir, Southeast Alabama Community Theatre Productions, and the 2022 Debutante Ball. Having a love for musical theatre has awarded me opportunities to participate in many shows. Dancing professionally has earned her opportunities to perform at Jazz on Tap, The Alabama Dance Festivals, Catharsis Series, and The Impact Project. She enjoys teaching for Dothan School of Dance, Alabama Dance Works, the BEYONDance Outreach Program where she's the Outreach Director. Jameka is looking forward to what the arts bring her in the near future.

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Jennifer Permenter


Jennifer Permenter, mezzo soprano has over 30 years experience in performing and teaching. She performed on many different stages in various genres in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, and Israel. As a teacher, she maintained a private studio with as many as 30 students at times, many of them performing and auditioning as well. She was also a choral conductor and often conducted small orchestras that accompanied them. Being fluent in German and conversational in Italian, she is able to assist in learning pronunciation and understanding of foreign language songs. She has a vast repertoire in classical and sacred music as well as musical theatre. Her musical theatre experience began early on with roles such as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man and Sister Mary Hubert in Nunsense. She performed the role of Liza in the premiere of a modern German musical, Herz aus Stahl. Her stint into the world of theatre earned her the Louisiana Tech “Tony” Award for the role of Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath.

She currently resides in Dothan, Alabama where she is a voice instructor at Renaissance School of Music and loves helping students find their voice and gain confidence on the stage. She continues to sing locally and returns to Germany once a year for workshops and concerts.

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Cameron Williams


Cam Williams is proud to call Alabama home. He graduated from Troy University with a B.S.E. in Theatre Education p-12. He has worked with the Johnson Center for the Arts and Troy University for Arts Education-based programming for young artists. He taught high school theatre with Troy City Schools briefly after college. Most recently, he’s worked with Live and in Color on a workshop production of a brand-new musical titled With Bells On (CT), and its NYC premiere at The Green Room 42. For the past two seasons, Cam has worked with the producing team at Alabama Shakespeare Festival as Artistic Coordinator. This fall Cam will be directing a production of The Taming of the Shrew as part of ASF's Shakespeare in our Schools Initiative: The 2023 Fall Festival of Shakespeare. He is passionate about the performing arts and creating avenues for access for younger people who wish to pursue this art medium.

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