Drama students check into mental institution with ‘Asylum’
By Anna Hill
“Straddling the line of reality—what’s considered normal?”
This is one of the many thought-provoking questions addressed in the play “Asylum.” Theater students at Kinston High School received a chance to interpret the complexities of this play at the North Carolina Theater Conference High School Play Festival in November.
Director Clay Raines and his students traveled to Little Washington, N.C., and competed against nine other schools for the privilege of moving on to the state competition.
Not only did their performance win them a “superior” rating and a slot at the state contest, it earned awards for Best Ensemble, Best Choreography and Best Director.
This is the first time students from Kinston High School have competed in the state competition since 1970.
Though the play as a whole was a success, the honors didn’t stop there. Seniors Teana Walker and Brody Bergman earned awards for their individual performances. Bergman was named one of the Top Five Male Actors.
“It’s an honor to be amongst all these great actors,” said Bergman. “It’s also a privilege that we are the only primarily black school to be successful in these competitions.”
They not only appreciated being a part of the action, they relished the experience. Walker received the Best Overall Actress award.
Said Walker: “I enjoyed playing my character. I worked hard to give my best performance.”