Lee County High School actors are shown accepting the Region championship trophy they won last week in Perry. They are, from left,Demi Davis, Tiffani Miller, Chelsey Shirley, Courtney Shirley, Candace Shirley, Davis Cowart and Turner Hitt.
LEESBURG, Ga. -- Lee County High School's Theatre Arts Program won top honors in the Region 1-AAAAA One-Act Play Competition last week at the historic Rylander Theatre in Americus.
Lee County's production of the new play "The Cherry Sisters Revisited" bested productions from five other schools in Region 1-AAAAA.
Northside-Columbus High School finished in second place with their production of "Johnny Cash: Ring of Fire," while Harris County's slapstick production of "The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)" took third-place honors.
Lee County will perform at the State AAAAA One-Act Play competition in Perry on Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. The actors will compete against schools from seven other Georgia regions. The state contest performances are open to the public.
Lee County senior Demi Davis picked up Best Actress honors in region competition. Davis received the honor once before, as a sophomore.
Fellow actor Davis Cowart, a junior, was named Best Supporting Actor in the region, and Lee County senior Tiffani Miller was named Best Supporting Actress.
Other performers in the production include Turner Hitt and three actual sisters: Candace Shirley, Chelsey Shirley and Courtney Shirley.
A crew of 20 student technicians, led by stage manager Nicolette Mantica, assisted with the production.
"The Cherry Sisters Revisited" tells the true story of five sisters from Iowa who seek fame as vaudeville performers at the turn of the 20th century, only to become infamous for tickling audiences with their dearth of talent.
The play, by Dan O'Brien and Michael Friedman, debuted as part of the famed Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville (Kentucky) in 2010.
Encore performances of "The Cherry Sisters Revisited" are set for Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Lee County's Robert A. Clay Auditorium.
Admission for these performances is $5, but the group asks patrons to support them as they participate in the national Halloween community service project "Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat" by bringing donations of non-perishable food items or cash to the performances to benefit the Food Bank of Southwest Georgia.