Charlotte-Area Students Win Big At National 2023 Junior Theater Festival

Students representing Innovation Drama Academy in Indian Trail, Spotlight Players in Mint Hill, Academy Team Rock Hill and Showtime Theatre Company in Rock Hill and Legacy Theater and Music Company in Stallings won national awards and earned other recognition at the 2023 Junior Theater Festival Atlanta (JTF Atlanta). The monumental weekend dedicated to rewarding and celebrating excellent student-driven musical theater programs happened January 13-15, 2023, at the Cobb Convention Center in Atlanta.
  • Innovation Drama Academy won a Freddie G Excellence in Acting award
  • Spotlight Players student Grace Baker received a Freddie G Student Direction or Choreography award
  • Showtime Theatre Company won a Freddie G Excellence in Acting award
  • Legacy Theater and Music Company student Shay Yara received a Freddie G Student Direction or Choreography award.
  • Academy Team Rock Hill didn’t win an award, but they did receive praise
Additional Recognition
Spotlight Players’ Miah Bay; Academy Team Rock Hill’s Aubree McCowen and Jordyn Petty, and Legacy Theater and Music Company student Shay Yara made it to the call-back to a yet-to-be announced special project promoting musical theater in schools.
Innovation Drama Academy’s Omari Cupid and Jaylen Dunham; Spotlight Players’ Grace Baker and Grace Chheda; Academy Team Rock Hill’s Brady Bass and Lea Bravo, Showtime Theatre Company students Cameron Mills and Parker Syler; and Legacy Theater and Music Company students Isabella Meltzer and Shay Yara were named Junior Theater Festival All-Stars, a select group of outstanding performers.
Above: Legacy Theater and Music Company students after they presented Guys and Dolls JR. for adjudication.