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Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Starr's Mill best in region with 'The Diviners'


Starr's Mill High School's drama department has done it again.

The cast and crew has captured the Region 4-AAAAA title in the One Act Competition for the second year in a row. This year's production of "The Diviners" was directed by David Spearman, the school's new drama instructor.

"The Diviners" takes place in fictional Zion, Ill. Buddy Layman, a 14-year-old boy, nearly drowned when he was 6 years old. The accident killed his mother and left Buddy mentally handicapped and terrified of water. He lives with his father, Ferris, and his sister, Jennie Mae. C.C. Showers, a former preacher, comes to Zion, befriends Buddy and his family. It is a story of redemption and gaining trust.

Craig DeLorenzo won Best Actor in the region for the second year in a row for his portrayal of Buddy. DeLorenzo and three other cast members, Joshua Davis, Carlee Baker and Ryan McConnell, were named to the Region 4 All-Star Cast. Starr's Mill took "The Diviners" to state competition last weekend.

Spearman was impressed with the drama students at Starr's Mill. "They have an impeccable work ethic and they are eager to do well," said Spearman, who had previously taught at the Magnet School for the Performing Arts in Charlotte, N.C.

The public will get a chance to view "The Diviners" this Thursday and Saturday at Starr's Mill's Duke Auditorium. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $5. Up next for Starr's Mill will be "South Pacific" in April. Auditions will take place Jan. 9 and 10.

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