Published on November 16th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Blythewood High School Drama department wins SCTA competition

Pictured Seniors Imani and Niara Hargrave.

BLYTHEWOOD –The Blythewood High School Drama Department’s original production of “Growing Up Wonderland” won first place out of a field of 32 at the South Carolina Theatre Association’s High School One-Act Play Festival held recently at USC Aiken.

Seniors Imani and Niara Hargrave were recognized for excellence in acting by being named to the state “All Star Cast”.  The production also received the distinction of “Best Technical Design” for its combined scenic, costume, lighting, and sound design.

This first place finish qualifies Blythewood High School’s cast and crew to represent South Carolina at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), the largest regional theatre conference in the country. The top two plays from each of the 10 states in the region are invited to perform and compete at the conference. In addition to performing, students will have the opportunity to attend performances, college auditions and professional workshops.

“Our cast and crew embarked on working with USC graduate and playwright, Ryan Stevens, last May to create a new play using ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a jumping off point to explore the pressures and anxieties high schoolers face as they approach the end of high school and the beginning of their adult life,” said BHS Theatre teacher Sandra Dietel said. “Our ensemble was mentored by USC professional theatre artists, who worked alongside the students to create the technical aspects of the production.

“Creating this production was truly an innovative and collaborative endeavor. High School theatre in South Carolina is strong and thriving and we couldn’t be more thrilled to represent South Carolina at SETC with an original play completely written, designed and produced by South Carolina artists,” Dietel, added.

This is the third time in four years that the Blythewood High School Theatre program has placed in the top two and been chosen to move on to SETC. In 2015, BHS placed second with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and in 2016, they placed first with “Selections from Metamorphoses”.

As a fundraiser to help get to the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the cast of “Growing Up Wonderland” will be presenting “A Christmas Carol” at The Farm at Ridgeway December 12 and 13.  There will be two shows Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6 & 8 p.m., and one show Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and will go on sale at the Blythewood High School front office beginning November 28.

For more information, please contact Sandra Dietel at 803-691-4090 ext. 28911 or


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