The Walter Trumbauer Theatre Festival has been available to Alabama high school theatre students since 1940 and has provided an excellent opportunity for kids in our state to not only showcase their talent but also see what other students and theatre teachers are doing in their various programs across the state. Students compete first at the district level in various theatrical events like solo musical theatre, solo acting, duet acting, scene and lighting design, pantomime, duet musical theatre, one-act performance, studio performance, and much more! John Carroll is a part of District 6 which includes schools like Spain Park, Pelham, Oak Mountain, Chelsea, Helena, Thompson, Altamont, and many more.
Students prepare pieces with the direction of the drama director, perform at district in front of their peers and two experienced theatre professionals, and receive constructive criticism and feedback to help make them better. Students who receive a superior rating move on to the State competition held at the University of North Alabama in Florence this year. It's a great opportunity for the kids to not only be with other theatre people and have a great time but also to learn from doing and seeing others perform.