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Cameron Fitzwater One Act Festival set for Friday

By BROOKE J. WOOD

brooke@southwesttimes.com

The Cameron Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship One Act Festival, named for a Pulaski County High School senior who died in an April 2012 traffic crash, begins Friday at 7 p.m.

The festival, being held in the high school’s Little Theatre, features performances from PCHS and Christiansburg High School (CHS), participants in Virginia High School League’s 2017 One Act Competition.

The event raises money for a scholarship fund established to celebrate Fitzwater’s life. He was active in high school theatre and choir programs; played football, soccer, and wrestled, and was also a boy scout.

Friday evening, CHS presents its one act play,” These Shining Lives.” The play is a dramatic telling of women who worked for a radium watch company in the 1930’s.

The workers painted watch faces with a radioactive powder — an action with horrible consequences. Their lawsuit against the company for fatal health issues led to establishment of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA is a government agency that protects worker’s rights. The play won three acting awards at Sectionals competitions in early November.

PCHS will present “You Don’t Know Jack,” a one-act play being performed at VHSL Division 4 State One Act Festival Tuesday.

The play has won first place at Sectionals and Division 4-D Regionals.

The play is based on “Appalachian Folk Tales – The Jack Tales.” Logan Woodrum won an acting award at Sectionals and Taylor Sink at Regionals for their portrayals of Jack.

Christiansburg will perform first Friday.

Admission is by donation, with all proceeds going to the Cameron Fitzwater Scholarship Foundation.

The foundation awards four $1,000 scholarships annually to graduating seniors at Pulaski County High School who have been accepted into a two- or four-year college, university or technical school. To be eligible, the student must have also participated in one of the activities that Cameron loved – boy scouts, choir, drama, track, wrestling, Young Life or the MACC Academic Team.

 

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