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O’Neal One-Act Players Receive Excellent Rating

Southern Pines – O’Neal’s One-Act Players have much to celebrate, as they bring home honors from the 2016 NCTC High School Play Festival, held at Pinecrest High School on October 28th and 29th. Directed by Upper School English instructor Henry Hamilton, the group’s presentation of Moliere’s The Imaginary Cuckold, or Sganarelle at the Festival, made the School and community proud as the students are thrilled to bring home the following awards: an overall rating of Excellent, Excellence in Adaptation of a Script, and a Festival Spirit Award.

Translated by Richard Wilbur, The Imaginary Cuckold, or Sganarelle is a farce that was written by a famous playwright and actor, Molière. The story deals with the outcome of suspicion and speculation that produces a spiral effect of arguments and misunderstandings involving Sganarelle, a middle-aged bourgeois Parisian, his wife, and the young lovers, Célie and Lélie.


The O’Neal Cast is as follows:

Célie, daughter of Mme. Gorgibus: Sydney Maynor ‘20

Mme. Gorgibus, a middle-class Parisian: Ceci Bockoven ‘19

Célie’s maid: Maddie Gutschmit ‘18

Sganarelle, a Parisian bourgeois and an imaginary cuckold: Grace Stroud ‘17

Sganarelle’s wife: Isabel Huesa ‘19

Gros-René, valet to Lélie: Grayson Rogers ‘20

Lélie, a young man in love with Célie: Andrew Shoecraft-Martin ‘18

A passerby/A relative of Sganarelle’s wife/Villebrequin, father of Valère (to whom Célie is promised): Jenna Burns ‘19


Stage manager: Natalie Placa ‘17

Director: Mr. Henry Hamilton

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


For over 30 years, the NCTC (North Carolina Theatre Conference) High School Play Festival has strengthened arts education in schools by bringing curriculum to life, challenging students to do their very best work, and contributing to the development of future audiences for live performing arts. The program was named one of the “Top High School Theatre Festivals” by Stage Directions Magazine, is the largest high school theatre event in the Southeast, and has been replicated in 9 other states. This year, 3,000 students from 90 schools performed 126 plays!

Each fall, professional theatres, colleges and high schools host 8 regional Festivals across the state. The top 2 outstanding productions from each of the regional sites advance to the NCTC State High School Play Festival, which will be on November 17-18 at Greensboro College. Winners there go on to represent the state of NC at the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s annual convention, which will be in Lexington, KY in 2017.

An independent, college preparatory school for pre-kindergarten age 3 through grade 12, The O’Neal School is dedicated to the development of academic excellence, strength of character, and physical well-being of its students. O’Neal prides itself on having 100% of its graduates receive acceptances to colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The School is currently accepting enrollment applications for the current school year. For more information, contact Olivia Webb, director of admissions at (910) 692-6920 or go to



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