MRHS Theatre Arts Boosters (TAB) fosters a creative and educational environment in which students, family members, teachers & local community may explore theatre through varied experiences (including plays, musicals, improvisation & theatre camps). TAB grants four merit scholarships each year to graduating seniors intending to pursue theatre arts in college. TAB also offers a wide range of support through membership and fundraising; benefitting the continued growth of the MRHS theatre program, it's students and the community as a whole.
MRHS Theatre Program
The purpose of the MRHS Theatre program is to offer fun, quality learning experiences to all students in acting, directing, playwriting, technical theatre and dramaturgy. This is done through creating, rehearsing, performing, analyzing and critiquing dramatic performances and concepts.
The MRHS Theatre program produces one full-length play each fall, one musical in the spring semester, as well as an evening of one-act plays. The theatre program has participated in the North Carolina Theatre Conference where they have garnered recognition in acting, directing, and design many times. Throughout the year, the school improv troupe, CHECK!, also performs various holiday-themed shows.
The International Thespian Society, troupe 7704, is MRHS's honor society for theatre students. These students meet twice a month and participate in various events like workshops and many volunteer opportunities.
The MRHS Theatre program is very active throughout the year and welcomes any student who may have an interest in theatre.
MRHS Theatre Gives Back
The MRHS Theatre Arts Booster scholarship was established as a way to give a little bit back to those that gave so much to the program during their high school years. It is intended for those who plan to continue studying theatre arts in college.
Winston Sims grew up in Rockingham County, North Carolina. He graduated from Dalton L. McMichael High School in 2003, where he was heavily involved in the band and theatre programs. Those involvements and opportunities inspired him to pursue Theatre Education as a major at UNC-Greensboro.
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Mr. Sims elected to take five years to complete a BFA in Theatre Education degree, graduating in 2008. While at UNC-G, he was able to take classes in acting, directing, stage crafts, design, puppetry, stage combat, dance, music, theatre history, acting for the camera, voice and movement. He also completed a Masters in Education in Theatre Education from UNC-G in 2013.
While in college, Mr. Sims performed with The Theatre Guild of Rockingham County and The Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, and also took classes in improvisation at The Idiot Box. Since moving to the Charlotte area, Mr. Sims has performed with Matthews Playhouse and Theatre Charlotte. He has been a part time acting instructor at Matthews Playhouse and the Charlotte Academy of Music.
Mr. Sims was awarded the Inspirational Theatre Educator Award by EdTA (the organization that oversees the International Thespian Society). He was nominated by his students because of his dedication and hard work in providing quality theatre education. Only three people in the country are selected to receive this award each year.
Mr. Sims met his lovely wife in their last semester of college, when they completed their student-teaching at Southern Guilford High School. She is the chorus teacher at Parkwood High School.
Mr. Sims is very passionate about what he does, and seeks every opportunity to learn and grow as a Thespian and educator.