Carver students accepted into 2016 Junior Theater Festival

Students from Harris County Carver Middle School have been accepted into the 2016 Junior Theater Festival, which is happening this weekend in Atlanta. Created by New York's iTHeatrics and produced by the Junior Theater group, the Junior Theater Festival is the world's largest musical theater festival celebrating young people and the transformative power of musical theater. Featuring 115 groups representing 28 states, the District of Columbia, South Korea and Australia, the festival will bring together more than 5,000 students, teachers and Broadway professions to raise their voices in celebration of onstage and backstage excellence in musical theater. Each group will perform a 15 minute selection of a musical for a panel of distinguished theater professionals. The 39 students, ages 10 to 14, representing Harris County Carver Middle School will present "Hairspray JR." for adjudication. The students are, pictured from left, front row, Bailey Tracey, Faith Theus, Chris Whitehouse and Kayla Street; second row, Raybert Robinson, Robbie Owens, Emma Davis, Autumn Stone, Katherine Grizzard, Katelyn Mayo, Abby Williamson, Ayesha Patel and Tyler Lawrence; third row, Jackson Crowley, Gianna Mayes, Alanna Audia, Camille Tyler, Zowie Thomas, Sean Myers, Bailey Clayton, Christian Hoffa, Violet Lancaster, Aiva Massey, Kaden Boyd, Reilley Moss and Caylen Hancock; back row, MJ Jenkins, Synthya May, Melanie Combs, Madison Baker, Kaleigh Griswell, Drekayla Mcrary, Jaiden Willet, Chloe Webb, Leslie Anne Flynn and Jordan Oliver.