The theatre department was started by Betsy Wells, an English Teacher at KMHS, in 1979.  In 2003, upon Mrs. Wells's retirement, Dan Treharne took over the program.  In the first few years of his tenure, Mr. Treharne created a dedicated technical theatre class, the Play Production class (P.R.O.P.S.), a Shakespeare class, and W.I.T.? (What Improv Troupe?). In 2005, a Theatre I class was taught by English teacher Conrad Martin.  The interest grew so much that in 2006 a second theatre teacher, Misti Arter, was hired.  Mrs. Arter worked with the department until 2008, when she moved away, and Traci Dill was hired.  Mrs. Dill was instrumental in starting a drama club at Kings Mountain Middle School.  This club ran for several years until Mrs. Dill moved to lead the theatre program at Crest High School in 2013.  In the fall of 2012, KMHS Theatre won the State High School Play Festival with Down Came the Rain by Burges Clark.  Starring Justin Chapman and Nick Lease, this show represented North Carolina at the 2013 SETC Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.  Heather Achter was hired to replace Mrs. Dill in 2013. The department experienced success with This is a Play, advancing to State Play Festival for the 2nd year in a row and recieving Honorable Mention for The Other Room in 2016. In the fall of 2017, Mr. Treharne moved to Shelby High School and Mrs. Achter took over as head of theatre.

Past Productions


North Carolina Theatre Conference High School Play Festival Entries

English Made Simple by David Ives
Sure Thing by David Ives


45 Minutes by Marc Hyde
The Actor's Nightmare by Christopher Durang


All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulgham
Scooter Thomas Makes It To the Top of the World by Peter Parnell


Flowers for Algernon Adapted by David Rogers from the novel by Daniel Keyes.
This is a Play by Daniel MacIvor


Mirrors by John O'Brien
The Auditioners by Doug Rand


The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon by Don Zolidis
Shadows by Kyle Griffin


Graveyard Cleaning-Off Day by Becky Reyonlds
S.P.A.R. by Stephen Gregg



The Rules of Comedy by Peter Bloedel

The Peace of Mind by Kyle Griffin



This is a Test by Stephen Gregg

Why Do We Laugh? by Stephen Gregg



Down Came the Rain by Burgess Clark

Hamlet: Zombie Killer of Denmark  by Chris Stiles



This is a Play by Daniel MacIvor

Cap'n Hook by Jason Witter 



Apostrophe's by Bradley Hayward

Bells of Charlemont by Don Zolidis



The Internet is Very Distract-Oh Look a Kitten! by Ian McWethy

Superhero Ultraferno by Don Zolidis



HKFN: The Abbreviated Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Jeff Goode

The Other Room by Ariadne Blayde



Play by Play by Play by Heather Achter

Impermanence by Heather Achter



Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling



How To Kill a Mockingbird by Bradley Walton