For the people who bring them to life on stage, true stories, ghost stories and folk tales are all the same: every detail matters.

That’s especially true for theater students from North Moore and Union Pines who competed in Greensboro this week at the N.C. Theatre Conference’s State High School Play Festival. Part March Madness, part Academy Awards for student dramatists, the festival gives each time just 45 minutes to set up, perform a one-act production and then strike the stage.

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North Moore High School students perform ‘The Girl in the White Pinafore’ Tuesday night at Pinecrest High. Ted Fitzgerald/The Pilot

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Union Pines students perform ‘The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon’ Tuesday night at Pinecrest High. Ted Fitzgerald/The Pilot

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Pinecrest High students perform ‘One Lane Bridge’ Tuesday night at Pinecrest High. Ted Fitzgerald/The Pilot

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