Hollins University is hosting a big theater festival this week. The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival brought in 1,000 students and staff from 12 states.
Hollins is one of the smaller schools participating. There are dozens more, including The University of Alabama and University of Mississippi.
The festival has an estimated economic impact of at least $500,000 on the Roanoke region.
Students are competing, participating in workshops, and watching other schools work.