Thespians travel to Dallas for convention


Alaina Galasso, Opinions Editor

The thespians traveled to Dallas for the Texas Thespian State Festival on Nov. 20-22. The group, led by theatre and technical theatre teacher Mrs. Guckian and technical theatre teacher Mr. Stahlecker, was composed of both thespian hopefuls and thespian students. At the convention the students watched main stage performance, participated in both acting and technical workshops and competed in national qualifying events.

“Thespian convention was an amazing experience,” junior theatre student Rebecca Wagner said. “You’re surrounded with people your own age who share a passion for theatre and performance. It was incredible to have so much support for the arts.”

The convention was held at the Dallas Convention Center and therefore the group stayed in the Omni Hotel. The group had freedom to participate in any workshop or see any show they wanted. They also got to interact with students from other schools that stayed at the same hotel.

“It was an experience I’ll never forget,” senior theatre tech student Ryan Silvia said. “Everybody became really close with one another.”

Multiple students participated in both acting and technical competitions. These competitions were generally judged by three judges and each had a time limit. Senior Emily Adams competed in a solo musical, juniors Cassie Heath and Isabela Spielman competed in a duet skit and junior Rebecca Wagner competed in a solo monologue. All of these students advanced to Nationals on June 22-27 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“Everyone performed beautifully.” Wagner said. “I couldn’t be more proud of my department.”

The entire group saw Urinetown: The Musical together. Some workshops, taught by experts who have been in the business for decades, included yoga, Blood and Guts Makeup and Accent Fun: British Dialects. The group also visited the JFK museum.

“Overall Thespian convention was very fun and totally worth missing school,” junior theatre tech student Pat O’Brien said.