This past weekend, 24 students from Prairie Heights Theatre Troupe #7436 attended the Indiana State Thespian Festival at Huntington University.
The festival featured competitions categories such as film, acting, musical theatre, tech, and design. Students from schools all over Indiana attended and participated, allowing students to mix and mingle with other “theatre kids” from around the state. There was also auditioning for colleges and the 2013 All-State Show, representatives from theatre-related vendors and colleges, shows put on by attending schools, and workshops with topics ranging from the art of mime to lighting.
Several honors and awards were presented to students who competed. The Prairie Heights tech team of Lauren Warner, Taylor Warkentine, Donald Cook and Nick Shelton took third overall with Warner placing fourth in the individual events of knot tying and sound system setup and taking first place in the props quick change event. Excellence in acting ribbons were awarded to Josie Lowe and Drew Vice in expert monologue and Jasmine Carunchia and Kasey Prentice in novice duet acting.
Drew Vice was chosen to become a State Thespian Officer for 2012-2013. His duties will include organizing and leading next year’s activities at the festival.
Winning best in category and superior ribbons were Erica Anderson, Makenna Belt, and Morgan Tritch for expert group acting, which qualifies them to compete at the International Thespian Festival to be held in June at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb.
At the international festival, the Heights students will have the chance to meet and compete against other students from Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and several of the Pacific Islands. In addition to the group acting trio, Prairie Heights plans to send at least one tech team and several other students who wish to take advantage of the workshops given by theatre professionals from across the country as well as audition for more colleges and scholarships.
Prairie Heights will hold various fundraisers to help the students raise the money needed to attend the international festival. Anyone interested in donating should call Corinne Reed at 260-351-3214 ext. 4112.