THS Theatre Company - National Thespian Festival
Organized by: Kimberly Malisse
Gavin Poirier, Cole Lewis and Amaia Logan (accomplished)
Kimberly Malisse (chaperone)
The 2015 National Thespian Festival
June 21-27, 2015
Lincoln, Nebraska (don't be jealous)
HOW IT CAME ABOUT:
Over 450 students from 43 different high schools participated in a regional thespian competition at Olympia High School in February. During the competition, three students from Tumwater High School were judged to be “accomplished” which qualified them for the state competitions at Western Washington University and earned them a coveted invitation to the national competition.
“My first reaction was to break down in tears. It was amazing to compete against such high quality students and even more exciting to realize that we qualified to go to Nationals”, stated Nicole (Cole) Lewis, a junior at Tumwater High School. Cole and Gavin Poirier, another junior at Tumwater, participated in a dramatic duet performance in front of judges and peers from other schools.
Amaia Logan, a sophomore at Tumwater, participated in a monologue competition which was judged as another top performance and as a result, secured her invitation as well.
Heidi Fredericks, the Tumwater School District Drama director, said that Tumwater High School has not had students qualify to compete at nationals for over 3 years. “This is quite an accomplishment for the students and the program. It just shows how hard work and dedication can pay off for both the drama program and the students. Our challenge now is trying to come up with the support and funding to send these three deserving students to the National competition in Nebraska.”
WHAT IS THE THESPIAN FESTIVAL?
Every summer, thousands of high school Thespians bring their love of all things theatre to the Thespian Festival, a celebration of student achievement in the arts. Organized by the Educational Theatre Association and hosted by the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, the Festival is a one-of-a-kind, weeklong immersion experience in singing, dancing, acting, designing, directing, creating, writing, and memory-making. Festival features workshops presented by theatre professionals, individual and group performances, programs for technical theatre students, and opportunities to audition for college admission and scholarship.
Endless opportunities, adventures, and memories that will last a lifetime are awaiting them at the Thespian Festival.
A SMIDGE OF THESPIAN FESTIVAL HISTORY:
The first Festival was held in 1941 at Indiana University. Festival was then suspended due to the outbreak of World War II, but resumed in 1947 and was held again in 1949. The next Festival did not take place until 1952 and was held every other year until 1982 when it became an annual event. Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana hosted the Festival from 1972-1993. In 1994, the Festival moved to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). In 2014, the Thespian Festival celebrated twenty years at UNL.
Please help support and enrich the lives of our students in this exciting and intensive festival. Any amount is appreciated. Your assistance will help fund all travel expenses for our students and chaperone which includes airfare, housing at UNL, three meals a day, and admittance to all the shows, workshops, and evening activities.
The Mama's & the Poppa's of the Tumwater Theatre Students