Jordan Lampton ‘16 – Over the weekend, members of Romeo Theatre Company traveled to Saginaw Valley State University for the annual Michigan State Thespian Festival. RTC members chose to take competition pieces to perform in the Individual Events, and also participate in recreational shows brought to the Festival by other schools and informational workshops including improv, dance, vocal.  

Competing in categories such as musical theatre, monologues, group acting and dance, each event went in front of three judges and their peers and presented their pieces.

“It felt so amazing to compete because not only did I make myself proud, but I made my theatre company proud through bringing my own talents,” Spencer Reno ‘16 said.

Not only just for the actors, technicians had the chance to shine. Head customer Halli Racz ‘17 competed in costume design, Head Sound Natasha Stevanovich ‘17 competed in sound design, and Technical Director Andrew Long ‘16 competed in scenic design.

“I thought it was nerve wracking because there was a lot I could improvise on,” Stevanovich said. “It’s very based on yourself, what you wanted for the show, along with your director and you never know how the judges will take it. There’s nothing to go on except your own ideas and creativity.”

Long and Megan Vandeberghe ‘16 competed for scholarships. Students may only compete if they’re a senior and are planning in, at the least, minoring in theatre. Colleges such as Michigan State, Western, Rochester, and Ohio Northern had representatives assigned to give out a limited amount of scholarships. In total, $79,000 came back to Romeo from the two combined.

Tears of gratitude and love and overwhelming feelings of success filled the bus ride home. Troupe 4880 came home with 11 Excellents and 12 Superiors, the two highest rankings given by judges.

As an unexpected surprise, Steven Prokuda ‘17 won a new light for our auditorium with his outstanding performance in the Tech Olympics.

The fun-filled weekend may be over, but Aida, the spring musical is just around the corner!


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