Natasha Stevanovich ’17 – Michigan International Thespian Festival 2015 is set to take place on December 4-5th 2015, at Saginaw Valley State University.
Thespian Festival is a theatre festival where different high school theatre troupes from across the state come to participate in workshops in their desired field and compete in over 50 categories from Monologue acting to Group Musical Theatre, and even technical aspects such as Sound Design or Scenic Design.
Seniors have the option to attend Thespian to compete for scholarships from several schools including the coveted Thespian Scholarship if chosen by their director. The students chosen for the Thespian Scholarship are considered to be the top 10 in the state and receive $500 to the school of their choice. There are two categories in which each director can enter two students; community service or acting/musical theatre. This year Mrs. Knoblock selected Megan Vandeberghe ‘16 and Andrew Long ‘16 to compete for the title.
“I remember my freshman year when I watched my theatre company take three spots for top 10 in the state and I remember thinking to myself, ‘I want to do that.’ And now I’ve been working for months on my competition piece and practicing my interviews to myself in the mirror in hopes that I can achieve this title,” Vandeberghe said.
Students have the opportunity to go before a group of recruits from the colleges or universities attending and perform or present for them. At the end of the festival those competing could get offered scholarships. As an annual event, students get the chance to meet kids from other schools and learn from one another, try new things and make new friends.