Austin Taseski ‘21: This past weekend the Romeo theatre company traveled to Grand Rapids for the 2018 Michigan Thespian Festival. A total of 1800 students attended the festival from around the state, specifically, 42 of those students participate in Romeo Theatre Company.

The festival consisted of many individual events that students competed in to win awards and audition for college scholarships. The festival also included performances by two high school troupes from around the state, Romeo Theatre Company chosen as one.

Romeo Theatre Company performed the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, at 21 Monroe Live. With an audience of 1635 students, the prideful reputation of Romeo Theatre Company continued as the show left an everlasting impression of perfection.

“We had five students competing for scholarships,” Kendra Knoblock, teacher and theatre director at Romeo High School, said.

The festival offers many scholarships opportunities for students. Across the state, over $9,000,000 in scholarships offered an opened many possibilities for students.

“Romeo itself came home with over $300,000 and that was without Isabella Capanda, who won Top Ten Thespian in the state,” Knoblock said.

Other than competing for scholarships, students competed in individual events where to display an excellence in theatre.

Romeo students took home 11 excellent awards and 17 superior awards. The troupe participated in monologue, acting, musical theatre, design, dance and more.

“It was very exciting seeing everyone perform,” Isabella Capanda ‘19 said. “I loved how everybody was so supportive of each other and celebrate in each others victories.”

With another successful year in Grand Rapids, Romeo Theatre Company hopes to attend again next year with more awards and more scholarships opportunities for students.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.