ITS State Festival Report from Ms. Patti Reeves and Mr. Bill Knox
On the weekend of January 25 and 26th the Caddo Magnet Players traveled to NSU to join 700 other high school theatre kids from 20 different schools for the International Thespian Society Louisiana State Festival. The festival offers something for every student. There are over 30 workshops, Individual Events Competition, College Scholarship Competition and national keynote speakers. Senior Carter Calahan was an STO for the festival, one of only 6 in the state, on the Student State Board who helped run the festival.
We started the festival off with a win. Kay Ellen Henderson and Zoe Walker won the Tech Challenge Event. This is a technical “obstacle course”. Two students from each school go through the paces and the team that completes all the stops correctly in the fastest time, win. Mary Fletcher won the Musical Trivia Contest.
We had students competing in 5 different Individual events. Three of our events received superior evaluations.
- In Solo Musical Theresa Johnson
- in Duet Musical Brinn McDonald and Brody Tolliver
- in Group Musical – Meredith Fisher, Lachlie Bonial, Sophia Gappo, Selena Simmons and Ray Carroway.
Our showcase production, Orphan Train received a superior. Students in the show were: Seniors: Lucy Engman, Mary Fletcher, Kay Ellen Henderson, Jordan Mahotiere, , Ean Marsh, Eli Rustvold and Cason Smith and Juniors: KeAndra Davenport, Sophia Gappo, Rob King, LeAnn McCray and Jacob Smith. With Carter Calahan on sound.
On Saturday we found that Theresa Johnson and Brinn McDonald and Brody Tolliver would be competing at Nationals and they would be performing for the closing ceremonies.
Sophomore, Jackson Holoubek, will be next year’s State Board Member.
College Callbacks were:
Loyola Tech LSU NSU
Carter Calahan Brinn McDonald Brinn McDonald Carter Calahan
Sarah Lord Cason Smith Cason Smith Ken Goff
Brinn McDonald Sarah Lord
Cason Smith Brinn McDonald
Louisiana College KD Conservatory in Dallas BPCC New York Flm Academy
Carter Calahan Carter Calahan Carter Calahan Carter Calahan
Sarah Lord Sarah Lord Sarah Lord
Brinn McDonald Brinn McDonald Cason Smith
Cason Smith Cason Smith