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Olathe North Theatre took 30 students to the State Thespian Festival this weekend. They were incredible! They performed and represented Olathe North like true Eagles. We had a very successful weekend, bringing home more awards and accolades then we have brought home from Festival ever in the past. If you see these students please congratulate them on a job well done.
Olathe North will be taking a show to the International Festival this summer for the first time ever. The repertory theatre class produced and performed a one-act entitled “The Bible in 30 Minutes or Less” which was the only one-act of at least 12 from the festival to be selected to perform at the International Thespian Festival in June.
The Olathe North Theatre improv team placed third (second, because 1st was a tie) among 65 other improv teams. They are the first Olathe North Improv team to place at a state competition. This is even more impressive knowing that this team has only been working together for just at a month. They were formed from those that attended our 3 improv nights. This team practiced throughout the month of December and went to state hoping to place, and ended up on the podium.
Emily Martin (junior) was elected as a state thespian officer. Emily is the first Olathe North student and one of less than 5 from across the district to be elected as an STO. State Thespian Officer is one of the highest leadership positions a thespian can receive. Emily will be helping to plan the festival for next year, 2019, as well as representing the state at thespian events, advocacy events and others ways across the state.
Thursday we had 28 of the 30 participate in Individual Events. This is a competitive event sponsored by to Thespians. Students are ranked superior, excellent, good, fair on a rubric provided by the Education Theatre Association. Participants can compete in many different acting and technical theatre areas.
9 Individual Events (12 students)receiving a Superior (which qualifies them for the national festival in June):
Kendall Gross (Senior)- Lighting Design (An Olathe North First)
Caleb Bishop and Lauren Morse (Seniors)- Duet Acting
David Genis and Jackson Wilks (Seniors)- Duet Acting
Allyson Tinker (Senior)- Solo Musical (also received a superior last year)
Alexa Edmonds (Senior)- Set Design (An Olathe North First)
Alex Shine (Junior)- Costume Construction (An Olathe North First)
Emily Martin (Junior)- Stage Management (She also received a superior last year)
Chloe Van Kam and Sophia Hillman (Sophomores)- Duet Musical (Sophia also received a superior last year)
Katelyn Gillette (Sophomore)- Sound Design (An Olathe North and we believe OSD First)
In addition to this, Sophia Hillman and Chloe Van Kam were one of 10 superiors out of all the superiors awarded at the festival to be selected to perform at the Individual Events showcase Friday Night.
11 Individual Events (16 students) received an Excellent:
Natalie Crane(Senior)-Solo Musical
Ashley Elliot(Senior)- Costume Design
Ashton Gohman (Senior)- Solo Musical
Ryan Foster and Sam Schaper( Senior and Freshman)-Duet Acting
Prinston Hoang and Deprise Lons (Senior and Junior)- Duet Acting
Amy Kaba and Sarah Lewis(Senior and Junior)-Duet Acting
Mady Edmonds and Ashley Strella (Juniors)- Duet Musical
Matt Ferguson(Junior)- Solo Acting/Monologue
Drew Bellamy and Hannah Shiefielbein(Sophomores)- Duet Acting
Hannah Guzman (Sophomore)- Solo Musical
Molly Martin(Sophomore)-Costume Design
Drew Bellamy (sophomore) wrote an original play entitled “Wish Agent” which was the only piece(among submissions from across Kansas) selected to be directed and then performed at the state festival. He received the Larry Shue (a Kansas Native playwright) award and was awarded a plaque that Olathe North will become the home to for the next year.
This year our thespian troupe also received a “Gold Honor Troupe” award meaning that our troupe actively participates in theatre outreach, bringing theatre to the community, Theatre productions, and Theatre participation. This is the highest award a thespian troupe can receive at the state level.
Olathe North had 5 seniors audition for colleges and receive a total of 112 callbacks. They were:
Natalie Crane (19 callbacks)
Alexa Edmonds (27 callbacks)
Amy Kaba (21 callbacks)
Allyson Tinker (19 callbacks)
Jackson Wilks (26 callbacks)
In addition, Natalie Crane and Amy Kaba were 2 out of 5 Seniors at the Festival to be selected for automatic admission into AMDA, a performing arts conservatory in New York City.
Students also participated in a Creative Costume, Theater Scholar Bowl, Speed Charades and Technical Theatre Olympics. Scoring better in many of these areas then we have in the past.
We also learned at the beginning of the semester, but it applies now, that Olathe North Thespian Troupe 3310 is currently the Largest Thespian Troupe in the state.
It was a very successful weekend for the theatre department, the thespian troupe, and its students. Please congratulate them as you see them.