Junior Thespian Festival 2014

The Junior Thespian Festival is a three-day celebration of theatre for middle school students (grades six through eight) and their teachers. This event provides Junior Thespians with opportunities to develop their theatre skills, make new friends, and share the theatre experience with their peers and teachers from around the country.

For more information on Junior Thespian Festival 2014, contact Craig Branch at cbranch@schooltheatre.org.
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Junior Thespian Festival 2014 finished on a high note with the Junior National Individual Events Showcase. Visit youtube to see clips of the performers.

A much-deserved standing ovation from the Junior Thespians to their hardworking theatre teachers.

Teachers, thanks for all you do.

There was some amazing talent at the Junior Thespian Festival this weekend in Texas. Here are some images from Sunday’s Junior National Individual Events Showcase. Congrats to all qualifiers!

In order from the top:

Eva Catherine Crawford and Kayla Wiggins from Our Lady of the Valley School, Junior Thespian troupe 88732, performing a selection of Driver’s Test by Don Zolitas.

Alexander Doege from Mesa Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 89186 performing selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare and Hall Pass by Lindsay Price.

Magnolia Stuart from Oak Hall School, Junior Thespian troupe 88826, performing selections from Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare and Much Ado High School by Lindsay Price.

Alysa Carpenter from Mountain Ridge Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88933, performing “Everything I Know” from In the Heights, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegria Hudes.

Eli Freeman and Emily Gleim from Oak Hall School, Junior Thespian troupe 88826 performing a selection of Jealousy Jane by Lindsay Price.

Olivia Fant from Our Lady of the Valley School, Junior Thespian troupe 88732 performing “Pulled” from The Addams Family, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

Jake Govett and Thomas Hipp from Mountain Ridge Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88933, performing a selection of Wait Wait Bo Bait by Lindsay Price.

Nicholas Rogers from Mountain Ridge Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88933, performing “When Words Fail” from Shrek The Musical, music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Drake Leach and Austin Parker from Cross Timbers Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 89166, performing a selection of The Battle of Brown and Whitmore by David J. LeMaster.

Savannah Howard and Danielle Mills from Mountain Ridge Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88933 performing “Secondary Characters” from [title of show], music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell.

Pictures and video by Kevin George and Harper Lee. We all had a wonderful weekend at the Junior Thespian Festival. Here’s a glimpse of the entire event!

Hope to see you at Junior Thespian Festival 2015. Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 19 - Saturday, March 21. Our hosts will be Thespian troupe 7398 at the Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee.

Photos by Kevin George

Sunday morning’s warmup was led by the 2013-2014 International Thespian Officers. After leading the Junior Thespians in a few dance moves, they hosted Creative Conditions: The Game Show!

The Junior National Individual Events Showcase (JNIES) program provides students with the opportunity to develop their audition skills while receiving instructional feedback on prepared theatrical material. Whether their focus is acting, musical theatre, or technical theatre, the Individual Events program is designed to acknowledge the students’ strengths and provide suggestions for further artistic growth. This year, all Individual Events, both performance and technical, were offered at the Junior Thespian Festival.

The following students competed in the Junior National Individual Events Showcase and received a rating of accomplished. This rating qualifies them to participate in Individual Events at the Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska this summer.

Congratulations to all of this year’s JNIES participants! We hope to see the following qualifiers in Lincoln!

Costume design

Eliza McElroy, Coppell Middle School West, Junior Thespian troupe 88607

Mikayla Courville, Henry W. Grady Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 89041

Shelby Hieter, Henry W. Grady Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 89041

Monologue

Sradha Panatpur, Coppell Middle School West, Junior Thespian troupe 88607

Tricia Lee, Coppell Middle School West, Junior Thespian troupe 88607

Tessa Elward, Our Lady of the Valley School, Junior Thespian troupe 88732

Avery Martin, Our Lady of the Valley School, Junior Thespian troupe 88732

Chandler Norman, Our Lady of the Valley School, Junior Thespian troupe 88732

Alexander Doege, Mesa Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 89186

Kristen Carter, Champion Theme Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 89129

Genesis Rice, Champion Theme Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 89129

Harley Kalter, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88933

Michael Diamond, Oak Hall School, Junior Thespian troupe 88826

Kaylyn Koons, Oak Hall School, Junior Thespian troupe 88826

Kathleen McCauley, Oak Hall School, Junior Thespian troupe 88826

Magnolia Stuart, Oak Hall School, Junior Thespian troupe 88826

Duet acting

Eva Catherine Crawford and Kayla Wiggins, Our Lady of the Valley School, Junior Thespian troupe 88732

Jake Govett and Thomas Hipp, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88933

Eli Freeman and Emily Gleim, Oak Hall School, Junior Thespian troupe 88826

Matt Armstrong and Anthony Moreno, Oak Hall School, Junior Thespian troupe 88826

Cole Even and Megan Orante, Viking Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88093

Isabelle Candler and Tyann Ellis, Coppell Middle School West, Junior Thespian troupe 88607

Lindsey Reimer and Peyton Wallace, Coppell Middle School West, Junior Thespian troupe 88607

Aisran Perez and Vivian Reyes, IS229 Dr. Roland Patterson Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 89019,

Drake Leach and Austin Parker, Cross Timbers Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe, 89166

Solo musical theatre

Olivia Fant, Our Lady of the Valley School, Junior Thespian troupe 88732

Nicholas Rogers, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88933

Madeline Kee, American Academy, Junior Thespian troupe 88842

Sharanya Akula, Coppell Middle School West, Junior Thespian troupe 88607

Riya Mahesh, Coppell Middle School West, Junior Thespian troupe 88607

Ardi Saunders, Coppell Middle School West, Junior Thespian troupe 88607

Isabel Malin, Cross Timbers Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe, 89166

Alysa Carpenter, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88933

Duet musical theatre

Savannah Howard and Danielle Mills, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88933

Molly Ellis and Camden Foote, Oak Hall School, Junior Thespian troupe 88826         

This weekend, Junior Thespians competed in the Junior Tech Challenge. The event featured six events: fold a drop, cable relay, costume quick change, prop shift, knot tying, and sew a button.

Tech challenge took place in two sessions. The following teams placed first in their session. Congratulations to the winners!! Each team member earned a $25 gift certificate for their school to use toward any purchase from Batts AVL.

First session

Winner: Team Clouds

Miranda Miller, Argyle Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88845

Surya Ramakrishnan, Coppell Middle School West, Junior Thespian troupe 88607

Purvam Patel, Coppell Middle School West, Junior Thespian troupe 88607

Tricia Lee, Coppell Middle School West, Junior Thespian troupe 88607

Claire Harris, Coppell Middle School West, Junior Thespian troupe 88607

Trinity Fisher, Coppell Middle School West, Junior Thespian troupe 88607

Katriana Beard, Heritage Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88352

Justin Nottingham, 88 Heritage Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88352

Justin Boackle, Our Lady of the Valley School, Junior Thespian troupe 88732

Madelyn Vaughn, Our Lady of the Valley School, Junior Thespian troupe 88732

Brianna Haith, Viking Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88093

Clara Lodesky, Viking Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88093

Connor Bradley, Viking Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88093

Second session

Winner: Team Tornado

Lauren Swasey, Champion Theme Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 89129

Jayce Mays, Champion Theme Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 89129

Victor Tranpark, Henry W. Grady Middle School, Junior Thespian 89041

Tatiana Brophy, Henry W. Grady Middle School, Junior Thespian 89041

Emeil Thornton, KIPP Sharpstown College Prep

Cameron Hunt, Klein Intermediate, Junior Thespian troupe 88899

Kamrey Mantz, Maurine Cain Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 89170

Katelyn Farmer, Mesa Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 89186

Ian Spillman, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88933

Collin  Bean, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 88933

Kaylyn Koons, Oak Hall School, Junior Thespian troupe 88826

Cade Parham, Reynolds Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 89061      

Elizabeth Kirby, Reynolds Middle School, Junior Thespian troupe 89061

Photos by Kevin George and Harper Lee

Images from Saturday evening’s main stage show:

13

Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.

Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

Presented by Junior Thespian troupe 88093 from Viking Middle School in Gurnee, Illinois.

Directed by Karen Pionke.

13 is produced with permission from Music Theatre International.

A few images from Saturday workshops!

Japanese Kabuki theatre with Kent Williams

Directing plays with young performers with Dennis Maganza

Playwriting now with Lindsay Price

Introduction to television commercials with Deborah Stone

A snippet of this morning’s warm up, led by Eli Yamin of The Jazz Drama Program.