At the Thespian Festival, students had a chance to see what was considered to be the top four plays performed this Fall in Iowa High Schools. These were called mainstage performances, with two performances each day: one in the morning, and one at night. Each performance gave Thespians a chance to see acting uncensored, as well partly unscripted. One of these performances was a musical called 25th Annual Putnam Spelling bee performed by Bettendorf High School. Sophomore Sarah Schrupp says, “The first mainstage performance, the spelling Bee, was definitely my favorite.”
Boone High was also among those who performed at Thes Fest, doing a one act rendition of our spring play “The Hobbit.” Junior Alyssa Kernahan says, “With as little time as we had to prepare, we still did the best we could and even though we had very few props, it went well.”
In addition to the troop performing as a group, individuals from the Boone Thespian group also performed. These individuals include Brayden Biersner doing musical theater, and Cassie Foltz performing for a chance to win theater scholarships. In addition, Sarah Schrupp was running for a state board position in an attempt to make Boone more aware of our arts program and to gain support for the theater at Boone High.
Other individuals, including Lizzy Ludwick, Jake Ludwick, Brittany Bouke, Natasha Tellinghuisen, Jade Myers, Demitri Wojick, and Catherine Sikes, competed in the Thes Fest Tech challenge, which was a challenge that had the purpose of going behind the scenes of the theater to remember that without techies the actors would not have set, props, sound, costume, lights, makeup, and much more. The challenge pushed the group to work together as well as individually in their excelled areas. This group of Techies did challenges ranging from operation of stage lights, to building set, giving stage directions, and more.
Not only did the thespians compete and watch performances at Thes Fest, but they also had a chance to learn. Between main stage performances and competitions, there were workshops held. Each individual was allowed to pick from a list of which workshop they wished to attend based off their own interest. Sophomore Jake Ludwick says, “We had a fun time learning to write scripts and our teacher was awesome. He was a really laid back, cool guy.”
Beyond learning, watching, and performing, the thespians got to have some fun with an on going 20 photo scavenger hunt that lasted all weekend. Throughout the weekend, Thespians took pictures with people that were on the list for required, and anyone who got all 20 photos was recognized at closing ceremonies.