NSHS Thespians attended the California State Thespian Festival March 28 – 30, 2014 in Upland. What a great time! We saw some of the most moving high school theatre around–snippets from Sweeny Todd and Almost Maine were among our favorites. This is the first of a two-part report of what we did at Festival.
Thursday & Pre-Festival Prep
Traveling with Salinas High School, we all boarded the bus @ 4:30 pm and joined Pacific Collegiate High School Thespians from Santa Cruz. You know you are on a bus on the way to the California Thespian Festival when all 50 kids are singing “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen…ON KEY.
We stopped and got bad fast food and waited in some horrendous traffic, but that’s also part of the experience. Kids were singing, playing games and guitars, talking AP and politics, and eating more bad-for-you food.
We arrived to our hotel around 11:30, checked in, and got the only decent sleep for the entire weekend as it was nonstop theatre from Friday 9:30 am to Sunday 1:00 pm.
NSHS Thespian Troupe 4914’s President Adrian and VP Kiana represented our troupe on the Main Stage in an opening number they had to memorize prior to arriving at Festival. They spent quite a few hours watching the YouTube link and learning a complicated, yet exhilarating dance routine.
Friday: It’s Show Time!
On Friday all the students competed and/or auditioned. Most NSHS students auditioned for the All-State Show which consists of two themed acts. Students are to find a selection that jives with the theme of “Infinite Perspectives.” Audition pieces may be acting, singing, dancing or other appropriate talent as long as the piece fits the theme of the act. Auditions are limited to one minute for individuals and two minutes for groups. It’s not a long time to strut your stuff, so you must be super rehearsed and ready.
Act 1: Seeking Fortune, Finding Tragedy
- Every light creates shadows.
- Luxury is not everlasting; what you think is the source of your happiness could ultimately be the source of your misery.
- Sometimes the desire to achieve more blinds you from all you already have.
- Every rose has its thorns, so what are yours?
Act II: Finding Light in the Dark
- With every dark cloud there is a silver lining.
- You must remember that tomorrow will come, and the sun will part the darkness.
- If you look hard enough, you may just find that you are the source of light, so find what makes you shine.
King, dancer from the Unknowns, was cast. In fact, he was the opener for his act!
Let’s do our own!
So I was thinking about doing a All-State style show for our final this year…We could find interesting selections of dance, movement, acting, or anything else that goes with our theme.
Think of all the great work we have done this year: we could put our individual acts together into a cohesive show. You would have to memorize something. Sorry, you can’t lip sync. Let’s do a two minute routine if going solo or up to five for groups. You would have to learn a super simple song/dance for the opening and closing of our show. We would rehearse it a bunch of times, tech, and perform it during senior finals. Oh, and we would invite a real audience…
So tell us
What themes could we use to create our Finals Show? Love? Choices? Family? It needs to be fairly broad so we can have lots of material from which to choose, but not so general that almost anything goes…
Give us another suggestion of a theme other than the three ones listed above and why it might be a good fit for your class. Confused about themes? Check out one definition here.