The Cast and Crew of Fire Exit poses for a picture after their first place win at Regionals on December 4.
They head to State Competition January 21-23.
Thespian Troupe #2861 Places First at Regionals, Advances to State!
The Munster High School theatre program competed at the Indiana Thespians Regional competition on December 4 and placed first out of the seven schools that performed. During these competitions students are given 45 minutes to set, perform, and strike a piece of theatre before a panel of 3 judges. This year the Munster Thespians performed a play entitled Fire Exit. This drama about the a school fire and the effects it had on the students and adults also earned "Best Ensemble" by the panel of judges. This is Munster’s fourth year competing and second qualification for State. Munster High School Auditorium Director, Mr. Ray Palasz, had this to say about the troupe’s accomplishment, “I am not surprised they took first. This is one of the most focused, detail-oriented group of actors and technicians that I have worked with. Their dedication to telling the story truthfully is what earned them this award. I am proud to have been able to coach them to be their very best.
Wilbur Wright Theatre Company competed at this same competition, and earned fifth place, besting two high school programs. They presented the drama Cheaters, which told the story of students falsely accused of cheating by school administrators so they could plant tracking devices on student phones. The story echoed the McCarthyism of the 1950s. Eighth-grader Wesley Harle earned one of the Outstanding Lead Performer Awards, given out by the judges. This is the first time that a middle school student has earned this award for Wilbur Wright!
Druvh Tumuluri (Cheaters) and Chloe Sarkady (Fire Exit) each earned the All-Star Awards for their shows. These awards are given out by the State Thespian Officers, the student leadership of Indiana Thespians.