WWTC/MTC Shine at Thespian Nation Live

 

On January 28-31, WWTC and MTC were treated to a State Conference Event like no other!  Due to the pandemic, Indiana Thespians joined the Educational Theatre Association and 12 other Chapters for Thespian Nation Live.  This virtual conference featured keynote presentations by Cody Richard Renard, a Broadway stage manager, and Arbender Robinson, a musical theatre performer who hails from Joliet, Illinois.  Throughout the weekend, WWTC  and MTC students gathered in the Munster Auditorium to take workshops from national teaching artists on all areas of theatre!

The weekend kicked off with Theatre Alive! This tribute to educational theatre was a free event that raised money for school theatre programs.  Hosted by TV stars Nia Vardalos and John Stamos, it featured presentations by Wayne Brady, Chaten Buttigieg, Tina Fey, Audra McDonald, Amber Riley, Jennifer Hudson, and Samuel L. Jackson.  It also celebrated the 2020 inductees into the Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame.  The goal was to raise $200,000 for grant-making for school theatre programs.

As part of the weekend, our students participated in the International Thespian Excellence Awards.  These are individual acting, design, marketing, stage management, and film events.  Those who earn a Superior qualify to compete at the International Thespian Festival in June.


HIGH SCHOOL THESPY WINNERS

 

Michael Casner
Superior in Solo Musical

Sarah Espiritu
Superior in Solo Musical

Josephine Mittelberger and Isidora Pavlic
Excellent in Short Film

Delaney Craig
Excellent in Solo Musical

Isidora Pavlic
Excellent in Monologues

Lucas Opiola
Excellent in Lighting Design

Chloe Sarkady and Isidora Pavlic
Excellent in Duet Acting

Chloe Sarkady
Excellent in Monologues



MIDDLE SCHOOL THESPY WINNERS:

 

Evvy Kikkert
Excellent in Monologues

Pablo Saltanovitz and Alexi Johnson
Excellent in Duet Acting

Mathilde Kirk
Excellent in Solo Musical

Ellie Gelarden
Excellent in Solo Musical

Isabella Parker-Flinchum
Excellent in Monologues

Congratulations to all!


In addition, the Munster Theatre Company Thespian Troupe #2861 was recognized as a Gold Honor Troupe. This ranking is the result of a portfolio of the performance, service, and other activities that we carried out in the 2018-2019 school year. This portfolio was presented earlier this school year.