High School Productions of Bright Star, Xanadu, She Kills Monsters Join 2019 International Thespian Festival Main Stage Performance Roster

Education News   High School Productions of Bright Star, Xanadu, She Kills Monsters Join 2019 International Thespian Festival Main Stage Performance Roster
11 groups in total will remount full productions of their high school play or musical during the 56th annual festival in Nebraska.
Carmen Cusack
Carmen Cusack

Three additional schools have been announced to perform on the main stage at the 2019 International Thespian Festival, set to be held this June in in Lincoln, Nebraska. Joining eight productions announced earlier this year, the newly-invited schools will present productions of Bright Star, Xanadu, and She Kills Monsters.

The opportunity is a major achievement for schools that participate in the festival, with only a select few being invited to perform on the ITF main stage following a nationwide screening and adjudication process. This batch of productions was selected from spring 2019 adjudications, while the other eight invited schools were selected from the fall.

The International Thespian Festival, produced by EdTA and set this year for June 24–29, brings more than 4,000 high school drama students and their teachers together for a week of workshops, networking opportunities, and inspiration. ITF attendees have the chance to interact with colleges, Broadway professionals, and industry leaders as they work towards honing their craft.

Here are the three newly-invited schools that will perform on the 2019 ITF main stage:

Rock Ridge Performing Arts in Ashburn, Virginia, Troupe 8104
Bright Star, Directed by Anthony Cimino-Johnson

Arab High School in Arab, Alabama, Troupe 7023
Xanadu, Directed by Brian Quillin

St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Missouri, Troupe 1171
She Kills Monsters, Directed by Courtney LaChance-Denton

They join the eight schools previously announced:

J.J. Pierce High School in Richardson, Texas, Troupe 6896
Shakespeare in Love, directed by Heather Biddle

Parkland High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Troupe 439
26 Pebbles, directed by Mark Stutz

Kansas All State in Olathe, Kansas
Bring It On, directed by Ed Shafer

Jemicy School in Owings Mills, Maryland, Troupe 8269
Peter and the Starcatcher, directed by Sean Elias

North Penn High School in Landsdale, Pennsylvania, Troupe 5464
A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Andrea Roney and Debra Buckner

Garden City High School in Garden City, Kansas, Troupe 2846
Hamlet, directed by Barbara Hilt

McPherson High School in McPherson, Kansas, Troupe 3796
Noises Off, directed by Greg McGlynn

South Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon, Troupe 750
Be More Chill, directed by Patrick Avery

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