At age 6, Jordan Sullivan knew she wanted to act.
The Douglas High School junior is one of seven students who qualified for the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb.
“I saw a Shakespeare play when I was 6 and I thought that is so cool. I want to do that,” Jordan said of acting. “Everybody seemed like they were having a lovely time, and they got to say ridiculous things and everybody clapped for them.”
Although Jordan qualified for the festival with her musical solo, she won’t be attending.
She will, however, perform her musical solo, “Ten Minutes Ago” from Cinderella at the State Thespians Showcase tonight and Saturday.
“I’ve always enjoyed singing,” she said. “It’s a more dynamic way to show off your emotional range.”
The showcase features 17 students performing monologues, duo scenes, solo and duet musicals and a short film.
Performances start at 7 p.m. both nights in room 101 of the high school. Cost is $10.
Dalton Miller, 16, is competing in contrasting monologues at the international festival.
“I like using my emotions in a monologue form,” the sophomore said. “I like all the people that come with acting. They’re really nice and really support what you do because they share the same likes as you.”
This was Dalton’s first year qualifying for the international festival.
“I was really excited and proud because internationals is against the whole United States, so you get to compete with a lot of people.”
Troop 990 Director Amy Sando said the caliber of the student’s abilities have increased since first competing four years ago.
The first year only one student qualified for internationals. Sando said the students have raised a third of the money needed for the international festival, and all proceeds from the showcase will go toward the cost.
“We have super talented kids,” she said. “The state showcase is an opportunity to really see how they represent our school at the state/international level.”
For more information, call 782-5136.