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March 21, 2013
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Douglas thespians earn Superior rank

Douglas High drama students recently returned from the State Thespian Festival in Las Vegas.

Out of 700 competitors, 21 Douglas thespians earned superior ratings, and can go on to the national level.

“For this being only our third year of thespian competition for DHS, I would call those results phenomenal,” drama teacher Amy Sando said.

The International Thespian Festival is June 24-28 in Lincoln, Neb.

The cost for all the students to attend are $30,000. To raise the money for airfare and registration fees, the drama students are holding a showcase and dessert fundraiser 7 p.m. Saturday.

“The first fundraiser will be a state showcase of all our state talent, which includes a dessert provided by DHS culinary arts,” Sando said. “Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a drawing for items such as two Disneyland passes, a one-night stay in the Tower Room at the Atlantis, Aces tickets, CVCT show tickets and other gifts.”

Ticket prices are $10 general admission and $7 for students and seniors.

Businesses and individuals can donate directly to the DHS drama department to help students cover costs to attend Internationals.

Besides competing for these spots at state, students attended several workshops presented by professionals in the entertainment industry.

“A few of these presenters offered to mentor or provide ongoing feedback on the particular field,” Sando said. “For example, Terrance Williams, a director and production manager in Las Vegas, offered to keep in contact with Chyanne Fischer, stage manager for several DHS productions, for questions on future productions. He piqued her interest in the field of production management and wants to mentor her if she goes into the field.

“As well, Kelsey Endter will be getting personal feedback on her short film from Kevin Hameani, an independent filmmaker and keynote speaker at the Festival. Many students commented on the quality and engagement of the workshops offered.”

Internationals will also feature workshops and contacts with theater, music and entertainment professionals, as well as auditions and scholarship opportunities for performing arts schools.

They will also see several plays, both from the best judged productions of high school theater this year, and professional production companies.

For more information contact Sando at

The students from Silver State High School are also raising money to send four students to the festival this year. They are asking anyone who would like to donate to make checks out to Silver State High School. Bring donations by the school at 788 Fairview Drive, Carson City, NV, 89701, or mail donations to the same address. For more information, contact Abbey Gardner at 883-7900 or

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The Record Courier Updated Mar 21, 2013 12:47PM Published Mar 22, 2013 12:26PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.