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Douglas High finds success at Thespian State Festival

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Douglas High School students and thespians Joe Campbell, Ali Cronin, Nicole Epper, Dalton Miller, Sidney Miller, and Olivia Swearingen paraded home March 13 after their accomplishments at the Nevada State Thespian Festival and Conference held in Las Vegas, March 9-12. Now these drama students turn their focus to raising the $8,000 needed to participate in the International Thespian Festival, which includes travel expenses, registration fees, room and board, and workshop at this week-long event in June.

During the four-day long state event, students experienced busy days filled with workshops and play performances from the best high school theater in Nevada. The workshops included learning dialects, special effects makeup, creating prosthesis, Broadway choreography, claymation, playwriting, scene painting, hand-to-hand combat, auditioning for film and television, taught by talent such as Taylor Bradley, and a dancer from the movie 2011 movie "Footloose." Nicole and Sidney auditioned for and were cast in two different student-written plays. Joe, Ali, Dalton and Olivia all auditioned and performed in the opening number, which required learning the music and choreography in about 12 hours.

For the competition portion of the festival students prepared performances ranging from duet musical, duet scenes, contrasting monologues, one-act plays and solo musicals.

Other events included short film, play writing, stage management and set, lighting, sound and costume design.

"Douglas High School's Theater Troupe 990 proved to be huge in talent when they racked up some of the highest setting scores of the festival," said Dalton.

Nicole and Joe rated superior in contrasting monologues; Dalton, Ali, Joe and Olivia rated superior in solo musicals. Ali earned a $1,000 theater arts scholarship to a college of her choice. Following in the footsteps of Olivia (DHS's previous year showcase performer), Joe showcased his solo musical on the main stage in which only performers ranking a perfect score may perform. This marks the fourth year in a row that DHS has received this honor.

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Besides competing with the top talent among high school students across the country and the world at the International level, Broadway and other professional actors, dancers, composers, writers, designers and directors work with students with over 200 workshop offerings and performances for students must audition.

Students can audition for more than 80 performing arts schools theatre arts college programs.

"As six students cannot raise this amount through their own fundraising efforts, we are asking the community for scholarship donations to help fund this once in a life time experience," Dalton said. "We need the individual, business, and community service assistance."

Donations can be sent to the school at the attention of Amy Sando, Drama Department.

A silent auction at the drama department's May Comedy Improv show will also help with the cost for international thespian festival.