Student thespians compete at state festival |

Student thespians compete at state festival

by Caryn Haller

Several Douglas High School thespians competed in the Northern Nevada Theatre Festival on Feb. 3-4.

Seven qualified to represent the school at the Nevada State Theatre Festival in Las Vegas, March 22 through 24.

“It is a competitive event although they call it a festival because kids aren’t ranked first, second, third. They are given a superior, excellent, good or fair by judges that are themselves performers or directors,” drama teacher Amy Sando said. “I am very proud that we did so well. The drama program is blessed with talented kids, and I know that more students will be involved next year. The judges at state will be tougher and our students are practicing to improve their performances.”

At regionals, held at Damonte Ranch High School, students prepared and performed various acting and musical events for three judges. There were also technical events (costuming, lighting design, set design, sound design) and a short film competition. They needed to earn an excellent or superior on the judging ballot to qualify to compete at the state level.

Last year was Douglas High School’s first year competing at the regional festival with three students. Two advanced to the state level. This year, seven out of 12 students advanced. The school also had two students direct plays for the short play competition.

“Not only do they perform, but it is also set up as an audition for performing arts schools. Students can be offered scholarships and be asked to apply to these schools,” Sando said. “This festival gives drama students another venue to perform, similar to speech and debate. I would like our students to enter the short film competition next year and get more singers involved for solo musical and duet musicals.”

If they do well at state, they then qualify to go to the week-long International Thespian Festival this summer in Lincoln, Neb.

Students will be performing their pieces 4-8 p.m. March 17 in the DHS drama room to help raise funds for state and internationals. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.