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2023 Michigan Thespian Festival

Fifteen thespians from SCA Troupe 8342 had an enriching experience at the Michigan Thespian Festival in Lansing, where they engaged in educational workshops, auditioned for scholarships, and participated in the Tech Olympics. The troupe excelled in various categories, including Small Group Acting, Monologue Acting, Solo Musical Theater, and Tech Olympics, earning accolades and a notable college scholarship offer of $314,000.00 for student Bryce Lang.
December 9, 2023

The Michigan Thespian Festival

Fifteen thespians from SCA Troupe 8342 traveled to Lansing to participate in the Michigan Thespian Festival on December 8 and 9. The weekend boasts an educational component as well as a competitive element (individuals and groups competing for a “score"), and for seniors, the weekend culminates in the offering of significant college scholarships.

There were over 50 dramatic arts workshops offered, ranging from dance classes taught by Broadway artists to musical theater tips and tricks as well as courses for stage management and all things technical. In essence, everyone benefitted from the experience.

The drama Stars auditioned for scholarships, were adjudicated (evaluated objectively, directly, and with detailed criticism) on their selected performances, and participated in Tech Olympics (the coveted techie competition with over 60 students participating). A highlight of their day on Friday was attending Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Lansing, celebrating the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and singing so beautifully, particularly the Latin hymns and prayers, that mass-goers gave them warm smiles.

When the curtain fell after the final performances, the Stars evaluated their weekend, noting that they performed amazingly well, made new friends, and had the time of their lives!

How did we do?
  • Small Group Acting (Lizzy Harris, Shea Downey, Ellie Pinter, Abby Savage, and Emmy Kara, performing a piece from Earnestly Earnestine) scored SUPERIOR*!
  • Monologue Acting (Abby Savage, performing pieces from Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well and the musical “Gypsy”) scored EXCELLENT!
  • Solo Musical Theater (Lizzy Harris, performing “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from Phantom of the Opera) scored SUPERIOR!

 *Scoring is based on three judges evaluating the performance, providing written feedback, and individually ranking the performance as Superior, Excellent, Good, or Fair.

  • Tech Olympics (Brooke Winkler in her Inaugural competition) – 1st Place Overall, Best Technician
  • Thespian Scholarship Competition recognizes the top 10 theatre students in the state of Michigan, administered by EdTA (Educational Theatre Association) – Bryce Lang

 College Scholarship Offers presented to Bryce Lang - $314,000.00


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