Thespians return from state competition

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By Kesi Jackson

The state competition for Thespians took place Wednesday March 15 to Sunday March 19.

Leon sent six acts to the competition- two large group musicals, costume design, large group ensemble for acting, a student directed scene and a solo song.

To go to this competition, the acts had to receive a superior at the district competition, which was in early January.

Junior Malori Wallace has submitted two costume designs before this. This competition was her third time submitting something in that category.

“I’m excited,” Wallace said prior to the event. “All of the thespian teachers that were here my freshman year, so Mr.Durham, Mr.Mitchell and Ms. Millie, told me to continue doing costume design because I was going to go far, so I’ve just never stopped.”

Wallace performed in a group musical last year, and did the same this year. She performed Strongest Suit from the musical Aida.

Junior Zira Brown received an excellent at the district competition, so she did not move on to states. At the district competition she did a duet scene with Taveion Mickens called “The Fire Raisers.”

Despite the fact that she will not be moving on, she is still enthusiastic about thespians.

“I like to compete because it’s fun and interesting,” Brown said. “When you go there you’re mainly competing against your own troupe. You get to see a lot of shows and a lot of new talent.”

“Also, you get to meet a lot of new people and make new connections,” Wallace said.

Wallace says that Thespians started practicing early in the first semester to give the troupe an adequate amount of time to prep for the district competition.

Wallace said that the state competition is known for it workshops, where they teach a dance or technology class.

The workshops are free, but the competition is not. The competition costs about $500 for each person, so the theater department does a lot of fundraising to ensure that everyone can go. Ticket sales from “To Kill A Mockingbird” went towards fundraising.