The McPherson High School Theatre Troupe #3796 learned last Friday at the Kansas State Thespian Festival that the Fall production of Noises Off was one of eight high school plays from across the nation (and Canada) to be chosen as a Main Stage production to be presented at the International Thespian Festival to be held this June at the University of Nebraska.
This is the first time in the school’s history to be selected to perform at the International Thespian Festival.
“This is a once in a life time dream for them and we are beyond a state of disbelief,” MHS Theatre Director Greg McGlynn said.
The play will be reproduced in May on the McPherson High School Main Stage in preparation for performing again at the festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.
“Of course, this honor will take money, so we will be fundraising throughout the semester to cover transportation of the two story set, room, meals and registration costs for a full week at Internationals,” McGlynn said.
Every summer, thousands of high school Thespians bring their love of all things theatre to the International Thespian Festival—also known as ThesFest—a celebration of student achievement in the arts. Organized by the Educational Theatre Association and hosted at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, the ITF is a one-of-a-kind, week-long immersion experience in singing, dancing, acting, designing, directing, creating, writing, and memory-making. ITF features workshops presented by theatre professionals, individual and group performances, programs for technical theatre students, and opportunities to audition for college admission and scholarships.
This year’s event will run from June 24-29 in Lincoln.