RAHS Drama

Theater at Roseville Area High School

Thespians and Festivals

State Chapter Festival and International Thespian Festival

Minnesota Thespians

Roseville Area High School is a member of an organization, The International Thespian Society, which provides support to students and teachers of theater. In addition to providing training opportunities for both teachers and for student-leaders, the Thespian Society helps to organize state and national theatre festivals.

Membership
At the end of the school year, students that have been active in the theater program may choose to become a Thespian member. The membership fee for Thespians is $30. Students need to provide their Director with student’s address, phone number, email and birth date in order to complete the membership registration.  Registration is available starting in March.

Benefits

• Membership in the only international honor society for high school theatre arts students—a recognized demonstration of achievement and a valuable addition to college and employment applications.

• A membership certificate and membership card.

• Free admission to all future RAHS Drama performances.

• A one-year (nine issues) subscription to Dramatics magazine (a $27 value). The first issue will arrive within 6 to 8 weeks for students inducted August through March. Students inducted April through July will receive their first issue in September.

• Leadership opportunities at the troupe, chapter, and international levels.

• Eligibility for scholarships through EdTA chapters and the home office.

• Eligibility to apply for student grants, including the Doug Finney Festival Grants (juniors and seniors), which are need-based grants to help Thespians attend the ITS Festival.

• Eligibility to audition at the Thespian Festival for admission to college theatre programs.

• Eligibility to submit original plays to the Thespian Playworks program.

• Eligibility to audition for chapter Individual Events programs and qualify for the National Individual Events Showcase (NIES) at the Thespian Festival.

• Eligibility to receive Thespian graduation and honor items (honor cords, point stars, pins, etc.).

Helpful Thespian Links

International Thespian Society Home Page

International Thespian Festival

Minnesota Thespian Society

State Thespian Conference

The Minnesota State Thespian Conference will be held in February.   At the State Conference, students attend the All State Show, One Acts and workshops on Sunday, and then attend workshops, perform and watch events from the National Individual Events Showcase, audition for college scholarships, and perform and watch one acts on Monday.

NIES Entry: Each student is eligible to perform a National Individual Events Showcase (NIES) entry. These performance are performed in front of three theater professionals who provide useful performance feedback.  Some superior performances are invited to perform for the entire group at the end of the day (on the Guthrie stage) or to perform at the International Thespian Festival in June. Coaching for your piece is available from drama staff. Categories include seven performance categories (monologue, duet/group acting, solo/duet/group musical theatre, and mime) and eight technical categories (costume design, costume construction, theatre marketing [formerly publicity design], scenic design, stage management, lighting design, sound design, and short film).

College Scholarship Audition: Seniors who are planning on majoring or minoring in a performance art discipline and who have a 2.75 gpa may audition for one of several $1,000 scholarships.

Tech Challenge Team: A group of RAHS Thespians will participate in the Tech Challenge.  This event involves timed execution of a range of technical challenges including light hang and focus, drop fold, knot tying, sound setup, and others.

The International Thespian Festival (ITF)

IFT will be held June 25th – 30th, 2018, on the University of Nebraska, Lincoln campus, and there are theatre students and teachers at this conference from high schools across the country. The week includes a wide range of performances, as well as an opportunity to attend a variety of workshops. The performances include full length plays and musicals, one-acts, and individual performances, and are all staged by high-school drama programs from across the country; high-schools just like ours. Students from our school who wish to can participate in the Individual Event program and the One-Act program by first performing at the State Festival.

The national festival also provides students with access to representatives from a number of prestigious colleges and universities for performing arts. In addition to simply being able to get information about these schools, attendees who are in the summer before their Senior year may also arrange to audition for the colleges who attend the festival. Students who are attending after their Senior year can participate in Scholarship Auditions.

The event is open to active Thespian members from RAHS. Freshmen who are active in the Drama Program, but who have not yet become Thespian members, can register on the assumption that they will join in May. You can get more information about festival at
http://www.schooltheatre.org.

Cost of Trip is approximately $875 (includes meals & lodging at festival and transportation)
1st payment of $100* and Registration Form are due Nov 17th 2018 – checks payable to RAHS
2nd payment of $100*  and Consent form are due Feb. 24th, 2018
* All deposits are 100% refundable up to March 19th
Fundraising – All proceeds from Willy Wonka performance go to students attending ITF to reduce the total cost per student. Other fundraising can be arranged – volunteers are needed to coordinate.

Sample Schedule

Trip Schedule
College and scholarship auditions are scheduled individually for Tuesday through Thursday.

Monday

  • Leave RAHS Parking Lot at 7:00 am.
  • Lunch in Des Moines (bring cash)
  • Arrive ITF at 4:30.  Check in, dinner, socializing and performances.
  • Midnight curfew.

Tuesday

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in dorms.
  • Attend NIES performances in morning and afternoon.
  • Attend Festival Opening Show in evening.
  • Social event after Opening Show.
  • 1:00 am curfew

Daily schedule for Wednesday through Saturday

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in dorms.
  • Morning: Mainstage performance w/group meeting afterwards.
  • Afternoon: Workshops and One Acts
  • Evening: Mainstage Performance
  • Social event after performance.
  • 1:00 am curfew

Sunday

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Bus leaves dorms at 8:00
  • Lunch in Des Moines (bring cash)
  • Bus arrives RAHS at 4:30
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