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Amy Herff, Crown Writer

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Countless musicals and performances have crossed the stage of Marian Central including Beauty and the Beast, The Pajama Game, and The Miracle Worker. With performing comes practice. The young actors and actresses, accompanied by Mrs. Connell, Miss Gallagher, and Mr. S. Lalor, made the trip to Illinois State University to attend the three day Illinois High School Theatre Festival. As this was the first this field trip was offered, the festival was good practice for our students to become better performers, allowing them to attend multiple workshops and shows and expand their theatre knowledge.

This festival is fairly new to the Marian Central theatre program; it offers a multitude of workshops. Students must sign up for workshops and shows. Their day starts at 9 AM and ends around 10 PM, with occasional breaks for food. The workshops offered include the following: Voice Over, Directing 101, Tech Olympics, Shakespeare Whispers, and many others. Students must sign up for workshops and shows. Caleb Kwasigroch (11) attended The Shakespeare Whispers workshop and very much enjoyed it. He states, “I went to these workshops because I have a passion for voice acting, and as for the Shakespeare one, I’ve always been fascinated with how Shakespeare wrote his plays and the reasoning for his word choice.” The workshops taught the students new techniques in acting and gave tips about theatre. Likewise, there were workshops for teachers to help them intensify their knowledge as well as improving their teaching for future students.

In addition to the workshops, the festival offered numerous shows that the students could attend that were put on by other schools. These shows include “Leaving Iowa”, “Noises Off”, “The Crucible”, “Big Fish”, and several others. “I saw multiple shows including the state production of Big Fish. That was the show every student who went to Theatre Fest saw. It was honestly mind-blowing. I don’t think anyone left the theatre with dry eyes,” stated Amanda Hoople (11). Hoople and many other students had greatly appreciated the opportunity to attend this show along with other shows that provided great entertainment and excitement.

The theatre students enjoyed their time at Illinois State University. “I learned so much from the trip and it makes me want to continue my love and passion for theatre even more. I would highly recommend it to future students, by all means!” exclaimed Kwasigroch. The students brought back their new found understanding and enthusiasm to our school. From the crew to the performers, the festival covers everything a theatre student could imagine. The techniques these students learned will soon be used to take on many more productions under the lights of their theatre back home here at Marian Central.

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