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State Thespian Festival

State Festival 2017 will be held on the
University of Northern Iowa campus November 10 & 11!

The Iowa Thespian Festival is a weekend filled with performances, auditions, workshops, and nearly 1,000 theatre students from across the state of Iowa. The Iowa Thespian Festival is an annual event sponsored by the Iowa Educational Theatre Association. You do not have to be a Thespian to attend State Thespian Festival!

Why should I attend festival?

REASON # 1 TO ATTEND: WATCH GREAT PERFORMANCES FROM ACROSS THE STATE OF IOWA
At Festival, you will have the opportunity to watch mainstage productions, as well as a number of one act plays and smaller performances. This is a great way for you to experience the work that other high school theatre departments are doing across the state of Iowa. Mainstage at Festival have featured a number of the memorable shows including Pippin, Time Stands Still, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Studio Theatre performances will be produced by a number of high schools, and offer a wide variety of entertainment options. The Festival is a unique opportunity to enjoy and learn from performances that you won’t want to miss!

REASON #2 TO ATTEND: YOU COULD ALSO PERFORM AND COMPETE IN THEATRE EVENTS
At State Thespian Festival, students may compete in a theatrical audition known as “Individual Events” (even though they are not all individual – weird, huh?!)
Events include:

Monologue Solo Musical Theatre Stage Management Short Film
Duet Acting Duet Musical Theatre Design (Costume/Scenic/Sound) Costume Construction
Group Acting Group Musical Theatre Team Improv Marketing

Students competing in Individual Events will have an opportunity to perform for adjudicators and delegates at Festival. Select groups will have the chance to perform in the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center for all delegates at the Festival. In addition, you could qualify to perform at the 2014 international Thespian Festival! This is a great opportunity to gain experience and feedback from a critic! If you are interested in acting, singing, improvisation, or even film, there is a category you could be involved in!

REASON #3: AUDITION FOR THE CHANCE TO RECEIVE COLLEGE AND THESPIAN SCHOLARSHIPS!
Seniors interested in pursuing a career in theatre - performance, technical, or Theatre Education – have the opportunity to meet and talk with college representatives. In addition, you can audition for scholarship money, including three incredible scholarships from Iowa Thespians. No matter what, the audition process will help you prepare for a future career in theatre!

REASON #4 TO ATTEND: ATTEND WORKSHOPS LED BY ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE STATE
If you are interested in acting, there will be workshops for you! If you are interested in singing, there will be workshops for you! If you are interested in improv or dancing or stage combat or hair and makeup or lighting, there will be workshops for you! Most workshops will get you actively involved and learning lots of interesting things about any area of theatre that interests you!

REASON #5 TO ATTEND: HANG OUT WITH LOTS OF HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE STUDENTS
State Thespian Festival is a great way to bond with your fellow students – not just from your own school, but from across the state of Iowa. There is no other experience quite like spending a weekend meeting and creating new friendships with theatre-loving students just like you!