Austin High School performers made a name for themselves as they snagged several spots at the Texas Thespian State Festival and will go on to compete at nationals this summer. The Texas Thespian Festival 2011 the event was held December 1- 3 at George R. Brown Convention Center.
These students qualified for Nationals from this event: Ben Rauls -Duet Acting, Courtney Russell-Duet Acting, Kara Crawford -Duet Musical, David Herrera -Duet Musical, and Erin Lavespere -Costume Design. One AHS student received the highest honor of being cast in the All-State Show, Coram Boy, directed by Luis Munos: Bradley Smith.
In pursuit of a career beyond high school, Rachel Kossar and Nora Hunt auditioned and received call backs and scholarship offers from more than 20 colleges, which is well above average.
Mrs. Jennifer J. Minor, theater teacher at AHS said. “The Thespians at Austin High School flexed their talent at the state festival. We are so proud of each and every one of them and we’d like you to know who to congratulate for rising above and continuing the tradition of excellence in our department.”
“These kinds of opportunities, such as the Thespian State Festival provide opportunities for life-long learning,” Brad Cummons, also a theater teacher at Austin High School, said. “Even if they’re not majoring in theater, students are able to benefit from the preparation techniques and the rigor of the performance.”
The national competition will take place in June in Lincoln, Nebraska. The students will have their talents evaluated once again, but on a larger scale as they go head to head with others across the country and abroad. But you do not need to wait till then to see these amazing thespians; Austin Fine Arts Department presents the longest running show Off-Broadway – The Fantasticks! – January 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 7 pm. For advance tickets, call 281 634-2071.