Students from the Dripping Springs High School theatre program attended the recent Texas Thespian State Festival in Grapevine, where they had the opportunity to participate in educational workshops and competition, and seniors auditioned and interviewed for scholarships.
Six underclassmen qualified to advance to the International level of competition based on earning scores in the perfect range for their performances. Four qualified in the category Monologue Acting: Calvin Green, Owen Racis, Eben Sebastian, and Sierra Trbovich. Sebastian, a freshman, also advanced to the semifinals out of a 2,000-student competition pool and ranked 10th in the state. Taylor Barnett and Kate Nolen qualified in the Solo Musical event.
The summer competition, sponsored by the International Thespians Society, will be held in Nebraska.
For the seniors, the event was an opportunity to audition and interview for potential college scholarships. Eight DSHS seniors plan to continue their theatre education at the university level.
“We had an excellent university callback and acceptance rate, with our students garnering over $200,000 in scholarship offers so far,” said DSHS Theatre Director Christine Hathcock. “University outreach is a high priority for me, as we focus on finding the right fit for all of our seniors … and they definitely get excited about the scholarship money.”
The event welcomed 8,000 high school students from all across the state; 30 universities also were represented.