"The kids stepped up, took ownership and decided they wanted to make this the best they could make it," Smith said. "They really worked together well and helped each other."
CHS students performed in solo, duet and group musicals at the festival in
The week was packed with classes on theater topics such play writing, acting and voice work -- even yoga, Smith said.
Each night, there was a dance for students to mingle and jive together, she said.
Performances throughout the week allowed teachers and students to generate ideas inspired by what other schools are doing, Smith said. There were shows every day, she said, ranging from short plays to play marathons and main stage productions.
"Some of these productions rival professional productions," Smith said. "It's so fantastic for the kids to be exposed to that and see different genres and styles in theater."
Smith led auditions for the group musical but let the dozen students hash out rehearsal times and their individual blocking, or stage movements. This allowed the thespians to delve into their characters, she said.
"Facade" takes place on a busy 19th century London street scene crawling with the rich and poor. Students developed their roles into aristocratic-types who looked down on street dwellers and alleyway lowlifes, Smith said.
Students essentially have to tell a story as they are performing a group musical, Smith said. Building an elaborate character makes the difference, she said.
At the State Thespian Festival in
In the solo musical division,
The "Jekyll & Hyde" group consisted of
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