International Thespian Society

State was awesome!ITS State Festival Report

On the weekend of January 25 and 26th the Caddo Magnet Players traveled to NSU to join 700 other high school theatre kids from 20 different schools for the International Thespian Society Louisiana State Festival.  The festival offers something for every student.  There are over 30 workshops, Individual Events Competition, College Scholarship Competition and national keynote speakers.  Senior Carter Calahan was an STO for the festival, one of only 6 in the state, on the Student State Board who helped run the festival.

We started the festival off with a win.  Kay Ellen Henderson and Zoe Walker won the Tech Challenge Event.  This is a technical “obstacle course”.  Two students from each school go through the paces and the team that completes all the stops correctly in the fastest time, win

Mary Fletcher won the Musical Trivia Contest.

We had students competing in 5 different Individual events.  Three of our events received superior evaluations.

  • In Solo Musical Theresa Johnson
  • in Duet Musical Brinn McDonald and Brody Tolliver
  • in Group Musical – Meredith Fisher, Lachlie Bonial, Sophia Gappo, Selena Simmons and Ray Carroway.

Our showcase production,  Orphan Train received a superior. Students in the show were:  Seniors: Lucy Engman, Mary Fletcher, Kay Ellen Henderson, Jordan Mahotiere, , Ean Marsh, Eli Rustvold  and Cason Smith and Juniors: KeAndra Davenport, Sophia Gappo, Rob King, LeAnn McCray and Jacob Smith. With Carter Calahan on sound.

On Saturday we found that Theresa Johnson and Brinn McDonald and Brody Tolliver would be competing at Nationals and they would be performing for the closing ceremonies.

Sophomore, Jackson Holoubek, will be next year’s State Board Member.

College Callbacks were:

Loyola                                   Tech                                      LSU                                        NSU

Carter Calahan                  Brinn McDonald                Brinn McDonald                Carter Calahan

Sarah Lord                           Cason Smith                       Cason Smith                       Ken Goff

Brinn McDonald                                                                                                                Sarah Lord

Cason Smith                                                                                                                       Brinn McDonald

Cason Smith

Louisiana College            KD Conservatory in Dallas           BPCC                                   New York Flm Academy   

Carter Calahan                  Carter Calahan                                  Carter Calahan                  Carter Calahan

Sarah Lord                                                                                           Sarah Lord                           Sarah Lord

Brinn McDonald                                                                                Brinn McDonald                Cason Smith

Cason Smith                                                                                       Cason Smith

ITS Induction form Request for Membership ITS pdf


EdTA operates the International Thespian Society (ITS), an honorary organization that has inducted more than two million theatre students since its founding in 1929. EdTA also publishes Dramatics, a monthly magazine for high school theatre students, and Teaching Theatre, a quarterly journal for theatre education professionals.

Meet the Council Officers for 2019-20!

President – Theresa Johnson

Vice President – Zoe Walker

Secretary – Raylie Carroway

Scribe – Sara-Alexis Jarecki

Historian – Sophia Gappo

WebMaster – Jackson Holoubek

State Rep. – Jackson Holoubek

Most Promising Freshman – Jordan Hall

Senior Council Members

Emmagayle Dahlman, Logan Jarecki, Lucas Mainiero

Junior Council Members

Brendan Anderson, Lachle Boniol, Chloe Rayne Garcia, Lexi Rhodes

Sophomore Council Member

Jade Sabbath

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