NC Thespian Festival

The Annual North Carolina Thespian Competition took place this past weekend. From March 11-13th, in Greensboro at UNCG. Many students here at Apex had the opportunity to attend the festival and participate in workshops, take part in Tech Challenge, meet with colleges, perform and watch One Acts from schools from across the state, apply for scholarships, interview to become a state thespian officer and so many more fun things. This festival supports Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, an organization that provides groceries and medication, health care, and hope to those with AIDS. To support this cause they sell rubber ducks at the festival (matching the theme of the festival) for one dollar, and all money goes to the cause. Many students from Apex High visited the festival including Maddy Bigham, Joey Klieman, Preston Smith, Hunter Dennan, Ava Cobb, Amianah Al-Mesad, and Ariana Figueroa. They left on Friday and stayed through the weekend. They attended workshops, Troupe Lunches, shows and so much more. Two of the students who attended are Ava Cobb. and Hunter Dennan. They said their favorite part was watching their fellow students, Maddy Bigham, and Amianah Al-Mesad, compete. They had so much fun participating in the festival.
Preston Smith, one of the talented thespians here at Apex had the chance to go and perform. “It was a lot of fun, great workshops, good feeling to be in a place where everyone loves it.” Preston participated in the workshops and competed in solo music theater. He used a song he has been working on and had used for college applications. He said it was a “good send-off” and a “ Good moment to bond with people [he] loves” Joey Klieman also competed in the solo music category. Joey said it was exciting and a great experience. He got to meet a lot of cool people and do a lot of fun activities. His favorite part was the Contact Improvement Workshop. He got to learn a lot of new things that he never thought he would need/want to learn. He used his talents to participate and perform at the festival.
Maddy Bigham also had the opportunity to perform. She performed two contrasting monologues. Maddy thought it was good to meet new people who love the same things and it was awesome they got to connect over those things.
Overall the was very suspenseful and Apex High Thespians had a fantastic time and can’t wait for next year!

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