Friday, March 22, 2013

Florida State Thespians converge on Tampa

Mobs of teenagers have taken over downtown Tampa, including the Straz Center and Patel Conservatory - which can only mean one thing - the Florida State Thespians are here!

The Florida State Thespian Festival is a weekend full of theater performances, competitions and workshops. Approximately 7600 theater students from around the state have converged for their chance to shine.

Performances often spontaneously erupt around campus
from thespian troupes attending the Florida State Thespian Festival
Workshops and performances have been taking place throughout the Patel Conservatory campus, and our own theater instructors, Adam Wagner and Christen Petitt-Hailey, are among the workshop leaders.

Wagner is leading the Song Interpretation Master Class, in which participants work on an audition song of their choice. And Petitt Hailey led the Body, Mind and Spirit Warm-up for the Actor workshops, in which students learned how to mentally and physically prepare for a performance.

Theater students from the festival participate in a workshop in TECO Theater.

As part of the Florida State Thespian Festival, the Straz Center will be awarding one male actor and one female actress with the Broadway Star of the Future Award in recognition of their outstanding performance in a musical theater production.

The selection process began last fall at district competitions. Schools with one-act mainstage productions were adjudicated, and the top students were chosen as nominees for the award.

This year’s nominees are:

Chandler Morehead
American Heritage School
Bat Boy

Amanda Springer
Palm Harbor University High School
Into the Woods

Ruby Quindongo
Gateway High School
In the Heights

Jonah Stabinski
American Heritage School
Bat Boy

Tim Hart
Palm Harbor University High School
Into the Woods

Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony of the Florida State Thespian Festival this Sat., March 23, 2013.

The winners will have the opportunity to represent the state of Florida and the Straz Center at the National High School Musical Theater Awards this summer in New York City.

Stay tuned to find out the winners!

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