Submitted by the San Juan Community Theatre
On Saturday Jan. 27, eight members of Friday Harbor High School’s International Thespian Society competed at the Northwest Individual Event Conference of the Washington State Thespians in Mountlake Terrace High School. Each participant performed or presented material for a panel of adjudicators. Chiara Power and Mel Taylor, both sophomores, scored in the top 10 percent of students at the conference and are being invited to continue on to the State Conference in Bellingham in March and to the National Conference in Lincoln Nebraska in June. Chiara performed “Journey to the Past” from the musical “Anastasia” and Mel presented her Stage Manager’s book from “Noises Off!”
Zoe Steele, also a sophomore representing Friday Harbor High School who lives in Illinois but who performed with our students over the summer and in last year’s Wizard of Oz was also invited to the National Conference. She performed Rain from last summer’s “Once on the Island Jr.”
The thespians have also applied for the NBC R.I.S.E. grant, a $10,000 prize, being awarded to 50 high schools across the country who have underdog theatre departments. The thespians took to kayaks and rowboats in the rain last Sunday to dramatize the difficulty in funding trips off-island to see live theatre or participate in theatre conferences. The thespians paid for the registrations and travel to Mountlake Terrace this year with sales of chocolate roses during the intermissions of “Noises Off!”, their wildly successful high school show that performed the week before the conference.