Drama students end a busy year with a festival appearance

In mid-June, fif­teen Neshaminy HS dra­ma stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ed in the International Theater Festival. Once again it was held vir­tu­al­ly, but will return next year as a live event to be held in Indiana.
In order to qual­i­fy for an indi­vid­ual event at Internationals, called the Thespys, stu­dents must score a Superior rat­ing at States. Eight out of 12 of Neshaminy stu­dents qual­i­fied by earn­ing this rat­ing, and last week 7 out of those 8 stu­dents scored a Superior Rating at Internationals as well.
Grace McKenna is a Thespy Winner in the cat­e­go­ry of “Solo Musical Theater Performance.” A Thespy Winner is a sub­mis­sion that not only achieved a Superior rat­ing, but also earned the high­est score in a select­ed Thespy cat­e­go­ry. Thespy Winners receive a spe­cial medal­lion and a tro­phy for their school. This year 640 stu­dents entered, and only 28 (includ­ing Grace) earned the Thespy Winner designation.
Olivia Garland audi­tioned and was cast in an orig­i­nal play writ­ten by a Superior win­ner from California in that cat­e­go­ry. The show, “Reverie,” was filmed as a Dramatic Reading and shown at Internationals.
Finally, the fall show “12 Incompetent Jurors” was cho­sen to rep­re­sent the state of Pennsylvania and was also shown at the fes­ti­val. Congratulations to all our our tal­ent­ed per­form­ers and dra­ma teacher Gina Chiolan for this amaz­ing display!