The Rocket Thespian Troupe #4737 had an award-winning weekend at the 2012 State Thespian Conference at Centerville High School where over 1,600 high school actors, actresses, stage managers, make-up artists, costume designers, singers, and dancers gathered for a weekend of showcasing talent and learning new things about the performing arts.
The Rockets came home with two Critic’s Choice Awards for their individual performances, sophomore Scott Frenzel was named first in state for Solo Miming and seniors Gabi Camacho and Kim Kollsmith were first in state for Duet Acting. Also receiving a Superior rating were senior David Wiesenhahn and junior Matt Gabbard in Duet Musical Theatre. Senior Andrea Bridges earned a Double Excellent rating in Solo Musical.
When the troupe arrived in Centerville on Friday, March 31, they began reconstructing the Harvey set from their fall play in November. After performing a 60-minute cutting of a select number of scenes from the play, students then had the opportunity to see plays performed by different schools.
On Saturday, the McNicholas Thespians attended workshops and classes, met new people, and saw performances by other high school thespians which included Steel Magnolias, The Laramie Project, and The Diary of Anne Frank. “I really enjoyed The Laramie Project. It was cool because the actors and actresses that starred in it were from all around the state of Ohio. It was a moving performance and had many in tears near the end. It stood out because it wasn’t a stereotypical play; they took a different angle at it,” junior Rachele DeLuca said.
The classes covered skills like improvisation, how to audition, and how to control facial expressions on stage. “I was really excited when I first read the pamphlet about all the workshops that were offered,” sophomore Jenna Zicka said. “When I got to actually attend those classes I learned so much. It was an awesome experience.”