The Gaylord Texan had more than Ice to brag about during the Thanksgiving break. The Texas Chapter of the Educational Theatre Association (TETA), the largest chapter in the nation, held their annual Texas Thespians state convention/competition there from November 15-17 for both high school students and a Jr. Thespian Festival for middle school students. Prosper’s Rogers, Reynolds, and PHS troupes were in attendance to learn and compete.

This convention boasted more than 8300 students and directors in attendance. Attendees got to experience more than 150 workshops taught by theatre professionals, performances from schools across the state and competitions where more than 3000 students competed. Some of those competitions are national qualifying events.

High School Theater National Qualifiers To qualify for nationals, students must receive a superior rank from the 3 judges. Students who received a perfect score in their event also received recognition as a State Main Stage Participant. Superior rankings are difficult to obtain because there is very little room for error. Every moment of their performance must be rated with the rubric and culminate with a superior score. Very few students receive this ranking.

This year PHS qualified nine students to nationals, Jennifer Siera, Abigail Marlin, Eileah Hale, Jordan Harris, Tori England, Sarah Hazlett, Olivia Lewis, Caitlyn Marquez and Allison Washburn, and one of those, Abigail Marlin received State Main Stage recognition. In addition to these accolades, PHS Senior Allison Washburn was selected to perform in the All-State Production performing with a Broadway star in front of all 8300 attendees. Only 18 students from across the state were chosen for this honor. Two PHS students auditioned for colleges and received more than 25 callbacks to continue their journey towards college performance and scholarships.

In the Middle School competition, Rogers Theatre had three national Qualifiers. Emma Alexander is a national qualifier for Solo Musical. Rees Kline is a national qualifier for Monologue. Carrigan Ring is a national qualifier for costume construction. This great honor was only awarded to 29 students in all of the different categories out of over 1,000 middle school competitors.

These students will compete at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska in June where they will compete against students from all over the country as well as a few from other countries. At this festival, there are more than 200 workshops with professionals from all over the world teaching as well as productions from across the United States performing. For the Seniors, Nationals will culminate with college auditions and scholarship opportunities.