2012-12-13 / News

Theater seniors qualify for national festival


NATIONAL QUALIFIERS -- LHS Theatre National Qualifiers Christian Cheatham, Fate Richey, Alec deJong, Jacob Grona NATIONAL QUALIFIERS -- LHS Theatre National Qualifiers Christian Cheatham, Fate Richey, Alec deJong, Jacob Grona The acting talents of several Lindale High School seniors have earned them a trip beyond state borders.

Four LHS theatre students qualified for the International Thespian Society’s Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb. on June 24-29. Qualifying for the national competition were Jacob Grona, Fate Richey, Alec deJong and Christian Cheatham.

In all, eight Lindale High School students competed at the Texas Thespian Convention in Houston on Nov. 29- Dec. 1 for the chance to advance to nationals. This was the very first time LHS theatre students competed at the state convention. More than 3,600 Texas theatre students attended the competition.

Grona, Richey, deJong and Cheatham earned two superior ratings from judges to qualify for the national competition.

“I am really proud of our students,” Lindale High School theatre teacher Amanda Murray said. “This was a great opportunity for them to get exposure to other competitions. This was far more than their typical One Act Play competition which traditionally is our only competition each year. We wanted to expand the horizons of our program and allow our kids more exposure. This is an excellent start. We want to take more kids to the state competition and hopefully nationals in the future.”

Cheatham and deJong also received over 14 callbacks, or interviews, for colleges around the country from their senior auditions.

Also earning recognition at the competition were Alice Johnsen and Ashley Ward. Their duet acting scene earned one superior and one excellent rating. Lacy Bond and Jessie Elliot earned two excellent ratings for their duet musical scene.

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