19 Qualify for International Thespian Nationals

The second weekend in December, 23 Valor students competed in 26 Individual Events for the opportunity to qualify for the International Thespian Festival. Performing monologues, duet acting, solo musical, and duet musical scenes, 19 of our Valor actors qualified to compete this summer in sunny Nebraska at the festival.

The International Thespian Festival is a weeklong immersion in the theatre arts specifically for high-achieving middle and high school drama students and their teachers. Setting the standard for participatory educational theatre experiences, ITF broadens horizons, enriches learning, and celebrates the creativity of theatre students and educators.

Additionally, out of approximately 1,600 acts that competed, our musical theatre duet team of Gable Kinsman and Abby Linderman made it onto the main stage to perform before thousands for the closing ceremonies as part of the Critics Choice top eight. This is Abby’s fourth time to earn that prime spot – all three years at our state convention, plus an additional main stage performance at the national level last summer! Click here to view their performance.

Kurt Muenstermann, Valor Director of Theatre Arts said, “We are grateful that our students get an opportunity every year to be a light in the darker, solidly-secular world of theatre, by honoring God with their gifts as they perform and interact with the other high school Thespians. While at the conference, students experienced a slew of great workshops and productions along with 5,400 students from Colorado and surrounding states–all there to learn, compete and connect. We are proud of all of our students and their excellent work at the Thespian Convention this year as they reclaim the Arts for Christ!”