This year 44 Valor students got to go to ThesCon 2016. ThesCon is the only thespian convention in the state of Colorado where high school students from all over the state with an interest in any part of theatre can go to perform pieces in front of judges for competition and get feedback, or go to workshops to better their skills. Junior Brandon Ernst says, “The amount of workshops it allows is awesome.” These workshops range anywhere from dancing, singing, acting, script writing, teching, and so much more. Junior Neil Trotter said his favorite part about ThesCon was “a workshop called casting models…we just got to see how models are made and we got to cast our thumbs and make a model of our thumbs and put it on a stick, it was great.”
During this three day event many of the Valor students performed their “Individual Events.” In these events the actors would go up in front of a small room filled with around 30 people, and two to three judges, and give their all to show off their God-given talents. Out of 750 acts that competed over the weekend only ten acts got the chance to perform on mainstage and out of the ten, two of them came from Valor. Sophomore Abby Linderman sang “She Used to Be Mine” from the Broadway musical “Waitress” and Junior Carolyn Avenger, Sophomore Camden Deal, Sophomore Noah Osborne, and Junior Grace Osborne made up a quartet that sang “Make Up Your Mind/Catch Me I’m Falling” from the Broadway musical “Next to Normal.” I got the chance to talk to Abby about her experience and she said, “Mainstage was insane! It was crazy to see my name on the callback list, because it was such an unexpected thing. And it was seriously such a blessing just to get to go and share this story that I have been working so hard on for the last couple of months with everybody at ThesCon.” It was truly a great time for everyone there.
Written By: Tyler Lynch
The Project interviewed students after the Thespian Conference and here are their candid reflections on the experience:
Brandon: So ThesCon was amazing. It’s just so much fun to be around all other actors, and it’s just amazing the community that’s there; the love that’s shared between people that have just met through different workshops. The amount of workshops it allows is awesome, and if you don’t want to do workshops you can go see shows or one man acts, and you can go watch individual events. It’s just amazing the amount of stuff you can do there.
Isa: What I liked about ThesCon is how enthusiastic everyone is about theatre. There was a lot of talent there and I really, really enjoyed seeing talent from other schools and supporting our school by watching them. It was pretty cool to see some of our students be on main stage and to be able to be there for them to support them. I did enjoy the plays. That was pretty cool to see the other high school plays perform up on the stage. That was nice. Overall everyone was nice there. Us being together as thespians and expressing what we love with theatre: it’s great to be there with people who love the same thing as you and who want to pursue the same thing as you. You can really connect, it’s almost like one giant family there.
Abby: Thescon this year was so, so awesome. It was so cool to have such a huge troupe, because I don’t know if Valor has ever brought a troupe that size before. So it was really cool to have me and all my closest friends just go there and do what we love together, and also just get some feedback on the pieces we’ve been working so hard on. Mainstage was insane! It was crazy to see my name on the callback list, because it was such an unexpected thing. And it was seriously such a blessing just to get to go and share this story that I have been working so hard on for the last couple of months with everybody at ThesCon. It was seriously so cool just to get to do that, because I am so in love with the song, and I love what it speaks to and what it says. It was really cool that a lot of people got to see that and it was really such a blessing to be able to be on mainstage.
Neil: Well you know there were a lot of people and it was very fun to see how many different people would come from different schools. And actually a lot of people had dyed hair. It was cool to see a new theatre community. I like the workshop called casting models…we just got to see how models are made, and we got to cast our thumbs to make a model of our thumbs and put it on a stick, it was great.