In December, several students from Valor theatre classes and the Conservatory program attended the Colorado State Thespian Conference (ThesCon). This yearly conference hosted by the International Thespian Society takes place at Colorado Convention Center, and 5,300 students from over 50 schools attended this year. At the conference, students participate in workshops with some of the nation’s leading professionals in acting, directing, play-writing, and technical theatre. They also have the opportunity to compete in individual events with a chance to perform on the main stage during closing ceremonies.
Of the 1,750 students who participated in individual events, 5 of the 24 finalists were Valor students: Abby Linderman, Noah Osborne, Piper Ruth, Colin Wightman, and Victoria Xikes. Three of those actors – Abby, Noah, Piper – received the event’s highest possible individual honor of being chosen to perform on the main stage in front of all conference attendees. This was a personal record for the Valor Troupe! In being selected for a main stage performance for the fourth consecutive year, Abby Linderman broke a Colorado State Thespian record.
As she wraps up an incredible four years at Valor, Abby plans to pursue her BFA in musical theatre and eventually a career in theatre. She said, “Valor has given me an amazingly professional environment to practice my craft. More importantly, Valor gave me kind, Christ-centered mentors and friends in the theatre program who have shaped me as a performer. They helped me realize why I do what I do, and how I can better do it all for the glory of God.”
Congratulations to the following students who received an overall superior rating and are eligible to compete at the national level this summer:
And kudos to all students who attended the conference:
Callie Jean Tysdal