Record-Breaking Performance for Valor Troupe at ThesCon

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:

Ryan Lavey
Tess Steiner
Joshua Cellar
Téa Fantauzzo
Joseph Sadler
Colin Wightman
Lauren Veldhuizen
Kathryn Crandall
Victoria Xikes
Piper Ruth
Sydney Kamel
Camden Deal
Lauren Honderd
Kyler Hershman
Lauren Wagner
Dani Ferraro
Julia Honnen

And kudos to all students who attended the conference:

Emma Behrens
Lexi Blank
Kiree Carlson
Joshua Cellar
Olivia Contillo
Kathryn Crandall
Anna Daws
Camden Deal
Eliza Disbrow
Dooho Do
Lauren Downing
Connor English
Channary Falicia
Téa Fantauzzo
Zola Feasel
Dani Ferraro
Emily Gerd
Sam Gross
Kyler Hershman
Kaden Henningsen
Alijah Hill
Lauren Honderd
Julia Honnen
Sydney Kamel
Ryan Lavey
Abby Linderman
Emily Mastalerz
Victoria McBroom
Ava Nicastro
Rhys Ogg
Noah Osborne
Ashlyn Peters
Ethan Ritz
Haley Rolf
Piper Ruth
Elle Reynolds
Joseph Sadler
Emery Scott
Tess Steiner
Callie Jean Tysdal
Lauren Veldhuizen
Lauren Wagner
Savannah Wanebo
Maddie White
Colin Wightman
Kasia Wojtalewicz
Victoria Xikes
Will Harbottle