By Sami Dugdale, editor-in-chief
The weekend of Dec. 1-3, the theatre department attended the 2016 Texas Thespians Festival, a three-day festival in Dallas at the Omni Convention Center. This festival, held every year, welcomes theatre troupes from all over the state of Texas (and even some out of state schools).
At this convention, students are offered a variety of opportunities, the first being workshops. These workshops include lessons on acting, technical work, and pretty much any aspect of theatre you can think of. Just a few examples of said classes include The Business of Broadway, Acting Shakespeare, and Puppetry 101.
Students are also given the opportunity to see a variety of shows during their festival experience. This year’s main stage productions included Cabaret and Heathers 101. Other great shows students were able to enjoy included Hamlet, 21 Chump Street, Terra Nova, and Twelfth Night. L.D. Bell theatre students even put on their own show entitled 9 Worst Breakups of All Time, a hilarious show performed in front of over 400 students.
One last opportunity students are given is the chance to compete in certain fields and audition in front of college representatives from all over the country and receive possible scholarship offers. Three students from L.D. Bell auditioned in front of these representatives and received together callbacks from over 30 different schools across the country.
Texas Thespians is an amazing event that students look forward to attending every year and I recommend that everyone with any kind of interest in performing arts attend.