On Friday, November 9th, 29 members of Postville's Thespian Troupe 417 will travel to UNI for the State Thespian Festival. Over the course of this two-day event, students will get to attend educational workshops, watch several performances and meet with college representatives.
Troupe 417 is also entering four acting pieces into competition: Hilary De La Rosa and Veronica Santoyo will be performing a scene from "30 Reasons Not to Be in a Play" in Duet Acting; Aleesa Lavrenko, Hailey Shipp, Wilson Perez and Khiaya Burns will be performing "Double Wedding" in Group Acting; Drew Wedo, Abram Miller, Daisy Shipp, Violet Shipp, Olivia Lansing, Kimberly Mucia, Emilie Meyer and Emily Navarro will be performing a scene from "Any Body for Tea?" in Group Acting; Brayan Silva, Kelsey Mucia, Emma Heins, Aleesa Lavrenko, Justin Hileman, Katherine Munoz, Sapphire Miller, Marcy Ixen, Andrew Hernandez and Jennifer Bernal will be performing a one-act version of "Almost, Maine" in Studio Theatre. Litci Marroquin, Estevan Sanchez, Logan Shipp, Madyson Jones, Fatima Henriquez and Autumn Sebastian will be on stage crew for the Studio Theatre.
Students presenting in Duet Acting and Group Acting will try to earn First Place honors so they can advance to the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska in June. The Studio Theatre group is trying to earn a high enough score from judges to be named "Chapter Select" and also advance to ITF.
New this year to festival, every troupe is able to select one member to perform in the "All-State Cabaret" on the mainstage in Gallagher Bluedorn. This year, Troupe 417 has selected Andrew Hernandez. He will be performing in three musical numbers from "Wicked", "Smash" and "Next to Normal".
Troupe 417 is very proud and excited to be representing Postville at this prestigious event.