More than 5000 High School Theatre Students are Coming to Columbus to Showcase their Talents and Learn from the Pros at the Georgia Thespian Conference in February
Jan 29, 2018
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20 January 2018
More than 5000 high school theatre students are coming to Columbus to showcase their talents and learn from the pros at the Georgia Thespian Conference in February.
Columbus, GA—For three days in February, downtown Columbus will host more than 5000 aspiring actors, singers, dancers, playwrights, designers, and stage technicians at the 2018 Georgia Thespian Conference. The massive event on February 8, 9 and 10 will include educational and competitive opportunities for the state’s top high school theatre arts students.
More than 80 theatre professionals and educators from across the country will join these students, leading workshops in all aspects of show business.
While at the conference, hundreds of students will audition for some of the country’s most renowned university and conservatory theatre programs. Stages at the River Center, The Springer Opera House, and Columbus State University will showcase dozens of selected school productions of classic and contemporary Broadway musicals and plays, as well as new, innovative shows. In addition to theatre spaces at the Springer, RiverCenter and CSU Theatre Department, rooms at the Columbus Trade Center, CSU, the Springer, and the downtown Marriott will host workshops and exhibits, providing unparalleled educational opportunities for aspiring performers, designers, and technicians.
This will be the Thespians’ tenth straight year of performing and working in the remarkable theatre spaces and facilities of downtown Columbus. The Georgia conference is the nation’s third largest Thespian conference, illustrating the extent of the state’s school-based performing arts programs.
The Thespian Conference will open on February 8th with the Opening Number, a themed revue of musical-theatre numbers, featuring dozens of selected performers from across Georgia. The conference concludes on Saturday, February 10th, with an evening showcase of performances from schools throughout the state that have earned special recognition during the conference for their superior talents. Many of these showcased students will move on to compete this summer at the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska.
About Georgia Thespians
Georgia Thespians is one of the largest state chapters of the International Thespian Society, the 89-year-old honor society for high school theatre. Students are invited to membership in the Thespian Society in recognition of exceptional and extensive commitment to the performing arts in their schools and communities.
Paul Hampton, State Director