With superior performances in Arizona, theater students from Mountain Pointe High School have qualified for nationals. It’s the first time they will attend the International Thespian Festival
, a celebration of student achievement in the performing arts.
Organized by the Educational Theatre Association and hosted by the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Festival is a weeklong immersion experience in singing, dancing, acting, designing, directing, creating, writing, and memory-making. Students participate in workshops presented by theatre professionals, individual and group performances, programs for technical theatre students, and opportunities to audition for college admission and scholarships.
Led by Mountain Pointe Performing Arts Teacher Kim Bonagofski, the Pride competed against 26 central Arizona schools and 540 students at the Central Arizona Acting Festival (CAFT) and AIA State One Act Festival. The intense acting festivals feature events that stress basic performing skills in acting and musical numbers.
Mountain Pointe Results:
Michael Rodriquez and Katelyn Moyers - Duet musical - Superior Rating
Jamon Pritchett – Monologues – Excellent Rating
Ruben Ayala - Solo Musical – Superior Rating
Katie Corbin and Chance Stokes - Duet musical - Superior Rating
Xavion Grantham, Cedric Beck and Jaden Miller - Group Scene – Excellent Rating
Michael Williams – Monologues – Superior Rating
Ali Stookey – Monologues – Superior Rating*
*Ali's monologue scored a perfect score from all three judges!
The students are working on fundraising plans for the trip to Nebraska.