By: STO Gentry Phillips, Springtown High School, Troupe 1494
This year's festival was definitely one for the books! I think I speak on behalf of all the STO’s when I say we had the time of our lives. We hope all of the wonderful thespians who attended feel the same way. Although it has not been very long since it happened, over Thanksgiving Break I found myself to be really nostalgic for festival already. Why don’t we take a trip down memory lane together and remember some of the absolutely awesome things that happened at Thes Fest!
First and foremost, let's get the cat out of the bag, it was so nice to see everyone in person again and connect with thespians from all across the state! I terribly missed in person workshops and shows, and it was so nice to meet new people and form new friendships!
Texas Thespians really pack a punch when it comes to talent! The amount of incredible mainstage shows, marathon shows, performance IE’s, and amazing tech competitions were astonishing. It was so rejuvenating to watch everyone do what they love, do it well, and share that with thousands of other people. Congratulations to everyone who won an award, from mainstage to short film! Keep on being spectacular!
Of course I have to mention our lovely keynote speakers, the incredible Barry Busby, the astonishing Leslie Flesner, and the jaw dropping talented Tyler Mount! It was such an honor and pleasure to have these artists speak and teach at our festival. Thank you for taking the time to come and celebrate theater with us!
This festival was just all around fun and such a breath of fresh air. Being around such amazing people and talent really just makes you take a step back and appreciate the wonderful art of the stage. I think we soared above and beyond this year and I’m overjoyed that I could do it with all of you!
See you in the sky,
Your 2021 Texas State Thespian Officers