By: STO Gentry Phillips, Springtown High School, Troupe 1494
As the new school year draws ever so near, the concoction of nerves and excitement is producing a strong brew. What will I wear the first day? When will our first auditions be? Will people like my new haircut? Did I personalize my school supplies too much? Don’t stress, this blog has got your back! Here is some advice for each grade, school and theatre related, that will hopefully mellow out all those emotions you’re experiencing.
Freshman: First and foremost, BE YOUR AUTHENTIC SELVES!!! High school can already be a stressful place, so there is no need to exhaust your energy pretending to be someone you’re not. By being true to yourself and your personality, you will find where you fit in much quicker and make friends faster as well. Confidence is key! Keep in mind everyone is made unique and our differences are what makes us special and great. In regards to theatre, familiarize yourself with your director(s) and peers. Experiment with different jobs in the department and figure out what you like to do best!
Sophomores: Now that you have the general idea about what high school is and what it has to offer, try something new! This could be theatre related, or pertain to some other activity. Find a new hobby, join a new club, or push boundaries into new territory. Maybe switch it up and give improv a shot, or try your hand in the lighting booth. There is so much to explore, so why not try as much as possible?!
Juniors: Hate to break it to you, but this year is the heaviest when it comes to academic work. College entrance exams are super important to your future, so study, study, study! When you have free time make sure you are preparing for college auditions or focusing on your best skills. Make yourself impressive so you get into your dream school, or get that perfect job after graduation. We believe in you!
Seniors: This year will be truly bittersweet. Take this year to focus on what’s important, reminisce on what you have accomplished, and have fun! Take that last bow with pride and know that you have done well. However, don’t neglect your responsibilities, high school isn’t over just yet.
We can’t wait to see what you accomplish,
Your 2021 Texas State Thespian Officers