By: STO Karis Klammer, Montgomery High School, Troupe 5986
After a super busy summer it is finally down to pull out the cute sweaters, bring out the spooky decorations, and order all of your favorite pumpkin spiced flavored items. I mean, who doesn’t love fall? October is one of my favorite months of the year because of a very special holiday that takes place. You might assume that I am talking about Halloween, but here at Texas Thespians, we are talking about J-Fest!
J-Fest stands for Junior Festival, and is a mini festival that takes place for junior high school. You may be thinking “Karis, it says junior in the title! How good can it be?” well I am glad that you asked and I will answer with a story! Back in June when the STOs were at camp, our lovely Junior Festival Direction, Miss Gette, told us these words when we were planning J-Fest. “If big festival is a cake, J-Fest is a cupcake” as you can imagine, we were all very confused. How could an analogy about delicious desserts possibly be an outline for an entire festival? After thinking about it for a while it started to make sense! Our goal is to make J-Fest just as fun an experience as Big Festival, and to give junior high students a headstart for starting high school theatre.
Here are some of the workshops that the STOs will be teaching at J-Fest!
Starting with this one, because I will be teaching it! Here we will learn about the importance of warm ups and character voices! We will also be heavily discussing what to expect and how to prepare for auditions.
In the Tech workshop, students will learn about all the different elements of technical theatre. From stage managing to props to lighting and scenic design! You will learn it all!
There will also be many opportunities for everyone to ask question!
J-Fest will be such an incredible learning experience for our young thespians and we are so excited to be seeing everybody on October 23!
Your 2021 Texas State Thespian Officers