By: STO Gabriel Brock, Goose Creek Memorial High School, Troupe 8132
As the summer kicks into full swing and schools around the state close for the season, thespians are left with the task of filling their summer days with festivities. While there is a diverse variety of summer activities, a lot of thespians itch for an opportunity to do theatre even when the doors to their home performance space are locked and closed. Even some of our own State Thespian Officers can’t contain their urge to perform. We asked a few of our STOs what their summer plans were and how they planned to stay engaged in the arts.
“I’m performing In CCT’s production of Hello Dolly! This is the group I usually audition for in the summer and it’s a lot of fun! The best part of it hands down is the rehearsal progress. With these types of shows you start out knowing a few people and by the end, everyone is a family that gets to put on a beautiful show together!”
“This summer I am participating in Nexus, which is a virtual Musical Theatre camp at Texas State. Last summer, I was a part of Boston Conservatory’s Musical Theatre Dance Intensive that was relatively similar. The best part of the experience is getting to learn from all of the different faculty and being able to see what the college is like and how it is run!”
Obviously our STOs love theatre, but don’t think you have to go to a camp or attend a conservatory to stay engaged in theatre or connected with your fellow thespians. Get together with your troupe mates and try to go watch your community’s local arts, like theatre in the park or a community concert. Audition for summer stock shows and support your friends who are. Whatever you do, don’t forget why you do what you do. Distance only makes the heart grow fonder, so don’t lose your spark, and when school starts back up in the fall (or when your show opens in the upcoming weeks if you’re doing summer stock) break legs!
Have a fun summer!
Your 2021 Texas State Thespian Officers