Two attending ThesFest


Two Madisonville High School students represented the school’s drama department at the International Thespian Society National Festival in Lincoln, Neb., last month.

Savannah Boyd performed a solo musical, representing MHS Troupe No. 1434, and Dornell Crist represented Texas Thespians as a state officer.

“They are representing our school and our drama department with class and professionalism,” states the Madisonville CISD website. “MCISD proudly congratulates these students on their success.”

The International Thespian Festival – also known as “ThesFest” – is described on its website as a “one-of-a-kind, weeklong immersion experience in singing, dancing, acting, designing, directing, creating, writing, and memory-making.”

The festival offers an opportunity for students to attend theatrical workshops presented by theater professionals, and for educators to see the type of programs being implemented at other schools across the country.

According to the Festival website, the first event of its kind was held at Indiana University in 1941. It was suspended during World War II but resumed in the late 1940s. It has been held at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln since 1995.