GEHS Improv Team of Mason Brooks, Christian Herndon, Madison Copsey, Kale Scott, Jazz Davis and Angel Santander together brought home the state championship trophy from the Kansas State Thespian Conference. Photo courtesy of USD 231

GEHS Improv Team of Mason Brooks, Christian Herndon, Madison Copsey, Kale Scott, Jazz Davis and Angel Santander together brought home the state championship trophy from the Kansas State Thespian Conference. Photo courtesy of USD 231

The Gardner Edgerton High School Thespians attended the Kansas State Thespian Conference in Wichita this past weekend participating in a variety of workshops and competing in several events.
More than 600 students performed in the individual event category with only 35 Superior ratings handed out across all categories. Of those 35 Superior ratings, two were awarded to GEHS juniors Faith Garrie and Mason Brooks. Both students received Superior ratings for their individual monologue and are now qualified to compete at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb. this summer.
In addition to the Superior ratings honor, the GEHS Improve Team “A Matter of Fiction” brought home the State Championship trophy in their team improv competition.
“Our kids worked very hard this past year to prepare for this conference and their hard work paid off,” said Jeff Lady, GEHS theater director. “Not only did our students come back victorious but each and every one of them represented USD 231 with absolute class.”
Each year, approximately 1450 high school theatre students attend this three-day conference. Students can choose from nearly 200 workshop sessions taught by college theatre professors, high school drama teachers, and guest artists from around the country. Thespians who are seniors can audition for the colleges that attend the conference. Two seniors from each school have the opportunity to compete for $10,000 in Thespian Scholarships. The Kansas Thespian Conference was held at Hyatt Regency Wichita and Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.