Students Take Honors at New Jersey Thespian Festival

Five Upper School performers competed at the NJ Thespian Festival.

Juniors Alana Malanga and Mirella Fefer, and Seniors Brandon Gorodokin, Jacob Krawitz, and KJ Herwig put their skills to the test competing in everything from musical theatre solos to acting duets at the New Jersey Thespian Festival on January 14th, held at the Robbinsville High School in Trenton.

Brandon received Excellent Rankings for both his Musical Theatre Solo for "If I Can't Love Her" and his scene "Seeing the Thing" from Almost Maine. Mirella Fefer and Jacob Krawitz received nearly perfect scores and won Superior Medals for their scene "Sad & Glad" from Almost Maine.  This performance qualified them to attend the International Thespian Festival (ITF) this summer.

Alana Malanga recieved  a Superior Medal for her rendition of "Happily Ever After" from Once Upon a Mattress, also  qualifying her to attend ITF. Finally, KJ Herwig and Jacob Krawitz won a superior medal for their performance of "Agony" from Into the Woods,  also qualifying them to participate in the International Thespian Festival.

In an effort to expand the offerings of the theatre program at SRDS, adjunct instructor Ms. Danielle Van Kampen formed a chapter of the International Thespian Society in the fall that serves both Upper School and Middle School students. This is the first time the school has been represented at a state wide festival where these budding thespians were able to showcase their talents.

New Jersey's largest annual theatre event is the New Jersey Thespian Festival. Over the course of the two days, students are able to participate in various workshops (in various areas of performance and technical theatre), compete in a variety of Individual and Group Events, audition for scholarships from colleges & universities and visit information booths and theatrical vendors. Overall, it is an extremely exciting weekend where students and educators from across the state can share together in their common love for the theatre arts. The festival also allows adults the chance to network with other theatre teachers and gain valuable practical information on how to improve theatre at their own schools.

Congratulations to our talented students for a fine representation on such a large 'stage!'

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