The 2015-2016 school year is underway, and Oregon Thespians are hitting the ground running! We have two events happening right away that need your Troupe’s immediate attention.
LEADERSHIP SUMMIT is Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20. We’ll meet at Rex Putnam HS in Milwaukie on Saturday at 1 pm (after lunch) and meet through dinner, after which we’ll see PLAY ON at New Century Players, featuring some familiar faces! On Sunday morning, we meet at Portland Center Stage, downtown, where we’ll meet before lunch on your own and another show together: OUR TOWN at PCS. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 10 (name changes are permitted through Sept 17).
IMPROV FESTIVAL 2015 will be hosted by Lakeridge HS in Lake Oswego on Saturday, September 26, and a fun day of dramatic interaction with Thespians from across the state is in store! Click the IMPROV tab above for complete information. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 21.
Get on it, Thespians! Let’s launch ourselves into a terrific year!
2015-2016 OREGON THESPIAN EVENTS
Camp Thespis – August 10-12 – Camp Angelos near Corbett
Leadership Summit – September 19-20 – Rex Putnam HS, Milwaukie
Improv Festival – September 26 – Lakeridge HS, Lake Oswego
EdTA Conference for Troupe Directors (St Pete Beach, FL) – October 1-4
OTEA Conference for Troupe Directors – October 9 – Location TBA
Judges Training – January 16 – Rex Putnam HS (North) / McNary HS (South)
Regionals – February 6 – NW at Wilson HS, Portland; NE at Clackamas HS, Clackamas; S at Central HS, Salem (co-hosted by Dallas HS).
State Festival – March 31, April 1-2 – Salem, OR
Thespian Board Meetings will be August 9 (Camp Angelos), December 13 (Milwaukie HS), January 24 (Rex Putnam HS), March 5 (McNary HS), and May 15 (TBA).
Remember that Troupe Directors are welcome at all Board Meetings, which are generally from Noon to 4 pm on their scheduled dates. The August 9 meeting at Camp Angelos will begin at 2 pm.
A “THESTIVAL” BY THE NUMBERS: Over 1300 Thespians and Junior Thespians from 60 Middle and High Schools; 25 workshop and performance venues at 7 different sites throughout Downtown Salem; 57 unique workshops taught by 21 guest artists and organizations, in addition to Thespian Troupes; 3 Main Stage Productions; 37 One Acts; 4 hours of sonnets on the Capitol steps; Several flash mobs; 124 Showcase Auditions, resulting in 20 Showcase Performances; 79 Tech/Design Presentations; 5 Honor Troupes; $10,900 in college scholarships awarded to students; $1239.73 raised in 1 minute for South Albany HS; and $2000 raised for Broadway Cares!
WAY TO ACT WELL YOUR PART, OREGON THESPIANS!
Get ready for STATE 2016: March 31-April 2, 2016
Once again, our State Festival has gone mobile with GUIDEBOOK, the app that lets you carry everything you need for a fun and full weekend in the palm of your hand. Create your own schedule, search workshop and play titles to find exactly what you’re looking for, and — most importantly — keep up to date with every last-minute change or update!
Click here (or scan the code at left) to download GUIDEBOOK. The Thestival begins soon!
You can use the following PDF files to create your own printed schedule of Workshops and One Acts. Download and print the documents before you come to State. No printed schedules will be distributed at the Festival!
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE PDF
ONE ACT SCHEDULE PDF
During workshop times, you’ll also have a chance to meet STEVE! Artists and representatives at our State Thespian Educational Vendor Expo are excited to meet you!
LOOKING FOR TECH CHALLENGE INFORMATION? CLICK HERE!
Registrations are in! Over 1200 Thespians will be gathering in Salem April 9-11 for the 2015 Oregon Thespians State Festival: “I WISH TO GO TO THE THESTIVAL!”
Troupe Directors will receive Showcase Audition and Tech Entry schedules for Thursday, April 9, as will those who signed up to give an Honor Troupe presentation.
In addition, your Troupe can sign up to present one or more SHAKESPEARE SONNETS at the Capitol Building between 12:30 and 4:30 on Thursday, April 9. To sign up to present, CLICK HERE, list your school name, contact email and phone number, and which sonnet you will be performing. Each signup represents one sonnet. We can take up to 10 signups per 30-minute slot. It’s okay if sonnets are repeated. How you present your sonnet is entirely up to you. Any group size works, from solo readings to ensemble interpretations. The more theatrical the better! More information will be sent to the email address you list on your signup at this site.
TROUPE DIRECTORS: The updated CODE OF CONDUCT FORM and HEALTH/RELEASE FORM are now online. Each of your participants must fill out each of these forms and you need to turn in copies at registration (you may wish to keep a set of copies for yourself). Click here for more information.
PARADE OF TROUPES: We have changed the way we need you to submit your slide and extended the deadline to April 1. Please click this link and upload your slide online. Even if you’ve already emailed your slide, upload it at this link. Make sure your slide fits the criteria, or it will not be included in this year’s Parade of Troupes. Click here for more information.
The 2015 Oregon Thespians State Festival is April 9-11 in Salem, and now is the time to begin planning your participation!
Troupe Directors should review the REGISTRATION SITE and plan to submit a final and accurate registration by March 12.
Middle School groups can also register by March 12 for JUNIOR THESPIAN DAY during the State Festival.
March 12 is also the deadline for SCHOLARSHIP and STO APPLICATIONS, as well as HONOR TROUPE applications!
Important! If you qualified for the State Showcase auditions, your Troupe Director needs to confirm your participation at THIS SITE. You will be scheduled an audition time on Thursday, April 9. Your time will be sent to your Troupe Director during the week prior to Spring Break.
Watch here for more information and updates on how you can make your wishes come true, and rock the Oregon Thespians State “Thestival” in April!
It’s time for Oregon’s Thespians to bring their best to one of the largest state-wide auditions in the country. REGIONALS is the first step in the State Showcase Audition process. 10% of those who perform will advance to the final audition in Salem on April 9. An additional 10% will be recognized as Regional Finalists. EVERYONE will receive valuable feedback from specially selected judges, drawn from Oregon’s dynamic theatre community.
Review the important information found here to make the most of your Regionals Experience. We look forward to seeing you on February 7!
Reminder: This year, Oregon Thespians is adopting the “all black” rule that has been instituted at several other states and at the National Thespian Festival. All entrants are asked to dress in “professional black,” appropriate to the movement needs of their scene. Black pants and a black t-shirt are fine.
You may want to review the student information handout for Regionals, which highlights a few important reminders.
As we head into the new year and Thespian Season heats up, there are several important links for online registrations and activities that are now live. Check them out. Note that only Troupe Directors may register their Troupe for Thespian Events.
Troupe Directors: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR REGIONALS BY JANUARY 15
Judge Candidates: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR JUDGE TRAINING DAY
Troupe Directors: CLICK HERE TO RECOMMEND A JUDGE WE SHOULD RECRUIT
Artists / College Reps / Organizations: CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR STATE THESPIAN EDUCATIONAL VENDOR EXPO (STEVE!)
Students: Note that January 15 is also the final day to submit a play to the Playwriting Competition. Click here for more information!
Explore the tabs above to learn more about Regionals (February 7), Judging, and our State Festival in April! Gear up for 2015, Thespians!
The search is on as Juniors begin fielding piles of brochures in the mail, and Seniors put the finishing touches on application essays. Finding the right college can be a daunting task, and raises countless questions.
Is a four-year college right for me? Do I want a liberal arts education? What kind of major am I looking for? Does the food service include soft-serve?
If you’re in the midst of these questions, you’ve no doubt heard at least one person tell you “Wherever you go, it will be whatever you make of it.” Truer words never spoken.
But the first part of that equation … “wherever you go” … can be a tough first step to navigate. Fortunately, your friends at EdTA have compiled a treasury of resources and it’s all available for you online. Click here for EdTA’s College Resource Center.
From searching to applying to paying for college … there’s great information here for everyone, including teachers and parents. Check it out!
The annual Oregon Theatre Educators Association conference was held last weekend in Lincoln City, and a grand worthwhile time was had by all. But don’t take our word for it, check out THIS BLOG ENTRY from EdTA Executive Director Julie Woffington, who was our special guest at this event. Team Oregon is definitely poised for a banner year of Thespian and Theatre Education activity.
While Thespians remains a student-centered organization, serving our students’ educators is important to sustain the level of work we’ve established. That’s what OTEA is all about. For more information, click the tab above, or check out Julie’s blog entry. Special thanks to Board Member Scott Walker for heading up this terrific event!