PITTSBURG — The cast of Pittsburg High School Theatre’s “Urinetown” got word Friday that they have been selected to perform at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The troupe was informed Friday — fresh off a Thursday performance at the Kansas Thespian Festival in Wichita — that it was one of 11 groups nationwide selected to perform on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus in June. It will be the first time PHS has performed at the festival.
“The students have been getting huge congratulations all day, and I’ve been talking to a lot of people who have performed at internationals before while we’re here at state,” PHS Theatre Director Greg Shaw said. “There isn’t a much more supportive place we could be right now with this news.”
Adjudicators from both the Kansas and International festivals attended the original performance of “Urinetown” in Pittsburg. PHS found out in December that it would be performing on the main stage in Wichita, and will now take their talents to the next level.
Shaw said it was an honor for both the students and educators involved.
“It certainly justifies all the hard work we’ve put in, and it shows the students that people appreciate their talent and attention to detail,” he said. “For a student to be told we want you to be the example of what you’re doing, nationally, is an honor and a daunting responsibility.”
Much like the state festival, the International Thespian Festival will include workshops, other shows and college recruiters, but at the next level.
“The workshops will be run by Broadway professionals, and schools from all over, including California and New York, will be there,” Shaw said. “The students will be performing in front of the people who can really affect their futures, which is really exciting.”
Shaw said workshops at the festival will be longer and more specialized, and the students will perform in front of over 6,000 students and 1,000 adults. PHS is slated to perform on the Kimball Main Stage and will perform twice during the festival, which takes place June 25-30.
Once PHS returns from the state festival in Wichita, the group will have to organize with the school district, as well as begin planning a fundraising campaign for the trip.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.