Students Shine at Theatre Festival
Hundreds of middle and high school student actors, dancers, singers and stage technicians showed off their talents and participated in a variety of workshops at the 2020 Theatre Festival, held on January 24 at Clarksburg High School.
MCPS students from Montgomery Blair, Clarksburg, Albert Einstein, Northwood, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley, Springbrook, Watkins Mill and Wheaton high schools, and Eastern and A. Mario Loiederman middle schools participated in the annual festival. Students presented work, songs, scenes and monologues to their peers and to theater professionals, as part of an adjudication process.
The event also included workshops on a range of topics. Students had the opportunity to hone and learn skills, including auditioning, sound design, movement, makeup, stage lighting, expressive singing, stage combat, performing Shakespeare, using wireless mics, and pursuing a career in theater.
Theater professionals from Adventure Theatre, Imagination Stage, Olney Theatre Center, Round House Theatre and Parlights led some of the workshops and worked with students. Representatives from Catholic University, Montgomery College, Pennsylvania State University and Towson University also shared their expertise.
The annual event allows students to engage in authentic learning opportunities to develop their skills, explore pathways that theater offers as a potential career choice, and deepen their appreciation of theatre arts. Festival coordinators were Julian Lazarus, teacher at Loiederman; Michelle Meyer, teacher at Clarksburg; and Jess Vogel, teacher at Quince Orchard.
Watch a video from the event.