CINCINNATI – Broadway has the Tonys. Hollywood has the Oscars. The Thespians have the Thespy. And Foster High School’s performing arts department will soon have a Thespy Trophy in its display case.
The International Thespian Excellence Awards, or Thespys for short, recognize the highest level of achievement in school theater performance and technical theater.
The second annual awards show was the culmination of the Educational Theater Association’s International Theater Festival, the ultimate celebration of school theater.
The educational program gives Thespians – students who have been inducted into the International Thespian Society, the honorary organization for theater students – the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on prepared theatrical material and technical designs.
Students who achieve overall top marks in their Chapter event and achieve the highest scores in their category at the International Thespian Festival earn Thespy Awards. Thirty-nine students were honored at this year’s ceremony.
“The Thespy Awards represent the highest level of achievement in academic performance and technical theater,” said EdTA Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald. “These winners have shown tremendous dedication and effort to earn this recognition. We are delighted to be able to honor them during the Showcase and throughout the year.
Foster High School theater students Nicole Gee, Christopher Duncan, Ashwin Hillenbrand, Mia Subora, Kenzi Patton, Rachel Lazarou and Hannah Bronsell won the Thespy for their performance of “Skid Row” from Little Shop of Horrors.