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R. E. Lee Theatre Students Win Statewide Honors at Virginia Thespian Society Conference and Advance to International Thespian Festival Competition

Competitions and Robert E. Lee H.S. Winners

Five Robert E. Lee High School students will be attending the International Thespian Festival (ITF) in Lincoln, Nebraska during the week of June 24-30.  The five students qualified for national competition by winning statewide honors in their respective theatre category competitions at the Virginia Thespian Conference in January.  The students are:      

    Zach Arnold, a senior, who won first place in monologues;

   Matt Berger, a senior, and Candace Frank, a junior, who won first place in duet acting;

   Amy Cox, a senior, who won first place in scene design; and

   Becky Cox, a sophomore, who won second place in scene design.

This is the first time (to our knowledge) that R. E. Lee students have competed and qualified for national competitions at ITF.   

In addition, Berger and Amy Cox, who are on Lee’s award-winning Cappies Critics Team (and both of whom have been published in The Washington Post), have been invited to write reviews of the ITF main-stage shows for publication in a special festival newsletter that will be distributed to each of the approximately 3000 ITF participants and to teach a theatre critics workshop (they will be working with Capitol Steps and Cappies co-founder Bill Strauss).  All festival participants attend theatre workshops, main-stage shows and other events that are packed into this one-week festival schedule. 

ITF is sponsored annually by the Educational Theatre Association and its affiliate the International Thespian Society.  R. E. Lee students are members of Thespian Troupe 362.  The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed ITF on its National Advisory List of Activities for 2001-02. 

Back left to right: Becky Cox; Trena Weiss-Null, drama director; Matt Berger
Front row left to right:  Amy Cox; Zach Arnold; Candy Frank 

Costs 

The costs for the five students and two chaperones (one male, one female, as required by ITF rules) will be $5829.  This includes festival registration/room/board on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus and transportation costs.  Lee Drama Boosters is supporting the Lee representatives with a substantial grant of $2100 to defray part of the ITF costs and has provided a pre-festival short-term (through June 14) loan of $1169 to facilitate registration, which occurred in March.

$5829 – $2100 = $3729 

The loan of $1169 and transportation costs of $2560 (a total of $3729) must be paid by the students and their families. 

Note:  Because this year was the first time that Lee had competed at the Virginia Thespian Conference, there was no pre-January budget planning for the ITF-Nebraska trip.