Blog post by EC thespian Angela Tibudan:
“It was a weekend following weeks of hard work for Everest Collegiate’s thespians, who traveled to Detroit from December 13 to 15 to participate in this year’s Michigan Thespian Festival. The International Thespian Society promotes quality theatre education, fosters leadership and communication, and improves the performance skills of its members. This year, seventeen Everest students attended and despite having the shadow of their upcoming exams looming over them, took the opportunity to learn and grow in their art. They were able to attend workshops on different aspects of theatre: from improv, dance, stage combat, accents, voice coaching, auditions, special effects fantasy makeup, and even an aerial skills class.
Aside from the variety of workshops offered, some students were able to compete in front of distinguished theatre professionals in their individual events, in which they were awarded the ratings of fair, good, excellent, and superior. Our thespians hit the mark and “acted well their part”, earning five excellent scores and four superior scores. Everyone who performed an individual event earned at least one of these two best honors. A big congratulations to Anna Allard, Danielle Brown, Maggie Smith, Grace Miller, and Michelle Villella on their superior ratings; “hats off” to Jon Brzezinski, Allison Brzezinski, and Angela Tibudan on their excellent ratings.
Lastly, the festival was a more than groundbreaking event for Everest seniors, who surely made many memories during their last time on the trip. While colleges promoted and displayed their theatre programs, seniors Colleen Walker, Grace Miller, and Rachel Scott all competed and performed for a chance to earn scholarships from these schools. All together, these young ladies brought in a grand total of $472,000- almost half a million dollars and double the amount received by seniors last year-from the likes of institutions such as Rochester University, Siena Heights University, and University of Detroit Mercy.
We could never be more proud of the talents of our students and their accomplishments. EC thespians truly exemplified what it means to be Semper Altius this weekend in the Motor City, and we wish them the best for their future endeavors and performances. Break a leg!”