PHS Thespian Troupe attends International Thespian Festival in Nebraska; will present “Almost, Maine” at Postville High School this month

On the first night of the Festival, the Postville Thespians watched a documentary called “Purple Dreams.”  The next day, while watching “Newsies” on the main stage the PHS group was able to meet the director of the production, Corey Mitchell. Mitchell is the first recipient of the Excellence in Theatre Education Tony Award.


Speech Coach and Thespian Advisor, Derek Friederich and his wife, Anne, who is the assistant coach, traveled to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with 15 Postville High School students to the International Thespian Festival June 25-30. The fifteen students, who are all inducted members in the Postville Thespian Troupe, include Litci Marroquin, Emma Heins, Brayan Silva, Katherine Munoz, Jennifer Bernal, Sapphire Miller, Justin Hileman, Andrew Hernandez, Marcy Ixen, Veronica Santoyo, Khiaya Burns, Estevan Sanchez, Aleesa Lavrenko, Hilary De La Rosa and Wilson Perez.

Those who traveled to Lincoln are all members of Postville Community School District’s re-chartered Thespian Troupe 417.The mission of the International Thespian Society is to honor student achievement in the theatre arts.  As such, any student participating in theatre, be it on stage or off, is eligible to be inducted into the troupe after completing 100 hours of excellent work.  Along with the 15 current members, the troupe has five thespian apprentices.  The coach said, “Our group was rechartered in 2017 and we hope to increase our numbers to over 30 at the end of the 2019 school year.”

The Thespian Troupe will be performing “Almost, Maine” at the Fine Arts Center at PHS August 25 and 26. They are working to showcase some of the techniques they learned at the International Festival. Their coach said, “We are working hard and really want to fill the auditorium. We have a web site, along with online ticketing. “Almost, Maine” is one of the most popular productions put on by high school students in the US and we want to showcase it here. It was one of the productions on the main stage at the Festival.”

Read the full article in the August 8 edition of the Postville Herald.