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CWU to Host 1,000 High School Thespians at Festival

Playwriting, stage blood, wigs, masks, and teeth are among the topics covered in workshops offered during the Washington State Thespians Annual Festival this week at Central Washington University.

More than 1,000 student thespians and adult chaperones from 38 state high schools are expected to attend the Thursday through Saturday conference. Students will participate in workshops, watch their peers perform in plays and musicals, compete for showcase performances, and audition for scholarships. CWU will award tuition waivers of $500 to $3,000 to the winning students, which can be used fall quarter at any CWU campus for any field of study.

The numerous workshops will teach students about audition techniques and monologues, improvisation, acting in commercials, dialects, African dance, scene painting, stage lighting, and much more. A Thursday evening audition gives students a chance to perform in a musical production planned for Saturday’s closing ceremony.

Washington State Thespians is a chapter of the Educational Theatre Association. The organization hosts multiple events to honor student achievement and support theater educators in Washington. The Educational Theatre Association is a national nonprofit organization with approximately 90,000 student and professional members. The association’s mission is to shape lives through theater education. It operates the International Thespian Society, an honorary organization that has inducted more than two million theater students since its founding in 1929.

CWU offers bachelor of fine arts degrees in performance, design and production, and musical theater; and bachelor of arts degrees in theater studies, and film and video studies.

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