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This year, I was lucky enough to be the ITO representative for the Maryland Thespian Festival. I was also lucky enough to get an AWESOME EdTA Rep, Mrs. Martha Louden. Mrs. Louden picked me up from the airport on Thursday night and we got to have dinner together before heading to the hotel. I love talking with people from other states and finding out how their programs work and their chapters run.

We woke up on Friday morning and headed to Huntingtown High School. This was the first year Huntingtown hosted and they did an amazing job! Though it was cold, myself and the STO ran out to greet the busses as they came in. Once everyone was registered, we started with one acts! Maryland had some truly amazing one acts. Unfortunately, I did not get to see their winning one act myself. I was lucky enough to see all of their costumes and hear the judges’ comments though. The costuming, hair, and makeup were PHENOMINAL. All of the judges had amazing comments as well. I love getting to see how many talented Thespians there are!

By mid- morning, the STO had already sold all of the ducks! I was extremely impressed.  After the first couple of one act, it was time for another fundraiser. This year, Maryland did something brand new. They had a “Trash Bag Competition.” Each group got different pieces of trash, a trash bag, and tape. They had to make a costume in 5 minutes that was either a hero or villain costume. Then, the audience voted for which costume they wanted to win by placing dollar bills in their buckets. This was such a cool fundraiser!

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