Main stage

Main stage

The ITF main stage is the place for performers and audiences to experience the beauty and excitement of live theatre. There's nothing like the rush of presenting a show in front of hundreds of fellow Thespians. Schools invited to present in the Lied and the Kimball will be asked to present their shows two times. Main stage shows are selected by a team of adjudicators. Your show can be big or small—we just want the best. 

All 11 slots have been awarded! Check out the news story here.

ITF Opening Show: Lights, Camera, Thespians

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ITF opens this year with a multi-award-winning feature documentary, Purple Dreams.

This film chronicles a two- and-a-half year journey following Northwest School of the Arts, Thespian Troupe 5634, in their quest to reach the pinnacle of high school theatre... bringing the high school world premiere of The Color Purple to ITF.

Youth stereotypes are turned upside down in this powerful film which serves as an inspirational window into the lives of inner-city, at-risk students who succeed at their passion while embracing the transformative power of their arts education.

Following the film, the ITF audience will be treated to an exclusive, live interview with the film’s director and its producer, as well as the Tony Award-winning director, and EdTA's executive director.

You won’t want to miss this special Monday event to launch ITF.

 

Note: To give as many schools as possible the chance to perform at ITF, schools may present in only one venue: main stage, Freestyle Theatre, or the Chapter Select Showcase. If your school is performing in the Chapter Select Showcase then your school cannot perform as part of ITF main stage or Freestyle Theatre.


Thespian Festival 2018 Main Stage Kimball Hall Presentations

Day/time performance schedule

 1.  ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – 6:00 p.m. – Monday, June 25
 Troupe #4151, Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park, Kansas
 Jeremy D. Riggs, director
 2.  ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – 9:00 p.m. – Monday, June 25
 Troupe #4151, Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park, Kansas
 Jeremy D. Riggs, director
 3.  CELTIC TALES – 3:00 p.m. – Tuesday, June 26
 Troupe #66, Paola High School, Paola, Kansas
 Leslie Anne Coats, director
 4.  CELTIC TALES – 7:30 p.m. – Tuesday, June 26
 Troupe #66, Paola High School, Paola, Kansas
 Leslie Anne Coats, director 
 5.  Disney’s FREAKY FRIDAY, a New Musical – 3:00 p.m. – Wednesday, June 27
 Troupe #4982, Bradford High School, Kenosha, Wisconsin
 Holly Stanfield, director
 6.  Disney’s FREAKY FRIDAY, a New Musical – 7:30 p.m. – Wednesday, June 27
 Troupe #4982, Bradford High School, Kenosha, Wisconsin
 Holly Stanfield, director
 7.  URINETOWN, the Musical – 3:00 p.m. – Thursday, June 28
 Troupe #3149, Pittsburg High School, Pittsburg, Kansas
 Greg Shaw, director
 8.  URINETOWN, the Musical – 7:30 p.m. – Thursday, June 28
 Troupe #3149, Pittsburg High School, Pittsburg, Kansas
 Greg Shaw, director
 9.  SILENT SKY – 3:00 p.m. – Friday, June 29
 Troupe #2075, Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, Louisiana
 Kristi Jacobs-Stanley, director
 10.  SILENT SKY – 7:30 p.m. – Friday, June 29
 Troupe #2075, Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, Louisiana
 Kristi Jacobs-Stanley, director 
 11.  THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE – 3:00 p.m. – Saturday, June 30
 Troupe #5869, Denver School of the Arts, Denver, Colorado
 Shawn Hann, director
 12.  THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE – 7:30 p.m. – Saturday, June 30
 Troupe #5869, Denver School of the Arts, Denver, Colorado
 Shawn Hann, director

Thespian Festival 2018 Main Stage Lied Center Presentations

Day/time performance schedule

 1.  PURPLE DREAMS – 6:00 p.m. – Monday, June 25
 Movie 
 Doug Berlon, coordinator
 2.  PURPLE DREAMS – 9:00 p.m. – Monday, June 25
 
Movie
 Doug Berlon, coordinator
 3.  Disney's NEWSIES  – 3:00 p.m. – Tuesday, June 26
 Troupe #1794, Floyd Central High School, Floyd Knobs, Indiana
Robbie Steiner, director
 4.  Disney's NEWSIES – 7:30 p.m. – Tuesday, June 26
Troupe #1794, Floyd Central High School, Floyd Knobs, Indiana
Robbie Steiner, director
 
 5.  THE VISIT – 3:00 p.m. – Wednesday, June 27
 Troupe #1539, Edina High School, Edina, Minnesota
 John Riedlinger, director
 6.  THE VISIT – 7:30 p.m. – Wednesday, June 27
Troupe #1539, Edina High School, Edina, Minnesota
 John Riedlinger, director
 7.  BIG FISH – 3:00 p.m. – Thursday, June 28
 Illinois All-State Cast and Crew
 LaDonna Wilson, director
 8.  BIG FISH – 7:30 p.m. – Thursday, June 28
 Illinois All-State Cast and Crew
 LaDonna Wilson, director
 9.  I.E.s SHOWCASE/AWARDS PRESENTATIONS – 8:30 a.m. – Friday, June 29
 Various awards will be presented in between I.E.s
 Jim Curtis and Nate Netzley, coordinators
 10.  BRIGHT STAR – 3:00 p.m. – Friday, June 29
 Troupe #1983, West Orange High School, Winter Garden, Florida
 Tara Whitman, director 
 11.  BRIGHT STAR – 7:30 p.m. – Friday, June 29 
Troupe #1983, West Orange High School, Winter Garden, Florida
 Tara Whitman, director 
 12.  I.E.s SHOWCASE/AWARDS PRESENTATIONS – 8:30 a.m. – Saturday, June 30 
 Various awards will be presented in between I.E.s
 Jim Curtis and Nate Netzley, coordinators
 13.  TRAP – 3:00 p.m. – Saturday, June 30
Troupe #5006, Olathe South High School, Olathe, Kansas
 David Tate Hastings, director 
 14.  TRAP – 7:30 p.m. – Saturday, June 30
Troupe #5006, Olathe South High School, Olathe, Kansas
 David Tate Hastings, director 

Main Stage Shows Seating Assignments (Lied and Kimball)

Lied main stage seats:

Every delegate will be assigned a seat to see all the shows in the Lied. To accomodate the delegation, each Lied show will be presented twice.

Kimball main stage seats:

Main stage shows in the Kimball Recital Hall are outstanding and the facility is charming, but with only 800 seats in the venue, it's impossible to accommodate 4,000 attendees. Beginning last year, we've created a way to give troupe directors unlimited flexibility not only in selecting the shows they want their students to see, but also allowing them to select specific seats to ensure their students are seated together.

We will continue to work with BookTix to provide online selection of Kimball show seats. The sooner a troupe is registered and paid in full, the better selection of shows and seats the troupe will receive. Each troupe will receive two tickets per registrant to use as they want. For example, a troupe may choose to have all its students attend two shows together, or break tickets up to allow a smaller portion of the troupe see each show. Each troupe can decide! Full details and processing will be provided to troupe directors upon their completion of ITF registration. 

Seats are limited, and shows will sell out. The sooner a troupe is registered and paid in full for ITF, the better their chances to see the shows they want.


Adjudicated Shows

To date the following shows are scheduled to be adjudicated for the 2018 ITF main stage:

Jekyll and Hyde by Frank Wildhorn, Steve Cuden, and Leslie Bricusse
The Addams Family by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, and Andrew Lippa
Trap by Stephen Gregg
Disney's Newsies by Harvey Fierstein, Alan Menken, and Jack Feldman
Sweet Charity by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields
Tuck Everlasting by Claudia Shear, Chris Miller, Nathan Tysen, and Tim Federle
One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean
Big Fish by John August and Andrew Lippa
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin
Bright Star by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman
The Diviners by Jim Leonard, Jr.
Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice and Wayne Barker
A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro
Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt
Almost Maine by John Cariani
Pippin by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson
Urinetown by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (as told by himself) by Donald Margulies
Chicago by Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse, John Kander, and David Thompson
The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Maurice Valency
Freaky Friday by Bridget Carpenter, Tom Kitt, and Brian Yorkey
Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson
Dani Girl by Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond
Buddy (The Buddy Holly Story) by Alan Janes
Gifted by Tommy Lee Johnston
Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel
The Robber Bridegroom by Alfred Uhry and Robert Waldman
Silent Laughter by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore
Godspell by John Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz
Celtic Tales adapted by Leslie Coats
The Fall of the House of Usher adapted by Robert Lanier
Moon Over Buffalo by Ken Ludwig
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang
MacBeth by William Shakespeare

Click here for a list of all the shows that have been on the ITF main stage since 2006.