Main stage

Main stage.


The Festival 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. 

Note: To give as many schools as possible the chance to perform at Festival, schools may present in only one Festival 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 Festival main stage or Freestyle Theatre.

Read the International Thespian Festival main stage performance rules.

To date the following shows have been invited to one of the Festival main stages:

Fox on the Fairway, to be presented by Troupe 639, Salina Central High School, Salina, KS, directed by Chad Nulik
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, to be presented by Troupe 856, Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf, IA, directed by William Myatt
West Side Story, to be presented by Troupe 4982, Bradford High School, Kenosha, WI, directed by Holly Stanfield
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, to be presented by the Nevada All-State Cast and Crew, directed by Jennifer Hemme
[title of show], to be presented by Troupe 3842, Wahlert Catholic High School, Dubuque, IA, directed by Colin Muenster
She Stoops to Conquer, to be presented by Troupe 5464, North Penn High School, Lansdale, PA, directed by Andrea Lee Roney and Debra Buckner
Heathers, The Musical (High School Edition), to be presented by Troupe 6896, J.J. Pearce High School, Richardson, TX, directed by Heather Biddle
Steel Magnolias, to be presented by Troupe 4816, Nordhoff High School, Ojai, CA, directed by John Hoj
Eurydice, to be presented by Troupe 6290, Labette County High School, Altamont, KS, directed by Heather Wilson
Memphis, the Musical, to be presented by the Georgia All-State Cast and Crew, directed by Jenny Morris
1776, to be presented by Troupe 7929, Indian Trail High School and Academy, Kenosha, WI, directed by Cheri Steinkellner

A note about Kimball tickets:

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 Festival attendees. Each year we try new approaches to ticketing based on feedback received from previous Festivals, in an effort to welcome as many delegates to Kimball shows as possible. This 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.

In 2017 we're working with BookTix to provide online selection of Kimball show seats. The sooner a troupe is registered and paid in full for Festival, 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 Festival registration.

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

To date the following shows are scheduled to be adjudicated for the 2017 International Thespian Festival main stage:

Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice
The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich
To Kill a Mockingbird by Christopher Sergel
The Great Gatsby by Simon Levy
Cabaret (Revised) by Joe Masteroff, John Kander, and Fred Ebb
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Ripcord by David Lindsay-Abaire
Orphan Train by Dennis North
Madagascar by Kevin Aguila
Curtains by Rupert Holmes
Hello, Dolly! by Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman
Abundance by Michael Hesford
Thoroughly Modern Millie by Dick Scanlan, Jeanine Tesori, and Richard Henry Morris
Beauty and the Beast by Linda Woolverton
Boeing-Boeing by Marc Camoletti, Beverley Cross, and Francis Evans
Euripides translated by Edna O’Brien
The Yellow Wallpaper by Brandon Becker
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
39 Steps by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
The Mourner’s Bench by George Brant
We Will Rock You, School Edition by Queen and Ben Elton
Ghost The Musical, School Edition by Bruce Joel Rubin, Dave Stewart, and Glen Ballard
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Terra Nova by Ted Tally
Jekyll and Hyde by Frank Wildhorn, Steve Cuden, and Leslie Bricusse
Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe by Jonathan Christenson
These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich
The Survivor by Susan Nanus