Congratulations to the cast of the 2017 International Thespian Festival opening show:
Chloe Abram, Troupe 7398, Ensworth High School, Nashville, Tennessee.
Nicholas Boegel, Troupe 3681, Widdifield Secondary School, North Bay, Ontario.
Nathan Bonsall, Troupe 1811, Kearney High School, Kearney, Nebraska.
Antonio Cipriano, Troupe 5253, University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.
Maura Cunning, Troupe 3093, Lake Havasu High School, Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
Sylvia Fisher, Troupe 830, Pennsbury High School, Yardley, Pennsylvania.
Lucy Geller, Troupe 750, South Eugene High School, Eugene, Oregon.
Arianna Hardaway, Troupe 4048, Heritage High School, Conyers, Georgia.
Bryson Jackson, Troupe 7052, McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney, Texas.
Eric Leigh, Troupe 3842, Wahlert Catholic High School, Peosta, Iowa.
Cherish Myers, Troupe 513, Westerville South High School, Columbus, Ohio.
Connor Ripperger, Troupe 69, Dubuque Senior High School, Dubuque, Iowa.
Congratulations to the crew of the 2017 International Thespian Festival opening show:
Catherine Adams, Troupe 5022, Mehlville High School, St. Louis, Missouri.
Martin Benesh, Troupe 1470, Mt. Vernon High School, Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
Zachary Brunkhorst, Troupe 5140, Fort Zumwalt North High School, O'Fallon, Missouri.
Hailey Brunson, Troupe 8104, Rock Ridge High School, Ashburn, Virginia.
Nathan Dunahoo, Troupe 739, North Scott High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Meghan Emanuel, Troupe 8104, Rock Ridge High School, Ashburn, Virginia.
Sean Gardner, Troupe 8093, Brownell-Talbot School, Omaha, Nebraska.
Eva Granger, Troupe 7050, Cypress Woods High School, Cypress, Texas.
Emily Hayman, Troupe 513, Westerville South High School, Columbus, Ohio.
Hannah Kane, Troupe 8104, Rock Ridge High School, Ashburn, Virginia.
Jerran Kowalski, Troupe 1794, Floyd Central High School, Floyds Knobs, Indiana.
Grant Perry, Troupe 4463, Sylvania Northview High School, Sylvania, Ohio.
Brett Rose, Troupe 7050, Cypress Woods High School, Cypress, Texas.
Madison Sutton, Troupe 2526, Texas High School, Texarkana, Texas.
Kendall Swendsen, Troupe 7014, Seven Lakes High School, Katy, Texas.
Thomas White, Troupe 4379, Poplar Bluff High School, Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
The national cast opening show at the International Thespian Festival brings Thespians from across the country and all over the world together! High school actors, singers, dancers, and technicians rehearse and perform alongside prominent musical theatre writers, Broadway actors, and professional musicians to create a special cabaret-style show on the Festival main stage featuring some of the industry's biggest names and finest talent.
The 2017 national cast opening show, We Tell the Story, celebrates the works of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
In 2017 longtime contributors J. Jason Daunter, Jason Yarcho, Matt Conover, Jeff Hall, and Diane Carr will be joined on the production team by Eric Cornell, whose Broadway credits include Big Fish, Rocky, Sister Act, Next to Normal, and Wicked. He is the executive producer of Anastasia, written by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty, and Lynn Ahrens.
Check out highlights of 2016's national cast opening show, Spark of Creation.
Thank you to the sponsors of the 2017 International Thespian Festival opening show: