South High Students Attend New York Thespian Festival


Members of Theatre South’s Thespian Troupe 7486 participated in the New York Thespian Festival at LIU Brooklyn on April 29. Eleven South High School students attended the full-day event which included theatre workshops and presentations, and three students received awards for solo performances at the Festival.

From the left: South High students Michelle Harris, Alyssa Wong, and Cooper Brown received awards for their solo performances at the New York Thespian Festival (Contributed photo)

Festival attendees had the option of presenting a solo performance in various categories to be adjudicated by theatre professionals and receive individualized feedback. The highest ranking of Best of Fest was awarded to Cooper Brown (Monologue Performance) and Michelle Harris (Musical Theatre Solo Performance), and a Superior Rating was awarded to Alyssa Wong (Musical Theatre Solo Performance) and Cooper Brown (Short Film). At the end of the day-long festival, these students performed their pieces again for all attendees.

The annual New York Thespian Festival provides an opportunity for middle and high school students and their teachers to join together and participate in workshops, performances, and presentations. Several South High students helped to organize the festival and work the event in their roles as State Thespian Officers for the 2022–23 school year.

The faculty advisor for Thespian Troupe 7486 is Ilana Meredith Schikler, drama teacher/theatre director at South High.

—Submitted by the Great Neck
Public Schools District

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