The annual Michigan Thespian Festival took place on Dec. 4-6. The virtual festival brought together students and teachers from across Michigan, and while it was virtual it still retained all of the elements of the live festival.
Grove’s students competed in the Individual Events with 21 entries. These events are adjudicated by 3 professionals or university professors with expertise in the particular category. The students were coached and directed by Mr. John Rutherford, director of theatre at W.E. Groves High School, but had to figure out how to record, present and perform for the virtual format all on their own.
Superior (highest rating possible)
AJ Camisa & Lily Reed-Nordwall-Duet Acting
Laurent Sainte-Marie & Anna Forberg-Duet Acting
Clare Birley-Solo Musical Theatre
Ainsley Nelson-Solo Musical Theatre
Clare Birley/Ainsley Nelson-Duet Musical Theatre
Jim Allen-Sound Design
Jack Handzel-Sound Design
Gillian Emerick-Makeup Design
Adam Rhen-Theatre Marketing
Sami Meal-Playwriting, Hayden Miller-Short Film
Excellent (second highest rating possible)
Hayden Miller & Hope Sherwood-Duet Acting
Jack Handzel & Gillian Emerick-Duet Acting
Annelise Ross-Solo Musical Theatre
Annelise Ross-Theatre Marketing
Mia Frank-Short Film
In addition to the individual events, Alexis Richardson participated in both college scholarships and thespian scholarship auditions. Alexis received one of the 10 Thespian Scholarships given out. Congratulations, Alexis!