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Schools across the state selected to perform at 43rd Annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival.

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The 43rd annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival, with the theme, "The Power of Transformation," recently announced the full-length and showcase productions.

The 2018 Illinois High School Theatre Festival, the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theater festival in the nation, is proud to announce the slate of full-length and showcase productions that have been selected to appear at this year's Festival:


Antioch High School: "The Crucible"

Belvidere High School: "Leaving Iowa"

Harrisburg High School: "Seussical the Musical TYA"

Lake Park High School: "Close Ties"

Maine South High School: "Noises Off!"

Niles West High School: "White Guy on the Bus"

Normal West High School: "The Laramie Project"

Rockford Lutheran School: "Magic: A Fantastic Comedy"

Wauconda High School: "All Shook Up"

West Chicago High School: "We Will Rock You AaAaAeA} School Editio

Huntley High School: "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)"


Belvidere North High School: "Sixteen in 10 Minutes or Less"

Homewood-Flossmoor High School: "14 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview"

Keith Country Day School: "No One Wants to Know"

King College Prep: "The Taming of the Shrew"

Lincoln Park High School: "Sorry"

Taft High School: "The Trojan Women"

Vernon Hills High School: "'08"
   The  Illinois  High  School  Theatre Festival
strives to showcase student performances from
throughout the
   state.  To    achieve this    goal,   two    or    three
theatre educators (responders) view a submitted
   Following    the    performance,    a    discussion    is
   held    with    the    cast    and    crew    where   they    can
   ask    questions    of
   the    responders.    The    responders    may    also
state their opinions and give suggestions. The
   discussion    is    an    amazing learning    experience
   for    all.    After   the    performance,    the    responders
   complete    a
   written critique/recommendation form,   which   is    submitted
   to    the    Play    Selection    Committee,    who
   the final decision.
   About the Illinois High School Theatre Festival

Now in its 43rd consecutive year, the Illinois High School Theatre Festival (IHSTF) is the largest

and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the world. Over 4,500 students,

teachers, university representatives, exhibitors, and volunteers come together to put on

theatrical workshops and various high school productions. The IHSTF organizes over 150

workshops, whose topics range from acting, musical theatre, auditions, improvisation, technical

theatre, directing, stage management, make-up and costumes, lighting and special effects, to

name a few. In addition, more than 20 high school productions, both showcases and full-length,

from around the state are selected to perform at the IHSTF each year.

This year's Festival, themed "The Power of Transformation" is led by IHSTF Executive Director

Nathaniel Haywood (Downers Grove North HS) and features the Broadway smash hit of Big

Fish as its All-State production. The All-State cast, crew, and pit orchestra is comprised of the

top student performers, technicians, and musicians in the state of Illinois. Big Fish will be

performed throughout the Festival.

On the first night of the Festival, participants attend the much-anticipated Opening Performance

with a guest artist or troupe. This year's opening features Visceral Dance. Past opening

ceremonies have included Broadway's Seth Rudetsky, Wilson Heredia, Tyce Green, Chicago's

Second City, The Neo-Futurists, and many others.

Another highlight of the IHSTF includes the college/university auditions and technical portfolio

presentations for high school juniors and seniors. Students who plan to pursue theatre or

musical theatre in college may audition/interview for theatrical programs in and around the state

of Illinois. In the past, there have been over 35 colleges/universities in attendance.

Over the main two days of the Festival, attendees will see and participate in different sets of

workshops, student showcases, high school productions, and various social activities, plus the

All-State Production of Big Fish.

The three-day Festival takes place every year in early January and switches locations between

the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois State University. Illinois State

University will host the 2018 Festival from Thursday, January 11 to Saturday, January 13.

The IHSTF 2018 Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, and

corporate donations or in-kind services. Each year contributions are made to the Julie Anne

Nelson Memorial Fund, which provides overall support for the Festival and scholarships to

schools in need of financial assistance, and the Clif Aldridge Scholarship Fund, which provides

financial assistance to All-State Company members. For more information about how to make a

contribution please contact Aimee-Lynn Newlan, ITA Executive Director

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Date:Dec 9, 2017
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