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GCHS Drama wins awards at state conference

Members of the Garden City High School International Thespian Society Troupe #2846 earlier this month attended the Kansas State Thespian Conference at Century II in Wichita.

The GCHS Drama program presented their fall musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” on the Century II concert hall stage, one of only five schools from across the state asked to bring a show to the festival to perform each year.  This honor is equivalent of winning state for the theater program. 

Thirteen students qualified for Thespys for the International Thespian Festival (ITF) in June. This is the most students qualified for Thespys in GCHS’ history as a troupe. 

Students who received a Superior rating (qualified for ITF) include: Phybee Madlangbayan, solo acting; Razel Quintero/Georgia Fahrmeier, duet musical; Santiago Rueda/ Jasper Transfiguracion/Nic Vigil, Group acting; Hayley Loya, solo musical; Ryan Pilosof, solo musical; Danica Galia, solo musical; Maria Sanchez, solo musical; Alex Terriquez, stage management; Izzy Frey, set design; and Esme Corado, costume construction.

Students who received an Excellent rating include: Chris Plisek, solo acting; Joy Herring, costume construction; Summer Dortch, makeup design; Lexi Gomez, makeup design; Annalise York/ Raelee James, Croat-duet musical; Kyra Linenberger, solo musical; Kenzie Torres, solo musical; Katrina Almaguer, solo musical; Rylan Anderson, playwriting; Maddie Crow, stage management; Dominic Centatiempo, costume construction; and Kennedy Johnson, solo musical.

Students who received a Good rating include: Silas Lobmeyer, solo acting and Shea Huber, lighting design.

The school took third place with the chapter select One Act play “Now. Here. This.” They were also named a Gold Troupe for the tenth year in a row. 

Hayley Loya was selected to be a State Thespian Officer for next year. She will be one of six students from across the state who will run the festival. Loya will be the second State Thespian Officer in the school’s history of being a troupe at the festival. 

Ms. Alice Hilt was named Region 5 Teacher of the Year at the festival.  Hilt is the Drama/Theatre teacher at Garden City High School.