THE FIRST EIGHT schools have been invited to perform on the main stage at the 2020 International Thespian Festival, the nation’s leading high school theatre event. The invitations are based on productions adjudicated in fall 2019; three more schools will be invited this spring.

The highly coveted invitation signals achievement of superior work in theatre according to EdTA’s Director of Events Nancy Brown. “It is a real honor,” she explained, “because we send screening teams out across the U.S. and Canada during the school year, and only 11 schools will be selected to present their shows on the main stage. These Thespian troupes have earned a slot among those honored few.”

This year, more than 50 shows are being reviewed. The following productions were invited to perform.

  • 9 to 5
    Denver (Colorado) School of the Arts, Troupe 5869
  • My Fair Lady
    New Albany (Indiana) High School, Troupe 4501
  • The Spitfire Grill
    Marcus High School (Flower Mound, Texas), Troupe 4268
  • The Theory of Relativity
    Urbana (Illinois) High School, Troupe 161
  • Quilters
    Orange County School of the Arts (Santa Ana, California), Troupe 6826
  • Guys and Dolls
    Floyd Central High School (Floyds Knobs, Indiana), Troupe 1794
  • Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic
    Ardrey Kell High School (Charlotte, North Carolina), Troupe 7935
  • A Chorus Line
    Northwest School of the Arts (Charlotte, North Carolina), Troupe 5634
Floyd Central High School’s production of Guys and Dolls has been invited to perform at ITF 2020.
Floyd Central High School’s production of Guys and Dolls has been invited to perform at ITF 2020. Photo courtesy of Robbie Steiner.

The International Thespian Festival celebrates student achievement in the performing arts. More than 5,000 high school drama students and their teachers are expected to come together on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington June 22-27 for a weeklong immersion in workshops; interaction with colleges, industry leaders, and Broadway professionals; and opportunities to be inspired by the best high school theatre in the nation.

Learn more about the 2020 International Thespian Festival and follow updates on social media using the hashtag #thesfest20.

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