ON TUESDAY, workshop sessions began in full force, as did the student leadership program that will result in the selection of the 2019-20 International Thespian Officers. The day also saw the launch of the National Individual Events program, with students showing off their performance and technical skills for the chance to appear in the program’s showcase on Friday and Saturday. On the main stage, the all-state team from Kansas presented the high-energy musical Bring It On, while Garden City (Kan.) High School entertained with an art-infused production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Chapter Select performances from Alabama, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Nevada took over the Howell Theatre stage, while the Carson stage featured Freestyle Theatre shows from Kentucky and Massachusetts. Late night hip-hop and improv rounded out the festival’s second day.

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